State Legislator Demographics Released for 2020


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Media Alert
Oct. 5, 2020

Denver — State legislatures have become more female and slightly more racially and ethnically diverse than ever before, according to new data from the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL).

A new interactive webpage builds on NCSL’s previous research on the demographics of state legislators and allows users to compare data from 2015 to that from 2020. The analysis covers the gender, race/ethnicity, education, age and religion of legislators across the county.

NCSL’s latest survey found some significant changes in the gender and racial demographics of state legislators. A few of those findings include:

  • In Nevada, the portion of female legislators rose from 33% in 2015 to 52% in 2020.
  • In Minnesota, the percentage of Hispanic/Latino legislators more than doubled between 2015 and 2020.
  • In Wyoming, the portion of Republican legislators remained constant at 86%, while Democratic affiliation decreased and independent affiliation increased.

View detailed information on these statistics.

NCSL is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the states, commonwealths and territories. It provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues and is an effective and respected advocate for the interests of the states in the American federal system.