The Idaho Legislature
is the state legislature
of the U.S. state
. It consists of the upper Idaho Senate
and the lower Idaho House of Representatives
. The Idaho Senate contains 35 Senators, who are elected from 35 districts. The Idaho House of Representatives consists of 70 Representatives, who are elected from the same 35 legislative districts, with 2 being elected from each constituency. There are no term limits for either chamber.
The crossing of upper and lower house districts into a single constituency is found in only seven U.S. state legislatures: Idaho, Arizona
, New Jersey
, North Dakota
, South Dakota
, and Washington
. As of 2000, each legislative district in the state of Idaho had approximately 37,000 residents.
Elections and composition
Members of the Idaho Legislature were originally elected by county, but in recent times districts apportioned by population have replaced representation by county.
Today members of the Idaho Legislature are elected from 35 districts throughout the state. Some districts include several counties, while others are located entirely within a single county. Ada County
, the state's largest by population, currently has eight legislative districts within its boundaries.
All 105 members are elected simultaneously every two years on the same day as the federal election day
in early November.
Districts are reapportioned every 10 years. The next reapportionment is expected to occur after the 2010 census
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