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Women in State Legislatures: 2010 Legislative Session

At this point in the 2010 legislative session, there are 1,808 women legislators serving in the 50 states. Women hold 24.5 percent of legislative seats in the 50 states, a ratio that has increased by less than 4 percentage points over the past sixteen years. Thirty-six women serve in the legislative bodies of the United States Territories and the District of Columbia.

 

 

Number of women in legislatures 2010

Map of the number of women in legislatures, 2010 session

 

Percentage of women in legislatures

Map of the percentage of women in legislatures, 2010 session

 

 

Note: Data current as of 8/18/2010. Subject to change due to resignations, appointments and special elections.

Women in Legislative Leadership, 2010.

New! Legislator demographics interactive map.

Women Serving in the Fifty States

 

 
State
Number of Women Legislators in the House / Assembly
Number of Women Legislators in the Senate
Total Number of Women Legislators
Total Seats in the Legislature
Percentage of Women in the Legislature
Alabama
13
5
18
140
12.9%
Alaska
9
3
12
60
20.0%
Arizona
18
11
29
90
32.2%
Arkansas
25
6
31
135
23.0%
California
20
13
33
120
27.5%
Colorado
25
13
38
100
38.0%
Connecticut
52
8
60
187
32.1%
Delaware
8
8
16
62
25.8%
Florida
29
9
38
160
23.8%
Georgia
38
7
45
236
19.1%
Hawaii
18
7
25
76
32.9%
Idaho
18
8
26
105
24.8%
Illinois
37
13
50
177
28.2%
Indiana
20
12
32
150
21.3%
Iowa
26
9
35
150
23.3%
Kansas
36
14
50
165
30.3%
Kentucky
15
7
22
138
15.9%
Louisiana
15
8
23
144
16.0%
Maine
46
8
54
186
29.0%
Maryland
49
10
59
188
31.4%
Massachusetts
40
12
52
200
26.0%
Michigan
28
9
37
148
25.0%
Minnesota
43
27
70
201
34.8%
Mississippi
21
4
25
174
14.4%
Missouri
36
8
44
197
22.3%
Montana
29
10
39
150
26.0%
Nebraska
Unicameral
10
10
49
20.4%
Nevada
13
7
20
63
31.7%
New Hampshire
144
13
157
424
37.0%
New Jersey
26
8
34
120
28.3%
New Mexico
23
11
34
112
30.4%
New York
41
10
51
212
24.1%
North Carolina
37
7
44
170
25.9%
North Dakota
17
7
24
141
17.0%
Ohio
22
7
29
132
22.0%
Oklahoma
12
5
17
149
11.4%
Oregon
16
10
26
90
28.9%
Pennsylvania
29
10
39
253
15.4%
Rhode Island
17
8
25
113
22.1%
South Carolina
17
0
17
170
10.0%
South Dakota
14
7
21
105
20.0%
Tennessee
17
8
25
132
18.9%
Texas
36
6
42
181
23.2%
Utah
17
5
22
104
21.2%
Vermont
56
11
67
180
37.2%
Virginia
19
8
27
140
19.3%
Washington
29
19
48
147
32.7%
West Virginia
20
2
22
134
16.4%
Wisconsin
22
7
29
132
22.0%
Wyoming
13
2
15
90
16.7%
 
 
 
 
 
 
TOTAL
1,371
437
1,808
7,382
24.5%

 

 

 

Partisan Composition of Women in the 50 State Legislatures, 2010 Session
 Democratic Party 1,263
 Republican Party 529
 Third Party 5
 Nonpartisan (Nebraska) 10
   

 

 

Legislative Body
Women in the House
Women in the Senate / Council
Total Number of Women Legislators 
Total Seats in the Legislature
Percentage of Women in the Legislature
American Samoa Legislature
0
2
2
39 
5.1%
District of Columbia Council 
Unicameral 
3
13 
23.1% 
Guam Legislature 
Unicameral
4
4
15 
26.7%
Northern Mariana Islands Legislature 2 1 3 29 10.3%
Puerto Rico Legislature 
13
10
23
85
27.0%
Virgin Islands Legislature 
Unicameral 
1
1
15 
6.7%
TOTAL
15
21
36
196
18.4%

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