Women in Elective Office 2017

In 2017, 104 women serve in the U.S. Congress. Twenty-one women serve in the Senate and 83 women in the House. The number of women in statewide elective executive posts is 74, and the proportion of women in state legislatures is 24.9 percent.
 
 
Congress
104

In 2017, women hold 104, or 19.4%, of the 535 seats in the 114th U.S. Congress - 21, or 21.0%, of the 100 seats in the Senate and 83, or 19.1%, 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.

78 Democrats
26 Republicans

plus 5 (3D, 2R) Delegates

Statewide Elective Executive Offices
75

In 2017, 75 women hold statewide elective executive offices across the country; women hold 24.0% of the 312 available positions. Among these women, 32 are Democrats, 42 are Republicans and 1 is non-partisan.

32 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 Tina Smith (DFL)
DE Bethany Hall-Long (D)   NJ Kim Guadagno (R)
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 - 57 (25D, 31R, 1NP)
Attorney General - 7 (4D, 3R)   Agriculture and Commerce Commisioner - 1R
Secretary of State - 13 (7D, 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
1,840

In 2017, 1,840 (1,112D, 706R, 14NP*, 3Ind, 4Prg., 1WFP*), or 24.9%, of the 7,383 state legislators in the United States are women. Women hold 442 (252D, 175R, 14NP, 1Ind.), or 22.4%, of the 1,972 state senate seats and 1,398 (860D, 531R, 2Ind., 4Prg., 1WFP), or 25.8%, of the 5,411 state house seats. Since 1971, the number of women serving in state legislatures has more than quintupled.

1112 D
706 R
 

Includes 14 non-partisan, 3 Independent, 4 Progressive, 1 Working Families Party

Top 10 States
Nevada (39.7%) 
Vermont (39.4%) 
Colorado (39.0%)
Arizona (38.9%)
Washington (36.7%)
Illinois (36.2%)
Maine (34.4%)
Oregon (33.3%)
Minnesota (32.3%)
Maryland (31.9%)
Bottom 10 States
Wyoming (11.1%)
Oklahoma (12.8%)
West Virginia (13.4%)
South Carolina (13.5)
Mississippi (13.8%)
Alabama (14.3%)
Louisiana (15.3%)
Kentucky (16.7%)
Tennessee (16.7%)
North Dakota (18.4%)

Municipal Officials

20

As of February 2017, among the 100 largest cities in the U.S., 2had women mayors. Five are Black (Muriel Bowser, Washington, DC; Sharon Weston Broome, Baton Rouge, LA; Paula Hicks-Hudson, Toledo, OH; Catherine Pugh, Baltimore, MD; Ivy Taylor, San Antonio, TX); 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 February 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 1,408 mayors of U.S. cities with populations 30,000 and above, 292, or 20.7%, were women. Full list here.

Women Mayors Among the 100 Largest Cities
City Mayor Rank

San Antonio, TX
Fort Worth, TX
Charlotte, NC
Washington, DC
Nashville, TN
Baltimore, MD
Las Vegas, NV
Omaha, NE
Raleigh, NC
Oakland, CA
Minneapolis, MN
Bakersfield, CA
Islip, NY
Toledo, OH
Greensboro, NC
Chula Vista, CA
Baton Rouge, LA
Reno, NV
Irving, TX
Fremont, CA

Ivy R. Taylor
Betsy Price
Jennifer Roberts
Muriel Bowser
Megan Barry
Catherine Pugh
Carolyn Goodman
Jean Stothert
Nancy McFarlane
Elizabeth "Libby" Schaaf
Betsy Hodges
Karen K. Goh
Angie M. Carpenter
Paula Hicks-Hudson
Nancy Vaughan
Mary Casillas Salas
Sharon Weston Broome
Hillary Schieve
Beth Van Duyne
Lily Mei

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16
20
24
25
26
32
42
45
49
50
53
57
69
73
82
90
93
97
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      1997 11.0% 25.4% 21.6%
1973   3% 8% N/A   1999 12.1% 27.6% 22.4%
1975  4% 10% 8%   2001 13.6% 27.6% 22.4%
1977   4% 10% 9%   2003 13.6% 26.0% 22.4%
1979   3% 11% 10%   2005 15.0% 25.7% 22.4%
1981   4% 11% 12%   2007 16.1% 24.1% 23.5%
1983   4% 11% 13%   2009 16.8% 22.6% 24.3%
1985 5% 14% 15%   2011 16.8% 22.1% 23.7%
1987 5% 14% 16%   2012 16.8% 23.4% 23.7%
1989 5% 14% 16%   2013 18.5% 23.0% 24.2%
1991 6% 18% 18%   2014 18.7% 22.6% 24.3%
1993 10.1% 22.2% 20.5%   2015 19.4% 24.7% 24.6%
1995 10.3% 25.9% 20.6%   2016 19.6% 24.0% 24.5%
          2017 19.4% 23.7% 24.9%

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