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WOMEN IN STATE LEGISLATURES

WomanSince 1969, the number of women serving in legislatures has increased substantially from several hundred to 1,789-or 24.2 percent of the 7383 seats. About 60 percent of women legislators are Democrats, but Republican women have been closing the gap in recent elections.

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LEGISLATOR OCCUPATIONS

DoctorFull-time legislators are the largest occupational group in legislatures, at 16.4 percent of legislators.  Previously, attorneys had been the largest occupational group but that profession has decreased from about 25 percent in the mid-seventies to only about 15 percent today. Retired legislators make up the third largest occupational group in legislatures at approximately 12 percent.

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AFRICAN-AMERICAN LEGISLATORS

African AmericanThe 2010 census revealed that African Americans made up 13 percent of the total US population while 9 percent of state legislators nationwide reported being of African American decent.

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HISPANIC LEGISLATORS

The 2010 census revealed that Americans reporting Hispanic heritage is now the single largest minority group in the country at 14 percent while Hispanic representatives in state legislatures is at only 4 percent.

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OVERVIEW | LEGISLATOR DATA

Party Composition Data: Since 1996, NCSL has provided the nation's most comprehensive party composition data.  2014 current state legislative party composition data is now available.

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