West Virginia State Senate District 17

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West Virginia State Senate District 17
Current incumbentCorey Palumbo Democratic Party
Brooks McCabe Democratic Party
Population193,063
Voting age79.4% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
West Virginia's seventeenth state senate district is represented by Democrat Senators Corey Palumbo and Brooks McCabe.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 193,063 civilians reside within West Virginia's eighth and seventeenth 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 Corey Palumbo was unchallenged in the general election. Palumbo was unopposed in the Democratic primary election.[7][8]

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 Brooks McCabe defeated Republican Charles Minimah and Mountain Party candidate David B. Hall in the general election. McCabe was unopposed in the Democratic primary election. Minimah was unopposed in the Republican primary election.[9][10]

West Virginia State Senate, District 17, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBrooks McCabe Incumbent 55.9% 32,085
     Republican Charles Minimah 37.8% 21,715
     Mountain David B. Hall 6.3% 3,628
Total Votes 57,428

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for West Virginia State Senate District 17 have raised a total of $1,170,904. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $61,627 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, West Virginia State Senate District 17
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $82,713 2 $41,357
2010 $247,118 2 $123,559
2008 $79,625 4 $19,906
2006 $228,079 4 $57,020
2004 $248,890 3 $82,963
2002 $121,695 2 $60,848
2000 $162,784 2 $81,392
Total $1,170,904 19 $61,627

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