West Virginia State Senate District 16

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West Virginia State Senate District 16
Current incumbentHerb Snyder Democratic Party
John Unger Democratic Party
Population149,067
Voting age75.3% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
West Virginia's sixteenth state senate district is represented by Democrat Senators Herb Snyder and John Unger.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 149,067 civilians reside within West Virginia's sixteenth state senate district.[1] West Virginia state senators represent an average of 54,500 residents.[2] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 53,187 residents.[3]

About the office

Members of the West Virginia State Senate serve four-year terms and are not subject to term limits. West Virginia legislators assume office the first day of December following the election.

Qualifications

Section 13 of Article 6 of the West Virginia Constitution states, "No person holding any other lucrative office or employment under this state, the United States, or any foreign government; no member of Congress; and no person who is sheriff, constable, or clerk of any court of record, shall be eligible to a seat in the Legislature."

Salaries

See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2013, members of the West Virginia Legislature are paid $20,000/year. Legislators receive $131/day per diem during session, set by the compensation commission.[4]

Vacancies

See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

If there is a vacancy in the senate, the Governor is responsible for filling any vacancy.[5][6]

There are two procedures for filling vacancies dependent upon how much time is left in the vacant senator's term. A gubernatorial appointment is required if less than two months and two years are left in the term. A temporary gubernatorial appointment is required for any vacancy that has more than two months and two years remaining. The person who is selected by the Governor to fill the seat on an interim basis, serves until the next scheduled general election. A special election must be held to determine a permanent replacement. The executive committee of the political party that holds the vacant senate seat is responsible for making recommendations to the Governor on any appointment.[6]

Elections

2012

See also: West Virginia State Senate elections, 2012

Elections for the office of West Virginia State Senate consisted of a primary election on May 8, 2012, and a general election on November 6, 2012. Democratic incumbent Herb Snyder defeated Republican James Kenneth Ruland in the general election. Both candidates were unopposed in the primary elections.[7][8]

West Virginia State Senate, District 16, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngHerb Snyder Incumbent 53.9% 20,764
     Republican James Ruland 46.1% 17,763
Total Votes 38,527

2010

See also: West Virginia State Senate elections, 2010

Elections for the office of West Virginia State Senate consisted of a primary election on May 11, 2010, and a general election on November 2, 2010. Democratic incumbent John Unger defeated Republican Craig Blair in the general election. Unger defeated Patrick Murphy in the Democratic primary election. Blair was unopposed in the Republican primary election.[9][10]

West Virginia State Senate, District 16, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Unger Incumbent 50.4% 18,800
     Republican Craig Blair 49.6% 18,482
Total Votes 37,282
West Virginia State Senate District 16 Democratic Primary, 2010
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Unger 69.5% 4,073
Patrick Murphy 30.5% 1,784
Total Votes 5,857

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for West Virginia State Senate District 16 have raised a total of $919,123. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $45,956 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, West Virginia State Senate District 16
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $278,192 2 $139,096
2010 $173,406 4 $43,352
2008 $105,753 4 $26,438
2006 $180,214 2 $90,107
2004 $96,608 5 $19,322
2002 $23,050 1 $23,050
2000 $61,900 2 $30,950
Total $919,123 20 $45,956

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