Women in Elective Office 2019

In 2019, 127 women serve in the U.S. Congress. Twenty-five women serve in the Senate and 102 women in the House. The number of women in statewide elective executive posts is 86, and the proportion of women in state legislatures is 28.8 percent.
 
 
Congress
127

In 2019, women hold 127, or 23.7%, of the 535 seats in the 116th U.S. Congress - 25, or 25.0%, of the 100 seats in the Senate and 102, or 23.4%, of the 435 seats in the House of Representatives. Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), the first woman Speaker of the House, holds the highest position in the House and is second in line of presidential succession.

106 Democrats
21 Republicans

plus 4 (2D, 2R) Delegates

Statewide Elective Executive Offices
86

In 2019, 86 women hold statewide elective executive offices across the country; women hold 27.6% of the 312 available positions. Among these women, 46 are Democrats, 38 are Republicans and 2 are non-partisan.

46 Democrats
38 Republicans
 

2 non-partisan

Governors - 9 (6D, 3R)
AL Kay Ivey (R)
IA Kim Reynolds (R)
KS Laura Kelly (D)
ME Janet Mills (D)
MI Gretchen Whitmer (D)
NM Michelle Lujan Grisham (D)
OR Kate Brown (D)
RI Gina Raimondo (D)
SD Kristi Lynn Noem (R)
Lt. Governors - 15 (9D, 6R)
CA Eleni Kounalakis (D)   KY Jenean Hampton (R)
CO Dianne Primavera (D)   MA Karyn Polito (R)
CT Susan Bysiewicz (D)     MN Peggy Flanagan (D)
DE Bethany Hall-Long (D)   NJ Sheila Oliver (D)
FL Jeanette Nunez (R)   NV Kate Marshall (D)
ID Janice McGeachin (R)   NY Kathy Hochul (D)
IL Juliana Stratton (D)   SC Pamela Evette (R)
IN Suzanne Crouch (R)      
Other Elective Offices - 62 (31D, 29R, 2NP)
Attorney General - 7 (5D, 2R)   Railroad Commissioner - 1R
Secretary of State - 11 (8D, 3R)   Commisioner of Labor - 3 (1D, 2R)
State Treasurer/Chief Financial Officer - 10 (5D, 5R)   Corporation Commissioner  - 1R
State Comptroller - 3D   Public Service Commissioner - 3R
State Auditor - 10 (6D, 4R)   Public Utilities Commissioner - 1R
Chief State Educational Official - 8 (1D, 6R, 1 non-partisan)   Commissioner of Lands - 2D
Insurance Commissioner - 1R   Agriculture Commissioner - 1D

 

State Legislatures
2,126

In 2019, 2,126 (1,442D, 661R, 14NP*, 5Ind, 4Prg.), or 28.8%, of the 7,383 state legislators in the United States are women. Women hold 508 (328D, 165R, 14NP, 1Ind), or 25.8%, of the 1,972 state senate seats and 1,618 (1,114D, 496R, 4Ind., 4Prg.), or 29.9%, of the 5,411 state house seats. Since 1971, the number of women serving in state legislatures has more than quintupled.

1442 D
661 R
 

Includes 14 non-partisan, 5 Independent, 4 Progressive

Top 10 States
Nevada (50.8%)
Colorado (47.0%)
Oregon (41.1%)
Washington (40.8%)
Vermont (40.0%)
Arizona (38.9%)
Alaska (38.3%)
Maryland (38.3%)
Maine (38.2%)
Rhode Island (37.2%)
Bottom 10 States
Mississippi (13.8%)
West Virginia (14.2%)
Louisiana (15.3%)
Wyoming (15.6%)
Alabama (15.7%)
South Carolina (15.9%)
Tennessee (15.9%)
North Dakota (21.3%)
Oklahoma (21.5%)
Kentucky (22.5%)


 

Municipal Officials

25

As of March 2019, among the 100 largest cities in the U.S., 25 had women mayors. Seven are Black (Keisha Lance Bottoms, Atlanta, GA; Muriel Bowser, Washington, DC; London Breed, San Francisco, CA; Sharon Weston Broome, Baton Rouge, LA; LaToya Cantrell, New Orleans, 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 March 2019, per the U.S. Conference of Mayors, of the 288 mayors of the U.S. cities with populations 100,000 and over, 59, or 20.5%, were women. Of the 1,412 mayors of U.S. cities with populations 30,000 and above, 295, or 20.9%, were women. Full list here.

Women Mayors Among the 100 Largest Cities
City Mayor Rank

Phoenix, AZ
San Franciso, CA
Fort Worth, TX
Charlotte, NC
Washington, DC
Baltimore, MD
Seattle, WA
Las Vegas, NV
Omaha, NE
Atlanta, GA
Raleigh, NC
Oakland, CA
Bakersfield, CA
New Orleans, LA
Islip, NY
Aurora, CO
St. Louis, MO
Lexington, KY
Henderson, NV
Greensboro, NC
Chula Vista, CA
Garland, TX
Baton Rouge, LA
Reno, NV
Fremont, CA

 Kate Gallego
London Breed
Betsy Price
Vi Alexander Lyles
Muriel Bowser
Catherine Pugh
Jenny Durkan
Carolyn Goodman
Jean Stothert
Keisha Lance Bottoms
Nancy McFarlane
Elizabeth "Libby" Schaaf
Karen K. Goh
LaToya Cantrell
Angie M. Carpenter
Marsha Berzins
Lyda Krewson
Linda Gorton
Debra March
Nancy Vaughan
Mary Casillas Salas
Lori Barnett Dodson
Sharon Weston Broome
Hillary Schieve
Lily Mei

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20
24
26
28
32
42
43
45
49
53
54
57
58
60
63
71
73
82
89
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 20.6% 23.7% 25.4%
          2019 23.7% 27.6% 28.8%

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