State of the State
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DIVIDED - REPUBLICAN LEGISLATURE
There are 125 seats in the House (69% R) and 40 in the Senate (73% R). House members serve 2-year terms and Senate members serve 4-year terms with no term limits. Elections occur in even years with all House seats up every 2 years and all Senate seats up every 4 years (in presidential election years).
State Legislative Term
January 10, 2022 - May 25, 2022. No session limit in odd years, limited to 90 days in even.
State Elected Officials
The Governor (D), SOS (R) and AG (R) are elected for 4-year terms in midterm elections. The Governor is limited to 2 consecutive terms and the SOS and AG have no term limits. The next election is in 2022.
State Supreme Court
There are 7 judges, appointed by the Governor with the assistance of a commission with 5 members (lawyers) selected by the state Bar Association members and 4 members (non-lawyers) by the Governor, one lawyer and non-lawyer from each congressional district with the 5th lawyer serving as chair. Newly appointed justices serve for at least one year, after which they must stand for retention in the next even-year general election. If retained, the justice serves a 6-year term and must stand for retention every six years after that point in order to remain in office. 5 judges were appointed by a Democratic governor and 2 by a Republican governor. Vacancies are filled as the seat normally would be at the end of a term.
US Representatives & Senators
Senate seats (R) are up in 2022 and 2026. House seats (3R, 1D) are up in even years.
Congressional and state legislative district lines are drawn by the state legislature, subject to veto by the governor. State legislative district maps must be approved by the state supreme court. There are currently 4 congressional districts, 40 state senate and 125 state house districts.
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