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 142 women serving in the 117th U.S. Congress, 49, or 34.5%, 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 9.2% 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 (46)
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. 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. Nicole Malliotakis (R-NY) (Latina, White)
Rep. Marilyn Strickland (D-WA) (Black, Asian Pacific Islander)
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, 19, or 20.0%, are women of color. Women of color constitute 6.1% 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 (Multiracial)
Sabina Matos (D-RI), Lt. Governor (Black, Latina)
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 2021, twenty-two women of color serve in state legislative leadership:
|Gloria Butler (D-GA), Senate Minority Leader||Adrienne Benavidez (D-CO), House Speaker Pro Tem|
|Karen Camper (D-TN), House Minority Leader||Teresa Benitez-Thompson (D-NV), House Majority Leader|
|Melony Griffith (D-MD), Senate President Pro Tem||Minnie Gonzalez (D-CT), House Speaker Pro Tem|
|Charniele Herring (D-VA), House Majority Leader||Eloise Gomez Reyes (D-CA), House Majority Leader|
|Adrienne Jones (D-MD), House Speaker||Rebeccas Rios (D-AZ), Senate Minority Leader|
|Kimberly Lightford (D-IL), Senate Majority Leader||M. Teresa Ruiz (D-NJ), Senate President Pro Tem|
|Louise Lucas (D-VA), Senate President Pro Tem||Asian Pacific Islander|
|Joanna E. McClinton (D-PA), House Minority Leader||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 (Asian Pacific Islander, Latina)|
|Emilia Sykes (D-OH), House Minority Leader||Val Okimoto (R-HI), House Minority Leader (Asian Pacific Islander, White)|
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, thirteen 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, AZ, 2019-present|
|Keisha Lance Bottoms (D*), Atlanta, GA, 2018-present||Paulette M. Guajardo (D), Corpus Christi, TX, 2021-present|
|LaToya Cantrell (D), New Orleans, LA, 2018-present|
|London Breed (D*), San Francisco, CA, 2018-present||Asian Pacific Islander|
|Lori Lightfoot (D*), Chicago, IL, 2019-present||Lily Mei (D*), Fremont, CA, 2016-present|
|Kim Janey (D), Boston, MA, 2021-present, acting||Karen K. Goh (R*), Bakersfield, CA, 2017-present|
|Tishaura Jones (D*), St. Louis, MO, 2021-present||Farrah Khan (D*), Irvine, CA, 2020-present|
*Elected in nonpartisan races.