Women in Elective Office 2018

In 2018, 106 women serve in the U.S. Congress. Twenty-two women serve in the Senate and 84 women in the House. The number of women in statewide elective executive posts is 74, and the proportion of women in state legislatures is 25.3 percent.
 
 
Congress
106

In 2018, women hold 106, or 19.8%, of the 535 seats in the 114th U.S. Congress - 22, or 22.0%, of the 100 seats in the Senate and 84, or 19.3%, of the 435 seats in the House of Representatives. Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who was the first woman Speaker of the House, is now minority leader.

79 Democrats
27 Republicans

plus 5 (3D, 2R) Delegates

Statewide Elective Executive Offices
74

In 2018, 74 women hold statewide elective executive offices across the country; women hold 23.7% of the 312 available positions. Among these women, 31 are Democrats, 42 are Republicans and 1 is non-partisan.

31 Democrats
42 Republicans
 

1 non-partisan

Governors - 6 (2D, 4R)
AL Kay Ivey (R)
IA Kim Reynolds (R)
NM Susana Martinez (R)
OK Mary Fallin (R)
OR Kate Brown (D)
RI Gina Raimondo (D)
Lt. Governors - 12 (5D, 7R)
CO Donna Lynne (D)   MA Karyn Polito (R)
CT Nancy Wyman (D)     MN Michelle Fischbach (R)
DE Bethany Hall-Long (D)   NJ Sheila Oliver (D)
IL Evelyn Sanguinetti (R)   NY Kathy Hochul (D)
IN Suzanne Crouch (R)   OH Mary Taylor (R)
KY Jenean Hampton (R)   WI Rebecca Kleefisch (R)

 

Other Elective Offices - 56 (24D, 31R, 1NP)
Attorney General - 7 (4D, 3R)   Agriculture and Commerce Commisioner - 1R
Secretary of State - 12 (6D, 6R)   Commisioner of Insurance - 1D
State Treasurer/Chief Financial Officer - 8 (4D, 4R)   Commissioner of Labor - 1R
State Comptroller - 2D   Corporation Commissioner - 1R
State Auditor - 10 (6D, 4R)   Public Service Commissioner - 2R
Chief State Educational Official - 8 (7R, 1 non-partisan)   Public Utilities Commissioner - 1R
Railroad Commissioner - 1R   Commissioner of Lands - 1D
 

 

State Legislatures
1,865

In 2018, 1,865 (1,136D, 702R, 14NP*, 7Ind, 5Prg., 1WFP*), or 25.3%, of the 7,383 state legislators in the United States are women. Women hold 446 (255D, 175R, 14NP, 2Ind.), or 22.6%, of the 1,972 state senate seats and 1,419 (881D, 527R, 5Ind., 5Prg., 1WFP), or 26.2%, of the 5,411 state house seats. Since 1971, the number of women serving in state legislatures has more than quintupled.

1136 D
702 R
 

Includes 14 non-partisan, 7 Independent, 5 Progressive, 1 Working Families Party

Top 10 States
Arizona (41.1%) 
Vermont (40.0%)
Nevada (39.7%) 
Colorado (38.0%)
Washington (37.4%)
Illinois (35.0%)
Maine (33.9%)
Minnesota (32.3%)
Oregon (32.2%)
Maryland (31.9%)
Bottom 10 States
Wyoming (11.1%)
Oklahoma (13.4%)
West Virginia (13.4%)
South Carolina (14.1%)
Mississippi (14.9%)
Alabama (15.0%)
Louisiana (15.3%)
Tennessee (15.9%)
Kentucky (16.7%)
North Dakota (18.4%)

Municipal Officials

20

As of January 2018, among the 100 largest cities in the U.S., 20 had women mayors. Five are Black (Keisha Lance Bottoms, Atlanta, GA; Muriel Bowser, Washington, DC; Sharon Weston Broome, Baton Rouge, LA; Vi Alexander Lyles, Charlotte, NC; Catherine Pugh, Baltimore, MD); one is Latina (Mary Casillas Salas, Chula Vista, CA); and two are Asian Pacific Islander (Karen K. Goh, Bakersfield, CA; Lily Mei, Fremont, CA).

As of September 2017, per the U.S. Conference of Mayors, of the 284 mayors of the U.S. cities with populations 100,000 and over, 58, or 20.4%, were women. Of the 1,362 mayors of U.S. cities with populations 30,000 and above, 286, or 21.0%, were women. Full list here.

Women Mayors Among the 100 Largest Cities
City Mayor Rank

Fort Worth, TX
Charlotte, NC
Washington, DC
Nashville, TN
Baltimore, MD
Seattle, WA
Las Vegas, NV
Omaha, NE
Atlanta, GA
Raleigh, NC
Oakland, CA
Bakersfield, CA
Islip, NY
St. Louis, MO
Henderson, NV
Greensboro, NC
Chula Vista, CA
Baton Rouge, LA
Reno, NV
Fremont, CA

Betsy Price
Vi Alexander Lyles
Muriel Bowser
Megan Barry
Catherine Pugh
Jenny Durkan
Carolyn Goodman
Jean Stothert
Keisha Lance Bottoms
Nancy McFarlane
Elizabeth "Libby" Schaaf
Karen K. Goh
Angie M. Carpenter
Lyda Krewson
Debra March
Nancy Vaughan
Mary Casillas Salas
Sharon Weston Broome
Hillary Schieve
Lily Mei

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20
24
25
26
28
32
42
43
45
49
53
57
60
71
73
82
90
93
98

Percentages of Women in Elective Office

Year U.S.
Congress
Statewide
Elective
State
Legislatures
  Year U.S.
Congress
Statewide
Elective
State
Legislatures
1971    3% 7% N/A      1999 12.1% 27.6% 22.4%
1973   3% 8% N/A   2001 13.6% 27.6% 22.4%
1975  4% 10% 8%   2003 13.6% 26.0% 22.4%
1977   4% 10% 9%   2005 15.0% 25.7% 22.4%
1979   3% 11% 10%   2007 16.1% 24.1% 23.5%
1981   4% 11% 12%   2009 16.8% 22.6% 24.3%
1983   4% 11% 13%   2011 16.8% 22.1% 23.7%
1985 5% 14% 15%   2012 16.8% 23.4% 23.7%
1987 5% 14% 16%   2013 18.5% 23.0% 24.2%
1989 5% 14% 16%   2014 18.7% 22.6% 24.3%
1991 6% 18% 18%   2015 19.4% 24.7% 24.6%
1993 10.1% 22.2% 20.5%   2016 19.6% 24.0% 24.5%
1995 10.3% 25.9% 20.6%   2017 19.6% 22.8% 25.1%
1997 11.0% 25.4% 21.6%   2018 19.8% 23.7% 25.3%

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