The House of Delegates is made up of 100 members, 23 Democrats and 77 Republicans from the state's 67 delegate districts. Voters elect delegates every two years. The most recent election was in 2016.
Delegates perform various functions for their constituents including voting on legislation before them. They also work with their colleagues in the Senate to craft bills that can be approved by both bodies. In addition, they meet with the governor and other state officials to discuss issues before them. Finally, they act as a liaison between their constituents and their colleagues in the legislature.
Each representative is elected during statewide elections either directly or through an appointment process known as gerrymandering. There are also two at-large positions that cannot be delegated to any district. One seat is awarded to the person who receives the most votes across the state; the other is awarded based on population with some adjustments made for geography. These seats are elected along with others around the country as part of larger elections called Congresses. The West Virginia House of Delegates has the highest percentage of female representatives in the nation at 43%.
West Virginia has not ratified the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) but supports women's rights generally.
The House of Delegates is made up of 100 members, 22 Democrats and 78 Republicans from the state's 67 delegate districts. Delegates are elected for two-year periods, and all seats in the House are up for election every two years. The Senate has 35 members, 14 senators per district, who are also elected for two-year terms.
In addition to their legislative duties, some delegates have additional staff positions with their respective chambers that provide an annual salary. These include the majority leader, minority leader, chief clerk, and administrative assistant to each senator; and the speaker, deputy speaker, majority caucus secretary, and committee clerks for the house.
Not all legislators hold office part time. Some are full time employees of the state government, while others have private practices or other jobs that support them financially.
In addition to a state salary, most representatives receive a small amount of money from their districts to cover expenses. This is called their "legislative salary," but it is not considered "outside" income since it comes from the state.
Delegates are paid $50 per day for each day they attend sessions, which includes days they are absent for illness, vacation, or other reasons. If they leave early, they will be paid for a full day. If they stay late, they will be paid for another day.
The United States House of Representatives The delegation consists of 27 members, with 16 Republicans, 10 Democrats, and one vacancy.
The Republican Party currently has a 23-4 majority in the House. The Democratic Party is expected to gain 1 seat in 2014 due to redistricting, giving them 24 seats total. The Libertarian Party and Green Party each have one representative in the House.
In addition to being the most populous state, Florida is also the most politically powerful state in the Union. In fact, no other state can even come close to matching its influence over Congress and the presidency. Based on population, California is next in line with 14 votes per member of Congress. By comparison, Florida sends more than 8 million voters to the polls every 2 years, which is almost as many people as there are residents in Pennsylvania or Texas!
The reason for this is simple: Florida is extremely partisan. There are 29 counties in Florida, all but 3 of which vote unanimously for either the Democrat or Republican candidate in any election. If you live in Broward County, Fla., for example, you will never be elected governor or senator - neither party will ever let you run because you're only allowed to hold one office at a time.
Members in the present The group includes 42 Democrats and 11 Republicans, including Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
The number of House members from California has changed over time because of losses in federal elections and changes in state law. Today, there are 415 representatives, including 12 senators. Of those, two are official visitors from California: Senator John McCain and Representative Duncan Hunter. The other 10 representers have their offices in California. There are also three members who represent Washington, D.C.: Don Young, Colleen Hanabusa, and Adam Smith.
When the House was founded in 1789, it had 25 members from each state, plus DC. That first Congress met in New York City. By the end of its first year, several states had not joined yet, so their seats were vacant. Delaware joined that first year, but its seat remained empty for nearly 20 years because it wasn't possible to travel back and forth between Delaware and New Jersey at that time. So, both Delaware and New Jersey had a free ride until 1816 when Pennsylvania was granted statehood family with a congressional seat. Then, in 1866, Wyoming becomes the ninth state in addition to Delaware to be given a seat in the House. The last state to join officially was Alaska in January 1959.