Updated: April 2010

 


2010 Women in Legislative Leadership 

(Bold letters indicate new leaders or leaders in a new position)

 

STATE

NAME

LEADERSHIP POSITION

Alabama

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Alaska

Representative Beth Kerttula (D)

House Minority Leader

Arizona

Senator Barbara Leff (R)

Senate President Pro Tem

Arkansas

Senator Joyce Elliott (D)

Senate Majority Leader

California

Assemblywoman Fiona Ma (D)

Speaker Pro Tem

Colorado

Senator Betty Boyd (D)

Representative Liane "Buffie" McFayden (D)

Senate President Pro Tem

Speaker Pro Tem

Connecticut

Representative Denise Merrill (D)

House Majority Leader

Delaware

Senator Patricia Blevins (D)

Senate Majority Leader

Florida

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--

Georgia

Representative Jan Jones (R)

Speaker Pro Tem

Hawaii

Representative Lynn Finnegan (R)

Senator Colleen Hanabusa (D)

House Minority Leader

President of the Senate

Idaho

Senator Kate Kelly (D)

Senate Minority Leader

Illinois

Representative Barbara Flynn Currie (D)

Senator Christine Radogno (R)

House Majority Leader

Senate Minority Leader

Indiana

Senator Connie Lawson (R)

Senator Vi Simpson (D)

Senate Majority Floor Leader

Senate Minority Floor Leader

Iowa

Representative Polly Butka (D)

Speaker Pro Tem

Kansas

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--

Kentucky

Senator Katie Stine (R)

Senate President Pro Tem

Louisiana

Senator Sharon Weston Broome (D)

Senate President Pro Tem

Maine

Senator Elizabeth Mitchell (D)

Speaker Hannah Pingree (D)

President of the Senate

Speaker of the House

Maryland

Delegate Adrienne A. Jones (D)

Speaker Pro Tem

Massachusetts

Senator Therese Murray (D)

Senate President

Michigan

Representative Kathy Angerer (D)

Representative Pam Byrnes (D)

House Majority Leader

Speaker Pro Tem

Minnesota

Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher (D)

Speaker of the House

Mississippi

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--

Missouri

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--

Montana

Representative Margarett Campbell (D)

Senator Carol Williams (D)

Representative Franke Wilmer (D)

House Majority Leader

Senate Minority Leader

Speaker Pro Tem

Nebraska

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--

Nevada

Speaker Barbara Buckley (D)

Representative Heidi Gansert (R)

Speaker of the House

House Minority Leader

New Hampshire

Senator Martha Fuller Clark (D)

Senator Maggie Hassan (D)

Senator Sylvia Larsen (D)

Speaker Terie Norelli (D)

Representative Mary Jane Wallner (D)

Senate President Pro Tem

Senate Majority Leader

President of the Senate

Speaker of the House

House Majority Leader

New Jersey

Senator Barbara Buono (D)

Senator Nia Gill (D)

Assemblywoman Sheila Oliver (D)

Senate Majority Leader

Senate President Pro Tem

Speaker of the House

New Mexico

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--

New York

Assemblywoman Aurelia Greene (D)

Speaker Pro Tem

North Carolina

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--

North Dakota

--

--

Ohio

Senator Capri Cafaro (D)

Representative Jennifer Garrison (D)

Senate Minority Leader

House Majority Leader

Oklahoma

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--

Oregon

Representative Mary Nolan (D)

House Majority Leader

Pennsylvania

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--

Rhode Island

Senator M. Teresa Paiva-Weed (D)

Senate President

South Carolina

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--

South Dakota

--

--

Tennessee

Representative Lois DeBerry (D)

Senator Jamie Woodson (R)

House Speaker Pro Tem

Senate Speaker Pro Tem

Texas

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--

Utah

Senator Patricia Jones (D)

Senate Minority Leader

Vermont

Representative Patti Komline (R)

House Minority Leader

Virginia

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--

Washington

Senator Lisa Brown (D)

Senator Rosa Franklin (D)

Representative Lynn Kessler (D)

Senate Majority Leader

Senate President Pro Tem

House Majority Leader

West Virginia

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--

Wisconsin

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--

 Wyoming

Representative Saundra Meyer (D)

Senator Kathryn Sessions (D)

House Minority Floor Leader

Senate Minority Floor Leader

 American Samoa

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 --

 District of Columbia

 --

--

 Guam

Senator Judith Won Pat (D)

Speaker of the Legislature

 Puerto Rico

Jennifer Gonzáles Colón (NPP)

Margarita Nolasco Santiago (NPP)

Speaker of the House

Senate President Pro Tem

 Virgin Islands

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--

 

 

 Total number of women in legislative leadership  56
 Total women legislative leaders in House chambers  29
 Total women legislative leaders in Senate chambers (including unicameral legislatures)  27
 Total Democrats  45
 Total Republicans  9
 Total Third-Party  2

 

Women in State Legislatures: 2010

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