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Women's Numbers in State Legislatures Virtually Unchanged

Election Day did not turn out to be the historic event watchers of women in politics may have expected. And, at the state level, women’s representation will be virtually unchanged.

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Post-Election Legislative Leadership Changes in the States

This year, many leaders faced the challenge of holding the majority (or trying to win the majority) in their chamber; while also fighting for their own legislative lives. Here are the highlights, surprises and changes you can expect in the states.

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World War II Veteran Fred Risser Continues as Longest-Serving State Legislator

Wisconsin Senator Fred Risser, the 89-year-old World War II veteran who represents the 26th district, was re-elected unopposed Tuesday. Risser, a Democrat who was first elected in 1956, is the nation's longest-serving state legislator

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Statewide Ballot Measures Had Drama of Their Own

While the drama of Election 2016 was clear in terms of actors—Republicans had a good day in most nooks and crannies—the plot thickened when it came to statewide ballot measures.

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Plenty of Surprises in Legislative Races

This election year has been full of surprises and Election Day itself didn’t disappoint. While things were certainly memorable at the top of the ticket, state legislative races also made their mark on Tuesday night.

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Voters in 7 States Will Decide Legislative P's and Q's

Voters in seven states will be looking at ballot measures this fall that directly affect NCSL’s constituents—the 7,383 legislators around the nation.

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State Legislatures Magazine: Legislators Navigate Election 2016

Across the nation, many of those aspiring to office at the state level this year are in an unenviable position.

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Will a Woman Atop the Ticket Lead to More Women in Legislatures?

The current news cycle means that Americans can’t help but consider the role of women in politics.

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State Legislators Drop and Give 'Em 22

State legislators around the country are dropping and giving 22 pushups in an effort to raise awareness about veterans’ suicide prevention.

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Selfies and Autographs: Talking Democracy With Fifth Graders

This school year, as he’s done for the past 14 years, Kentucky Senator Jimmy Higdon will visit 25 elementary schools and talk to fifth graders in his district using the framework and materials from NCSL’s Legislators Back to School program.

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This blog offers updates on the National Conference of State Legislatures' research and training, the latest on federalism and the state legislative institution, and posts about state legislators and legislative staff. The blog is edited by NCSL staff and written primarily by NCSL's experts on public policy and the state legislative institution.