Women in State Legislatures: 2011 Legislative Session 

As of November 21, 2011

NOTE: This information is subject to change due to resignations, appointments and special elections.

Approximately 1,744 women serve in the 50 state legislatures at this point in the 2011 legislative session. Women are 23.6 percent of all state legislators nationwide. This is a slight decrease from the 2010 session's ratio of 24.5 percent female legislators.

For complete 2010 election information and analysis, visit NCSL's StateVote 2010 project.

2011 State Legislative Election Update:

Four states (Louisiana, New Jersey, Mississippi and Virginia) held regular state legislative elections in 2011. Based upon preliminary returns, there will be 1,737 women serving in state legislatures around the country in 2012. This is a decline from the 1,744 women who served as of November 2011.
Complete 2012 information will be posted in January.


Women in legislative leadership: 2011

Percentages of Women in State Legislatures

Women Serving in the 50 States, 2011

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
14
5
19
140
13.6%
Alaska
10
4
14
60
23.3%
Arizona
20
11
31 
90
34.4%
Arkansas
22
8
30 
135
22.2%
California
22
12
34
120
28.3%
Colorado
24
17
41
100
41.0%
Connecticut
47
9
56
187
29.9%
Delaware
9
7
16
62
25.8%
Florida
27
14
41
160
25.6%
Georgia
47
9
56
236
23.7%
Hawaii
17
9
26
76
34.2%
Idaho
19
9
28
105
26.7%
Illinois
39
16
55
177
31.1%
Indiana
21
11 
32
150
21.3%
Iowa
24
7
31
150
20.7%
Kansas
33
12
45
165
27.3%
Kentucky
19
6
25
138
18.1%
Louisiana
15
8
23
144
16.0%
Maine
47
8
55
186
29.6%
Maryland
47
11
58
188
30.9%
Massachusetts
37
11
48
200
24.0%
Michigan
27
4
31
148
20.9%
Minnesota
44
20
64
201
31.8%
Mississippi
21
5
26
174
14.9%
Missouri
39
6
45
197
22.8%
Montana
28
8
36
150
24.0%
Nebraska
Unicameral
11
11
49
22.4%
Nevada
12
6
18
63
28.6% 
New Hampshire
98
6
104
424
24.5%
New Jersey
24
10
34
120
28.3%
New Mexico
20
10
30
112
26.8%
New York
34
11
45
212
21.2%
North Carolina
32 
 6
38 
170
22.4%
North Dakota
15
 6
21
141
14.9%
Ohio
22
 8
30 
132
22.7%
Oklahoma
15
 4
19
149
12.8%
Oregon
17
 8
25
90
27.8%
Pennsylvania
33
11
44
253
17.4%
Rhode Island
19 
10 
29
113
25.7%
South Carolina
16 
16
170
9.4%
South Dakota
14
21
105
20.0%
Tennessee
17
24
132
18.2%
Texas
32
38 
181
21.0% 
Utah
13
18 
104
17.3% 
Vermont
58
11 
69
180
38.3% 
Virginia
19
8
27
140
19.3%
Washington
29
18
47
147
32.0%
West Virginia
22
24
134
17.9%
Wisconsin
23
10
33
132
25.0% 
Wyoming
12
13
90
14.4% 
 
 
 
 
 
 
TOTAL
1,315
429
1,744
7,382
23.6% 

 

 

Partisan Composition of Women in the 50 State Legislatures, 2011 Session
 Democratic Party 1,054
 Republican Party  671
 Third Party  8
 Nonpartisan (Nebraska)  11
   

 

Contact the Women's Legislative Network for more information or archives, (303) 364-7700.
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