Women of Color in Elective Office 2021
Kamala Harris (D) currently serves as Vice President. She is the first woman of color, the first Black person, and the first South Asian person elected to this office.
Of the 143 women serving in the 117th U.S. Congress, 51, or 35.7%, 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 9.5% of the total 535 members of Congress.
U.S. Senate (3)
Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV)
Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)
Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI)
U.S. House (48)
Rep. Alma Adams (D-NC)
Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA)
Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-OH)
Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE)
Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO
Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-NY)
Rep. Val Demings (D-FL)
Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH)
Rep. Jahana Hayes (D-CT)
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. Lucy McBath (D-GA)
Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI)
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN)
Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA)
Rep. Terri Sewell (D-AL)
Rep. Lauren Underwood (D-IL)
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA)
Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ)
Rep. Nikema Williams (D-GA)
Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL)
Rep. Nanette Baragan (D-CA)
Rep. Veronica Escobar (D-TX)
Rep. Sylvia Garcia (D-TX)
Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA)
Rep. Teresa Leger (D-MN)
Rep. Grace Napolitano (D-CA)
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY)
Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA)
Rep. Maria E. Salazar (R-FL)
Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-CA)
Rep. Norma Torres (D-CA)
Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-NY)
Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA)
Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA)
Rep. Young Kim (R-CA)
Rep. Doris Matsui (D-CA)
Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY)
Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-FL)
Rep. Michelle Steel (R-CA)
Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI)
Rep. Sharice Davids (D-KS)
Rep. Debra Haaland (D-NM)
Rep. Nicole Malliotakis (R-NY)
Rep. Marilyn Strickland (D-WA)
U.S. House Delegates (4)
Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC)
Del. Jenniffer Gonzalez (R-PR)
Del. Amata Radewagen (R-AS)
Del. Stacey Plaskett (D-VI)
Of the 95 women serving in statewide elective executive offices, 18, or 18.9%, are women of color. Women of color constitute 5.8% of the total 310 statewide elective executives.
Latina (5D, 2R)
Asian Pacific Islander(2D, 1R)
Tish James (D-NY), Attorney General
Stephanie Garcia Richard (D-NM), Land Commissoner
Fiona Ma (D-CA), Treasurer
Betty Yee (D-CA), State Controller
Kimberly Yee (R-AZ), Treasurer
Native American/Native Alaskan (1D)
|Peggy Flanagan (D-MN), Lt. Governor||Kathleen McGuiness (D-DE), Auditor|
Information as of 12/31/20. Updated information will be posted when available.
Women of color are 25.5% of the 2,162 women state legislators serving nationwide. They constitute 7.5% of the total 7,383 state legislators. In addition, there are 31 women of color serving in the legislatures of the U.S. Territories (American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and the Northern Mariana Islands) and on the D.C. City Council.
20 Republicans 1 Progressive
|Asian Pacific Islander||12||1||-||13||33||2||-||35||45||3||-||48|
|Middle Eastern/North African||2||-||-||2||4||-||-||4||6||-||-||6|
|*Adding up all categories does not equal the total number of women of color because there is a legislator who is a woman of color but did not wish to be included in the above categories. This figure does not include two legislators whose race/ethnicity we could not confirm.|
In 2020, nineteen women of color serve in state legislative leadership:
|Janet Buckner (D-CO), House Speaker Pro Tem||Teresa Benitez-Thompson (D-NV), House Majority Leader|
|Karen Camper (D-TN), House Minority Leader||Charlene Fernandez (D-AZ), House Minority Leader|
|Audrey Gibson (D-FL), Senate Minority Leader||M. Teresa Ruiz (D-NJ), Senate President Pro Tem|
|Melony Griffith (D-MD), Senate President Pro Tem|
|Charniele Herring (D-VA), House Majority Leader|
|Adrienne Jones (D-MD), House Speaker|
|Kimberly Lightford (D-IL), Senate Majority Leader||Asian Pacific Islander|
|Louise Lucas (D-VA), Senate President Pro Tem||Della Au Bellatti (D-HI), House Majority Leader|
|Crystal D. Peoples-Stokes (D-NY), House Majority Leader|
|Sheree L. Sample-Hughes (D-MD), House Speaker Pro Tem|
|Sheryl W. Stapleton (D-NM), House Majority Leader||Multi-Racial|
|Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-NY), Senate President Pro Tem/Majority Leader||Michelle Kidani (D-HI), Senate President Pro Tem|
|Emilia Sykes (D-OH), House Minority Leader||Sara Gideon (D-ME), House Speaker|
Women of color serve in every state except for Nebraska.
- Black women serve in 44 states, all except HI, MT, NE, SD, ND, VT.
- Asian Pacific Islander women serve in 18 states; CA, GA, HI, ID, IL, KY, MA, MD, MI, MN, NH, NY, OH, PA, TX, UT, VA, WA.
- Latina women serve in 27 states; AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL GA, IL, IN, KS, MA, MD, MI, MN, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OR, RI, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI, WV.
- Middle Eastern/North African women serve in 5 states; FL, GA, MD, NH, NY.
- Native American women serve in 14 states; AK, AZ, KS, MN, MS, MT, ND, NM, NV, OK, OR, SD, WA, WY.
- Multi-Racial women serve in 17 states; AR, AZ, HI, IL, MD, ME, MI, MN, NV, NY, OH, OK, RI, VA, VT, WA, WV.
In the nation's 100 largest cities, ten women of color currently serve as mayors:
|Muriel Bowser (D), Washington, DC, 2015-present||Mary Casillas Salas (D*), Chula Vista, CA, 2015-present|
|Vi Alexander Lyles (D), Charlotte, NC, 2017-present||Regina Romero (D), Tucson, Arizona, 2019-present|
|Keisha Lance Bottoms (D*), Atlanta, GA, 2018-present|
|LaToya Cantrell (D), New Orleans, LA, 2018-present||Asian Pacific Islander|
|London Breed (D*), San Francisco, CA, 2018-present||Lily Mei (D*), Fremont, CA, 2016-present|
|Lori Lightfoot (D*), Chicago, IL, 2019-present||Karen K. Goh (R*), Bakersfield, CA, 2017-present|
*Elected in nonpartisan races.