Women Legislative Leaders 2016

5/9/2016

Women's Legislative Network LogoSixty one women serve as speaker of the House, president of the Senate, speaker pro tem, Senate president pro tem, majority leader or minority leader during the 2016 legislative session.

More data about women in state legislatures in 2016.

Women in Leadership | 2016
State Name Position
 Alabama

Lt. Governor Kay Ivey (R)

Lt. Governor/Senate President

 Alaska

Senator Berta Gardner (D)

Representative Charisse Millett (R)

Senate Minority Leader

House Majority Leader

 Arizona Senator Sylvia Allen (R)
Senator Katie Hobbs (D)
Senate President Pro Tem
Senate Minority Leader
 Arkansas    
 California

Senator Jean Fuller (R)

Senate Minority Leader

 Colorado

Representative Crisanta Duran (D)

Senator Lucia Guzman (D)

Representative Dickey Lee Hullinghorst (D)
Senator Ellen Roberts (R)

House Majority Leader

Senate Minority Leader

Speaker of the House
Senate President Pro Tem

 Connecticut Representative Themis Klarides (R) House Minority Leader
 Delaware

Senator Patricia Blevins (D) 

Representative Helene Keeley (D)

Representative Valerie Longhurst (D)

Senate President Pro Tem

Speaker Pro Tem

House Majority Leader

 Florida

Senator Arthenia Joyner (D)

Representative Dana Young (R)

Senate Minority Leader

House Majority Leader

 Georgia

Representative Stacey Abrams (D)

Representative Jan Jones (R)

House Minority Leader

Speaker Pro Tem

 Hawaii

Representative Beth Fukumoto Chang (R)

House Minority Leader

 Idaho Senator Michelle Stennett (D) Senate Minority Leader
 Illinois

Representative Barbara Flynn Currie (D)

Senator Christine Radogno (R) 

House Majority Leader

Senate Minority Leader

 Indiana    
  Iowa

Senator Pam Jochum (D)

Speaker Linda Upmeyer (R)

Senate President

Speaker of the House

 Kansas Representative Peggy Mast (R)
Senator Susan Wagle (R)
Speaker Pro Tem
Senate President
Kentucky

 

 

Louisiana

 

 
Maine    
Maryland

Delegate Adrienne Jones (D)

Delegate Anne Kaiser (D)

Senator Catherine Pugh (D)

Speaker Pro Tem  

House Majority Leader

Senate Majority Leader

Massachusetts

Senator Harriette Chandler (D)

Representative Patricia Haddad (D)

Senate Majority Leader

Speaker Pro Tem

Michigan

Senator Tonya Schuitmaker (R)

Senate President Pro Tem

Minnesota

Senator Sandra Pappas (DFL)
Representative Joyce Peppin (R)
Senator Ann Rest (DFL)

Senate President
House Majority Leader
Senate President Pro Tem

 Mississippi    
 Missouri    
 Montana

Senator Debby Barrett (R)

Senate President

 Nebraska    
 Nevada Assemblywoman Irene Bustamante Adams (D) Assembly Minority Floor Leader
 New Hampshire

Senator Sharon Carson (R)

Senate President Pro Tem

 New Jersey

Senator Nia Gill (D)

Senator Loretta Weinberg (D)

Senate President Pro Tem

Senate Majority Leader

 New Mexico Senator Mary Kay Papen (D) Senate President Pro Tem
 New York Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D) Senate Democratic Leader
 North Carolina    
 North Dakota    
 Ohio Representative Barbara Sears (R) House Majority Floor Leader
 Oklahoma Representative Lee Denney (R) Speaker Pro Tem
 Oregon

Senator Ginny Burdick (D)

Speaker Tina Kotek (D)

Senator Diane Rosenbaum (D)

Representative Jennifer Williamson (D)

Senate Majority Leader
Speaker of the House

Senate President Pro Tem

House 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    
     
 Utah    
 Vermont Representative Sarah Copeland-Hanzas (D) House Majority Leader
 Virginia    
 Washington

Senator Sharon Nelson (D)

Senator Pam Roach (R)

Senate Democratic Leader

Senate President Pro Tem

 West Virginia Senator Donna Boley (R) Senate President Pro Tem
 Wisconsin

Senator Mary Lazich (R)

Senator Jennifer Schilling (D)

Senate President

Senate Minority Leader

 Wyoming

Representative Rosie Berger (R)

Representative Mary Throne (D)

House Majority Floor Leader

House Minority Floor Leader

 District of Columbia    
 American Samoa    
 Guam Senator Judith Won Pat (D) Speaker of the Legislature
 Northern Mariana Islands    
 Puerto Rico

Representative Jennifer Gonzáles Colón (NPP)

House Minority Leader
 U.S. Virgin Islands Senator Janette Millin Young (D) Vice President

More about Women in Leadership, 2016

Statistics
Total number of women in legislative leadership 61
Total women in leadership in House chambers 27
Total women in leadership in Senate chambers (including unicameral legislatures) 34
Total Democrats 36
Total Republicans 24
Total Third-Party 1

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