Women in Legislative Leadership, 2012

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Women serving as Speaker of the House, President of the Senate, Speaker Pro Tem, Senate President Pro Tem, Majority Leader, and Minority Leader during the 2012 legislative session.

More data about women in state legislatures in 2012 is here.

 

 

 

 

Women in Leadership, 2012

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

Updated 1/12/2012

State Name Position
 Alabama Lt. Governor Kay Ivey (R)  Lt. Governor/Senate President
 Alaska Representative Beth Kerttula (D)  House Minority Leader
 Arizona Senator Sylvia Allen (R) Senate President Pro Tem 
 Arkansas

Representative Johnnie Roebuck (D)

Senator Ruth Whitaker (R) 

House Majority Leader

Senate Minority Leader 

 California

Assemblywoman Connie Conway (R)

Senator Ellen Corbett (D)

Assemblywoman Fiona Ma (D) 

Assembly Minority Leader

Senate Majority Leader

Speaker Pro Tem 

 Colorado

Senator Betty Boyd (D)

Representative Amy Stephens (R) 

Senate President Pro Tem 

House Majority Leader

 Connecticut    
 Delaware Senator Patricia Blevins (D)  Senate Majority Leader 
 Florida Senator Nan Rich (D) Senate Minority Leader 
 Georgia

Representative Stacey Abrams (D)

Representative Jan Jones (R)

House Minority Leader

Speaker Pro Tem 

 Hawaii Senator Donna Mercado Kim (D)  Senate Vice President 
 Idaho    
 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 Linda Upmeyer (R)  House Majority Leader 
 Kansas    
 Kentucky

Senator Katie Stine (R) 

Senate President Pro Tem 

 Louisiana

Senator Sharon Weston Broome (D) 

Senate President Pro Tem 
 Maine Representative Emily Cain (D)  House Minority Floor Leader 
 Maryland

Delegate Adrienne Jones (D)

Speaker Pro Tem 
 Massachusetts

Representative Patricia Haddad (D)

Senator Therese Murray (D) 

Speaker Pro Tem

Senate President 

 Michigan

Senator Tonya Schuitmaker (R)

Senator Gretchen Whitmer (D)

Senate President Pro Tem

Senate Minority Leader 

 Minnesota

Senator Michelle Fischbach (R)

Senate President 

 Mississippi    
 Missouri    
 Montana

Representative Janna Taylor (R) 

Senator Carol Williams (D)

Speaker Pro Tem 

Senate Minority Leader

 Nebraska    
 Nevada Assemblywoman Debbie Smith (D)  Speaker Pro Tem 
 New Hampshire

Senator Sylvia Larsen (D)

Representative Terie Norelli (D) 

Senate Democratic Leader

House Minority Leader 

 New Jersey

Senator Nia Gill (D)

Speaker Sheila Oliver (D) 

Senator Loretta Weinberg (D)

Senate President Pro Tem

Speaker of the Assembly

Senate Majority Leader

 New Mexico    
 New York    
 North Carolina    
 North Dakota    
 Ohio Senator Capri Cafaro (D)  Senate Minority Leader 
 Oklahoma    
 Oregon

Senator Ginny Burdick (D)

Representative Tina Kotek (D) 

Senator Diane Rosenbaum (D)

Senate President Pro Tem

Co-Speaker Pro Tem, House Democratic Leader

Senate Majority Leader

 Pennsylvania    
 Rhode Island Senator M. Teresa Paiva-Weed (D)  Senate President 
 South Carolina    
 South Dakota    
 Tennessee Speaker Beth Harwell (R)  Speaker of the House 
 Texas Representative Beverly Woolley (R)  Speaker Pro Tem
 Utah Speaker Rebecca Lockhart (R)  Speaker of the House 
 Vermont Representative Lucy Leriche (D)  House Majority Leader 
 Virginia    
 Washington

Senator Lisa Brown (D)

Senator Margarita Prentice (D) 

Senate Majority Leader

Senate President Pro Tem 

 West Virginia    
 Wisconsin    
 Wyoming    
 District of Columbia Councilwoman Mary Cheh (D) Council Chair Pro Tem 
 American Samoa    
 Guam Senator Judith Won Pat (D) Speaker of the Legislature
 Northern Mariana Islands Representative Felicidad Ogumoro (Covenant)  Vice Speaker of the House 
 Puerto Rico

Jennifer Gonzáles Colón (NPP)

Margarita Nolasco Santiago (NPP) 

Speaker of the House

Senate President Pro Tem

 U.S. Virgin Islands    

 

More about Women in Leadership, 2012

 
Total number of women in legislative leadership 54
Total women in leadership in House chambers 23
Total women in leadership in Senate chambers (including unicameral legislatures) 31
Total Democrats 34
Total Republicans 17
Total Third-Party 3

 

2011 Women in Legislative Leadership

2010 Women in Legislative Leadership

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