Women in Elective Office 2020

In 2020, 127 women serve in the U.S. Congress; 26 women serve in the Senate and 101 women in the House. The number of women in statewide elective executive posts is 90, and the proportion of women in state legislatures is 29.3 percent.
 
 
Congress
127

In 2020, women hold 127, or 23.7%, of the 535 seats in the 116th U.S. Congress - 26, or 26.0%, of the 100 seats in the Senate and 101, or 23.2%, 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.

105 Democrats
22 Republicans

plus 4 (2D, 2R) Delegates

Statewide Elective Executive Offices
90

In 2020, 90 women hold statewide elective executive offices across the country; women hold 28.9% of the 311 available positions. Among these women, 48 are Democrats, 40 are Republicans and 2 are non-partisan.

48 Democrats
40 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 Jacqueline Coleman (D)
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 - 66 (32D, 32R, 2NP)
Attorney General - 8 (5D, 3R)   Railroad Commissioner - 1R
Secretary of State - 11 (7D, 4R)   Commisioner of Labor - 3 (1D, 2R)
State Treasurer/Chief Financial Officer - 10 (5D, 5R)   Corporation Commissioner  - 3 (1D, 2R)
State Comptroller - 3D   Public Service Commissioner - 3R
State Auditor - 10 (6D, 4R)   Public Utilities Commissioner - 1R
Chief State Educational Official - 9 (2D, 6R, 1 non-partisan)   Commissioner of Lands - 2D
Insurance Commissioner - 1R   Agriculture Commissioner - 1D

 

State Legislatures
2,161

In 2020, 2,161 (1,467D, 672R, 14NP*, 4Ind, 4Prg.), or 29.3%, of the 7,383 state legislators in the United States are women. Women hold 520 (336D, 170R, 14NP), or 26.4%, of the 1,972 state senate seats and 1,641 (1,13`D, 502R, 4Ind., 4Prg.), or 30.3%, of the 5,411 state house seats. Since 1971, the number of women serving in state legislatures has more than quintupled.

1467 D
672 R
 

Includes 14 non-partisan, 4 Independent, 4 Progressive

Top 10 States
Nevada (54.0%)
Colorado (44.0%)
Oregon (42.2%)
Washington (40.8%)
Vermont (40.6%)
Maryland (39.9%)
Arizona (38.9%)
Maine (37.6%)
Rhode Island (37.2%)
Alaska (36.7%)
Illinois (36.7%)
Bottom 10 States
West Virginia (13.4%)
Tennessee (15.2%)
Wyoming (15.6%)
Alabama (15.7%)
Mississippi (16.1%)
South Carolina (16.5%)
Louisiana (18.1%)
Oklahoma (21.5%)
North Dakota (22.0%)
Delaware (24.2%)


 

Municipal Officials

27

As of June 2020, among the 100 largest cities in the U.S., 27 had women mayors. Six are Black women (Keisha Lance Bottoms, Atlanta, GA; Muriel Bowser, Washington, DC; London Breed, San Francisco, CA; LaToya Cantrell, New Orleans, LA; Lori Lightfoot, Chicago, IL; Vi Alexander Lyles, Charlotte, NC); two are Latina (Mary Casillas Salas, Chula Vista, CA; Regina Romero, Tucson, AZ); and two are Asian Pacific Islander women (Karen K. Goh, Bakersfield, CA; Lily Mei, Fremont, CA).

As of June 2020, per CAWP data and the U.S. Census, of the 356 mayors of the U.S. cities with populations 100,000 and over, 76, or 21.3%, were women. Of the 1,621 mayors of U.S. cities with populations 30,000 and above, 378, or 23.3%, were women. Full list here.

Women Mayors Among the 100 Largest Cities
City Mayor Rank

Chicago, IL
Phoenix, AZ
Fort Worth, TX
Charlotte, NC
San Franciso, CA
Seattle, WA
Washington, DC
Las Vegas, NV
Tucson, AZ
Atlanta, GA
Omaha, NE
Raleigh, NC
Oakland, CA
Tampa, FL
New Orleans, LA
Bakersfield, CA
Islip, NY
Lexington, KY
Henderson, NV
St. Louis, MO
Greensboro, NC
Lincoln, NE
Irvine, CA
Chula Vista, CA
Madison, WI
Reno, NV
Fremont, CA

Lori Lightfoot
Kate Gallego
Betsy Price
Vi Alexander Lyles
London Breed
Jenny Durkan
Muriel Bowser
Carolyn Goodman
Regina Romero
Keisha Lance Bottoms
Jean Stothert
Mary-Ann Baldwin
Elizabeth "Libby" Schaaf
Jane Castor
LaToya Cantrell
Karen K. Goh
Angie M. Carpenter
Linda Gorton
Debra March
Lyda Krewson
Nancy Vaughan
Leirion Gaylor Baird
Christina L. Shea
Mary Casillas Salas
Satya Rhodes-Conway
Hillary Schieve
Lily Mei

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13
15
16
19
21
28
34
38
42
43
47
50
52
54
61
63
64
68
71
72
76
79
86
89
97

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      2001 13.6% 27.6% 22.4%
1973   3% 8% N/A   2003 13.6% 26.0% 22.4%
1975  4% 10% 8%   2005 15.0% 25.7% 22.4%
1977   4% 10% 9%   2007 16.1% 24.1% 23.5%
1979   3% 11% 10%   2009 16.8% 22.6% 24.3%
1981   4% 11% 12%   2011 16.8% 22.1% 23.7%
1983   4% 11% 13%   2012 16.8% 23.4% 23.7%
1985 5% 14% 15%   2013 18.5% 23.0% 24.2%
1987 5% 14% 16%   2014 18.7% 23.0% 24.3%
1989 5% 14% 16%   2015 19.4% 24.8% 24.6%
1991 6% 18% 18%   2016 19.6% 24.1% 24.5%
1993 10.1% 22.2% 20.5%   2017 19.6% 22.8% 25.1%
1995 10.3% 25.9% 20.6%   2018 20.6% 23.8% 25.4%
1997 11.0% 25.4% 21.6%   2019 23.7% 29.3% 28.9%
1999 12.1% 27.6% 22.4%   2020 23.7% 28.9% 29.3%

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