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Women in State Legislatures 2012

Women in State Legislatures: 2012 Legislative Session 

Women's Legislative Network logoAs of September 17, 2012

NOTE: Current 2013 data is here.

Approximately 1,746 women serve in the 50 state legislatures at this point in the 2012 legislative session. Women are 23.7 percent of all state legislators nationwide. This is a slight decrease from the 2010 session's ratio of 24.5 percent female legislators.

Women in state legislative leadership, 2012

 

Percentages of Women in State Legislatures

    5-14 percent women in the legislature
  15-24 percent women in the legislature
  25-34 percent women in the legislature
  35-44 percent women in the legislature

Women Serving in the 50 States, 2012

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
14
5
19
140
13.6%
Alaska
11
4
15
60
25.0%
Arizona
19
11
30
90
33.3%
Arkansas
22
8
30 
135
22.2%
California
22
12
34
120
28.3%
Colorado
23
17
40
100
40.0%
Connecticut
47
9
56
187
29.9%
Delaware
9
7
16
62
25.8%
Florida
27
14
41
160
25.6%
Georgia
47
9
56
236
23.7%
Hawaii
18
9
27
76
35.5%
Idaho
20
9
29
105
27.6%
Illinois
38
16
54
177
30.5%
Indiana
21
10
31
150
20.7%
Iowa
24
8
32
150
21.3%
Kansas
33
12
45
165
27.3%
Kentucky
20
6
26
138
18.8%
Louisiana
12
4 16
144
11.1%
Maine
47
8
55
186
29.6%
Maryland
47
11
58
188
30.9%
Massachusetts
38
11
49
200
24.5%
Michigan
27
4
31
148
20.9%
Minnesota
45
21
66
201
32.8%
Mississippi
21
8
29
174
16.7%
Missouri
41
6
47
197
23.9%
Montana
28
8
36
150
24.0%
Nebraska
Unicameral
11
11
49
22.4%
Nevada
12
4
16
63
25.4% 
New Hampshire
97
6
103
424
24.3%
New Jersey
24
11
35
120
29.2%
New Mexico
20
11
31
112
27.7%
New York
36
11
47
212
22.2%
North Carolina
35
 5
40
170
23.5%
North Dakota
15
 6
21
141
14.9%
Ohio
23
 8
31
132
23.5%
Oklahoma
14
 5
19
149
12.8%
Oregon
17
 9
26
90
28.9%
Pennsylvania
33
10
43
253
17.0%
Rhode Island
19 
10 
29
113
25.7%
South Carolina
17
17
170
10.0%
South Dakota
14
21
105
20.0%
Tennessee
17
24
132
18.2%
Texas
31
37
181
20.4% 
Utah
12
17
104
16.3% 
Vermont
59
11 
70
180
38.9% 
Virginia
18
6
24
140
17.9%
Washington
29
18
47
147
32.0%
West Virginia
22
24
134
17.1%
Wisconsin
23
9
32
132
24.2% 
Wyoming
12
13
90
14.4% 
 
 
 
 
 
 
TOTAL
1,320
426
1,746
7,382
23.7% 

 

 

Partisan Composition of Women in the 50 State Legislatures, 2012 Session
 Democratic Party 1,051
 Republican Party  676
 Third Party  8
 Nonpartisan (Nebraska)  11
   

 

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