Women of Color in Elective Office 2017

Congress, Statewide, State Legislature, Mayors


Congress
38

Of the 105 women serving in the 115th U.S. Congress, 38, or 36.2%, are women of color; in addition, a Black woman, a Latina, an Asian Pacific Islander, and a Caribbean American woman serve as Delegates to the House from Washington, DC, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, and the Virgin Islands, respectively. Women of color constitute 7.1% of the total 535 members of Congress.  

35 D
3 R

U.S. Senate (4)

1
Latina - (1D)

Senator Catherine Cortez-Masto (D-NV)

2
Asian Pacific Islander - (2D)

Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)
Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI)

1
Multiracial - (1D)

Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA)

U.S. House (34)

18
Black (17D, 1R)

Rep. Alma Adams (D-NC)
Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA)
Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-OH)
Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE)
Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-NY)
Rep. Val Demings (D-FL)
Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH)
Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX)
Rep. Robin L. Kelly (D-IL)
Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-MI)
Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA)
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX)
Rep. Mia Love (R-UT)
Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI)
Rep. Terri Sewell (D-AL)
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA)
Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ)
Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL)

9
Latina (7D, 2R)

Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM)
Rep. Nannette Baragan (D-CA)
Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA)
Rep. Grace Napolitano (D-CA)
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL)
Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA)
Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-CA)
Rep. Norma Torres (D-CA)
Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-NY)

7
Asian Pacific Islander (7D)

Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA)
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI)
Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (D-HI)
Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA)
Rep. Doris Matsui (D-CA)
Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY)
Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-FL)

U.S. House Delegates (4)

1
Black (1D)

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC)

1
Latina (1R)

Del. Jenniffer Gonzalez(R-PR)

1
Asian Pacific Islander (1R)

Del. Amata Radewagen (R-AS)

1
Caribbean American (1D)

Del. Stacey Plaskett (D-VI)

Statewide Elective Executives
7

Of the 75 women serving in statewide elective executive offices, 7, or 9.3%, are women of color. They include one of the first two women of color to serve as governors, Susana Martinez. Women of color constitute 2.2% of the total 312 statewide elective executives.

4 D
3 R
2
Black (1D, 1R)
1
Asian Pacific Islander(1D)
   
  Jenean Hampton (R-KY), Lieutenant Governor
Denise Nappier (D-CT), State Treasurer
 
  Betty Yee (D-CA), State Controller    
4
Latina (2D, 2R)
       
  Nellie Gorbea (D-RI), Secretary of State
Susana Martinez (R-NM), Governor
Susanna Mendoza (D-IL, Comptroller
Evelyn Sanguinetti (R-IL), Lieutenant Governor
       
           

State Legislators
440

Women of color are 23.9% of the 1,840 women state legislators serving nationwide. They constitute 6.0% of the total 7,383 state legislators.  Crisanta Duran (D-CO) is currently the only woman of color serving as a Senate president or House speaker. She is also the first Latina to serve as a House Speaker, assuming that office in 2017.

410 D
28 R
 

1 Progressive; 1 WFP (Working Families Party)

  Black Asian Pacific Islander Latina Native American Totals
  D R WFP Tot. D R Tot. D R Prg Tot. D R Tot. D R Prg WFP Tot.
Totals 268 3 1 272 29 8   37 96 14 1 111 16 4   20 410 28 1 1 440
Senate 69 9 26 3 107
House/Assem. 203 28 85 17 333
States
42
All except AK, AZ, HI, MT, NE, ND, SD, WY
15
AZ, CA, HI, ID, IL, MA, MD, MI, NH, NY, OK, PA, TX, UT, WA
26
AZ, CA, CO,CT, FL, GA, IL, IN, MA, MD, MI, MN, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OR, RI, TN, TX, UT, VT, WA, WI, WV
10
AK, AZ, ID, KS, MN, MT, NM, OK, OR, WY Women of color serving in all states except:
ND, NE, SD

Mayors
7

In the nation's 100 largest cities, seven women of color currently serve as mayors:

Black Latina
Muriel Bowser, Washington, DC, 2015-present Mary Casillas Salas, Chula Vista, CA, 2015-present
Paula Hicks-Hudson, Toledo, OH, 2015-present  
Catherine Pugh, Baltimore, MD, 2016-present Asian Pacific Islander
Sharon Weston Broome, Baton Rouge, LA, 2017-present Lily Mei, Fremont, CA, 2016-present
  Karen K. Goh, Bakersfield, CA, 2017-present

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