Female Legislative Leaders 2021

2/27/2021

Ninety women serve as speaker of the House, president of the Senate, speaker pro tem, Senate president pro tem, majority leader or minority leader for the 2021 legislative session. This is the highest number of women serving in leadership. 

More data about women in state legislatures in 2021.

NOTE:  The research is subject to human error and may reflect discrepancies due to legislative vacancies. Information is subject to change throughout the year due to resignations, appointments and special elections.

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Women in Leadership | 2021
State Name Position
 Alabama

 

 

 Alaska

Senator Shelly Hughes (R)

Representative Louis Stutes (R)

Representative Cathy Tilton (D)

Senate Majority Leader

Speaker of the House

House Minority Leader

 Arizona

Senator Karen Fann (R)

Senator Rebecca Rios (D)

Senate President Pro TemSenate President

Senate Minority Leader

 Arkansas Representative Tippi McCullough (D) House Minority Leader
 California

Senator Toni Atkins (D)

Assemblywoman Eloise Reyes (D)

Assemblywoman Marie Waldron (R)

Senate President Pro Tem

Assembly Majority Leader

Assembly Minority Leader

 Colorado

Senator Kerry Donovan (D)

Representative Adrienne Benavidez (D)

Representative Daneya Esgar (D)

Senate President Pro Tem

House Speaker Pro Tem

House Majority Leader

 Connecticut    
 Delaware Representative Valerie Longhurst (D)

House Majority Leader

 Florida

Senator Debbie Mayfield (R)

Senate Majority Leader

 Georgia

Senator Gloria Butler (D) 

Representative Jan Jones (R)

Senate Minority Leader

Speaker Pro Tem

 Hawaii

Senator Michelle Kidani (D)

Representative Della Au Belatti (D)

Senate Vice President 

House Majority Leader

 Idaho

 

Senator Michelle Stennett (D)

Representative Ilana Rubel (D)

Senate Minority Leader

House Minority Leader

 Illinois

Senator Kimberly Lightford (D)

Senate Majority Leader
 Indiana    
 Iowa

 

 

Kansas Senator Dinah Sykes (D) Senate Minority Leader
Kentucky

Representative Joni Jenkins (D) 

House Minority Floor Leader

Louisiana

Senator Beth Mizell (R)

Senate President Pro Tem
Maine

Senator Eloise Vitelli (D) 

Representative Michelle Dunphy (D)

Representative Kathleen Dillingham (R)

Senate Majorty Leader

House Majority Floor Leader

House Minority Floor Leader

Maryland

Senator Melony Griffith (D)

Senator Nancy King (D)

Delegate Adrienne Jones (D)

Delegate Sheree Sample-Hughes (D)

Senate President Pro Tem

Senate Majority Leader

Speaker of the House

House Speaker Pro Tem

Massachusetts

Senator Karen Spilka (D)

Senator Cynthia Stone Creem (D)

Representative Kate Hogan (D)

Represenative Claire Cronin (D)

Senate President

Senate Majority Leader

House Speaker Pro Tem

House Majority Leader

Michigan

Representative Pam Hornberger (R) 

House Speaker Pro Tem

Minnesota

Senator Mary Kiffmeyer (R)

Senator Susan Kent (DFL)

Representative Melissa Hortman (DFL)

Senate Presdident Pro Tem

Senate Minority Leader

Speaker of the House

Mississippi    
Missouri

Representative Crystal Quade (D)

House Minority Floor Leader

Montana

Senator Jill Cohenour (D) 

Representative Sue Vinton (R)

Representative Kim Abbott (D)

Senate Minority Leader

House Majority Leqader

House Minority Leader

Nebraska    
Nevada

Senator Nicole Cannizzaro (D)

Senator Julia Ratti (D)

Assemblywoman Teresa Benitez-Thompson (D)

Assemblywoman Robin Titus (R)

Senate Majority Floor Leader

Senate Assistant Majority Leader

Assembly Majority  Floor Leader

Asssembly Minority Floor Leader

 New Hampshire

Senator  Sharon Carson (R)

Senator Donna Soucy (D)

Representative Kim Rice (R)

Senate President Pro Tem

Senate Minority Leader

House Speaker Pro Tem

 New Jersey

Senator M. Teresa Ruiz (D)

Senator Loretta Weinberg (D)

Senate President Pro Tem

Senate Majority Leader

 New Mexico

Senator Mimi Stewart (D)

Representative Sheryl Williams Stapleton (D)

Senate President Pro Tem

House Majority Floor Leader

 New York

Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes (D)

Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D)

Assembly Majority Leader

Senate President and Majority Leader

 North Carolina

Senator Kathy Harrington (R) 

Representative Sarah Stevens (R)

Senate Majority Leader

House Majority Leader `

 North Dakota

Senator Joan Heckaman (D)

Senate Minority Leader

 Ohio Representative Emilia Sykes (D) House Minority Leader
 Oklahoma

Senator Kim David (R)

Senator Kay Floyd (D)

Representative Emily Virgin (D)

Senate Majority Floor Leader

Senate Minority Leader

House Minority Leader

 Oregon

Representative Tina Kotek (D)

Representative Barbara Smith Warner (D) 

Representative Christine Drazan (R)

Speaker of the House

House Majority Leader

House Minority Leader

 Pennsylvania

Senator Kim Ward (R)

Representative Joanna McClinton (D)

Senate Majority Leader 

House MInority Leader

 Rhode Island  

 

 South Carolina    
 South Dakota    
 Tennessee Representative Karen Camper (D) House Minority Leader
 Texas Senator Joan Huffman (R) Senate President Pro Tem 
 Utah Senator Karen Mayne (D) Senate Minority Leader
 Vermont

Senator Becca Balint (D)

Senator Alison Clarkson (D) 

Representative Jill Krowinski (D)

Repersentative Emily Long (D) 

Representative Patricia McCoy (R)

Senate President Pro Tem 

Senate Majority Leader

Speaker of the House

House Majority Leader

House Minority Leader

 Virginia

Senator Louise Lucas (D) 

Delegate Eileen Filler-Corn (D)

Delegate  Charniele Herring (D)

Senate President Pro Tem 

Speaker of the House 

House Majority Leader

 Washington

Senator Karen Keiser (D)

Representative Laurie Jenkins (D) 

Representative Tina Orwall (D) 

Senate President Pro Tem

Speaker of the House 

House Speaker Pro Tem 

 West Virginia

Senator Donna Boley (R)

Delegate Amy Summers (R)

Senate President Pro Tem

House Majority Leader

 Wisconsin

Senator Janet Bewley (D)

Senate Minority Leader

 Wyoming

Representative Cathy Connolly (D)

House Minority Floor Leader

 District of Columbia    
 American Samoa    
 Guam

Speaker Therese Terlaje (D)

Vice Speaker Tina Muna Barnes (D)

Senator Telena Cruz Nelson (D)

Senator Telo T. Tatague (R) 

Speaker (Unicameral)

Vice-Speaker of the Legislature

Majority Leader 

Minority Leader 

 Northern Mariana Islands    
 Puerto Rico

Senator Marially Gonzalez (PDP)

Senate Vice President
 U.S. Virgin Islands Senator Donna Frett-Gregory  President of the Senate 

More about Women in Leadership, 2021

Statistics
Total number of women in legislative leadership 90
Total women in leadership in House chambers 45
Total women in leadership in Senate chambers (including unicameral legislatures) 45
Total Democrats 62
Total Republicans 25
Total Third-Party or Other* 2

*Includes Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands

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