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Frequently Asked Questions
How old do you have to be to become a Delegate?
Members must be 21 years of age at the time of the election.
Are there prerequisites to becoming a Delegate?
Members must be a resident of the district in which they seek to represent and qualified to vote. Any person who moves out of the district for which they were elected are required to vacate the office.
How much do Delegates make a year?
As of 2018, Delegates make $17,500 per year in salary. The House of Delegates is a part-time legislative body so they are only in session beginning in January for 45 to 60 days. It's not a lot of money, so Delegates usually have another job to make ends meet, or they are retired.
How can I let my Delegate know I want them to support or oppose a bill?
This is super easy - you can call, write a letter, send an email, or even schedule an appointment to meet with the Delegate.
Because schedules can be hectic and change at the last minute, especially during session as Delegates are defending bills and serving on committees, you may end up meeting with the Legislative Assistant if the Delegate is unavailable. Don't worry! Our Legislative Assistant relays all information to the Delegate and if she will reach out with questions.
Are email campaigns and calling the Delegate even effective?
Absolutely! Civic engagement is vital to keeping issues at the forefront of our policymakers. There are time-saving strategies you may want to consider if launching a campaign to support or oppose a bill. Click here to read more.
What is R69 mean?
Great question - You may have noticed when looking at voting records or visiting the Capitol, "R69" votes. This is shortened for Rule 69 which requires Delegates to abstain from voting on bills that may benefit them directly or indirectly through their employer. An R69 vote is not a no vote - it's simply an abstention to avoid a conflict of interest.