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Women in State Legislatures: 2009

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Women in State Legislatures: 2009 Legislative Session

At this point in the 2009 legislative session, there are 1,788 women legislators serving in the 50 states. Women hold 24.2 percent of legislative seats in the 50 states, a ratio that has increased by less than 4 percentage points over the past fifteen years. Thirty women serve in the legislative bodies of the United States Territories and the District of Columbia.

 

 

Number of women in legislatures

Map of the number of women in legislatures, 2009 session

 

Percentage of women in legislatures

Map of the percentage of women in legislatures, 2009 session

 

 

Note: Data current as of 7/30/2009. Subject to change due to resignations, appointments and special elections.

Women in Legislative Leadership 2009

New! Legislator demographics interactive map.

Women Serving in the Fifty States

 

 
State
Number of Women Legislators in the House / Assembly
Number of Women Legislators in the Senate
Total Number of Women Legislators
Total Seats in the Legislature
Percentage of Women in the Legislature
Alabama
12
5
17
140
12.1%
Alaska
9
3
12
60
20.0%
Arizona
16
12
28
90
31.1%
Arkansas
25
7
32
135
23.7%
California
20
13
33
120
27.5%
Colorado
25
12
37
100
37.0%
Connecticut
51
8
59
187
31.6%
Delaware
7
8
15
62
24.2%
Florida
29
9
38
160
23.8%
Georgia
37
7
44
236
18.6%
Hawaii
18
7
25
76
32.9%
Idaho
18
8
26
105
24.8%
Illinois
36
13
49
177
27.7%
Indiana
20
12
32
150
21.3%
Iowa
25
9
34
150
22.7%
Kansas
34
13
47
165
28.5%
Kentucky
15
6
21
138
15.2%
Louisiana
14
8
22
144
15.3%
Maine
46
8
54
186
29.0%
Maryland
48
10
58
188
30.9%
Massachusetts
40
12
52
200
26.0%
Michigan
28
9
37
148
25.0%
Minnesota
43
27
70
201
34.8%
Mississippi
21
4
25
174
14.4%
Missouri
33
8
41
197
20.8%
Montana
29
10
39
150
26.0%
Nebraska
Unicameral
10
10
49
20.4%
Nevada
13
7
20
63
31.7%
New Hampshire
145
13
158
424
37.3%
New Jersey
27
10
37
120
30.8%
New Mexico
23
11
34
112
30.4%
New York
42
10
52
212
24.5%
North Carolina
38
6
44
170
25.9%
North Dakota
16
6
22
141
15.6%
Ohio
21
6
27
132
20.5%
Oklahoma
12
5
17
149
11.4%
Oregon
14
11
25
90
27.8%
Pennsylvania
27
10
37
253
14.6%
Rhode Island
17
8
25
113
22.1%
South Carolina
17
0
17
170
10.0%
South Dakota
13
7
20
105
19.0%
Tennessee
16
8
24
132
18.2%
Texas
37
6
43
181
23.8%
Utah
18
5
23
104
22.1%
Vermont
57
10
67
180
37.2%
Virginia
16
8
24
140
17.1%
Washington
29
19
48
147
32.7%
West Virginia
20
2
22
134
16.4%
Wisconsin
22
7
29
132
22.0%
Wyoming
15
1
16
90
17.8%
 
 
 
 
 
 
TOTAL
1,354
434
1,788
7,382
24.2%

 

 

 

Partisan Composition of Women in the 50 State Legislatures, 2009 Session
 Democratic Party 1255
 Republican Party 519
 Third Party 4
 Nonpartisan (Nebraska) 10
   

 

 

Legislative Body
Women in the House
Women in the Senate / Council
Total Number of Women Legislators 
Total Seats in the Legislature
Percentage of Women in the Legislature
American Samoa Legislature
0
2
2
39 
5.1%
District of Columbia Council 
Unicameral 
3
13 
23.1% 
Guam Legislature 
Unicameral
4
4
15 
26.7%
Puerto Rico Legislature 
13
7
20
85
23.5%
Virgin Islands Legislature 
Unicameral 
1
1
15 
6.7%
TOTAL
13
17
30
167
18.0%

Contact Katie Ziegler for more information or archives, (303) 364-7700.


 

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