Women in Elective Office 2021

In 2021, 142 women serve in the U.S. Congress; 24 women serve in the Senate and 118 women in the House. The number of women in statewide elective executive posts is 94, and the proportion of women in state legislatures is 30.9 percent. Kamala Harris (D) serves as vice president.
 
 
Vice President
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Kamala Harris (D) became the first woman to hold the office of Vice President on January 20, 2021. She is also the first woman of color, the first Black person, and the first South Asian person elected to this office. Previously, Vice President Harris served in the U.S. Senate as well as California’s Attorney General.

1 Democrat
Congress
142

In 2021, women hold 142, or 26.5%, of the 535 seats in the 117th U.S. Congress - 24, or 24.0%, of the 100 seats in the Senate and 118, or 27.1%, 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.

103 Democrats
39 Republicans

plus 4 (2D, 2R) Delegates

Statewide Elective Executive Offices
94

In 2021, 94 women hold statewide elective executive offices across the country; women hold 30.3% of the 310 available positions. Among these women, 51 are Democrats, 41 are Republicans and 2 are non-partisan.

51 Democrats
41 Republicans
 

2 non-partisan

Governors - 8 (5D, 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)
SD Kristi Lynn Noem (R)
Lt. Governors - 18 (11D, 7R)
CA Eleni Kounalakis (D)   MA Karyn Polito (R)
CO Dianne Primavera (D)   MN Peggy Flanagan (D)
CT Susan Bysiewicz (D)     MT Kristen Juras (R)
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)   UT Deidre Henderson (R)
KY Jacqueline Coleman (D)   VT Molly Gray (D)
Other Elective Offices - 68 (35D, 31R, 2NP)
Attorney General - 8 (5D, 3R)   Railroad Commissioner - 1R
Secretary of State - 13 (9D, 4R)   Commisioner of Labor - 2 (1R, 1NP)
State Treasurer/Chief Financial Officer - 10 (5D, 5R)   Corporation Commissioner  - 4 (2D, 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
2,280

In 2021, 2,280 (1,511D, 748R, 13NP*, 6Ind, 2Prg.), or 30.9%, of the 7,383 state legislators in the United States are women. Women hold 560 (363D, 184R, 13NP), or 28.4%, of the 1,972 state senate seats and 1,720 (1,148D, 564R, 6Ind., 2Prg.), or 31.8%, of the 5,411 state house seats. Since 1971, the number of women serving in state legislatures has more than quintupled.

1511 D
748 R
 

Includes 13 non-partisan, 6 Independent, 2 Progressive

Top 10 States

Nevada (60.3%)
Colorado (46.0%)
Rhode Island (45.1%)
Arizona (44.4%)
New Mexico (43.8%)
Maine (43.5%)
Oregon (42.2%)
Vermont (42.2%)
Washington (41.5%)
Maryland (41.0%)

Bottom 10 States
West Virginia (11.9%)
Alabama (15.7%)
Mississippi (16.1%)
Tennessee (16.7%)
South Carolina (17.6%)
Wyoming (17.8%)
Louisiana (18.1%)
Oklahoma (20.8%)
North Dakota (22.0%)
Arkansas (23.0%)


 

Mayors

378

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

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As of March 2021, among the 100 largest cities in the U.S., 32 had women mayors. Seven are Black women (Keisha Lance Bottoms, Atlanta, GA; Muriel Bowser, Washington, DC; London Breed, San Francisco, CA; LaToya Cantrell, New Orleans, LA; Kim Janey, Acting Boston, MA; Lori Lightfoot, Chicago, IL; Vi Alexander Lyles, Charlotte, NC); three are Latina (Mary Casillas Salas, Chula Vista, CA; Paulette M. Guajardo, Corpus Christi, TX; Regina Romero, Tucson, AZ); and three are Asian Pacific Islander women (Karen K. Goh, Bakersfield, CA; Farrah Khan, Irvine, CA; Lily Mei, Fremont, CA).

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
Boston, MA
Las Vegas, NV
Tucson, AZ
Atlanta, GA
Omaha, NE
Raleigh, NC
Oakland, CA
Tampa, FL
New Orleans, LA
Bakersfield, CA
Riverside, CA
Islip, NY
Corpus Christi, TX
Lexington, KY
Henderson, NV
St. Louis, MO
Greensboro, NC
Lincoln, NE
Anchorage, AK
Irvine, CA
Chula Vista, CA
Madison, WI
Reno, NV
Gilbert, AZ
Fremont, CA

Lori Lightfoot
Kate Gallego
Betsy Price
Vi Alexander Lyles
London Breed
Jenny Durkan
Muriel Bowser
Kim Janey, acting
Carolyn Goodman
Regina Romero
Keisha Lance Bottoms
Jean Stothert
Mary-Ann Baldwin
Elizabeth "Libby" Schaaf
Jane Castor
LaToya Cantrell
Karen K. Goh
Patricia Lock Dawson
Angie M. Carpenter
Paulette M. Guajardo
Linda Gorton
Debra March
Lyda Krewson
Nancy Vaughan
Leirion Gaylor Baird
Austin Quinn-Davidson
Farrah Khan
Mary Casillas Salas
Satya Rhodes-Conway
Hillary Schieve
Brigette Peterson
Lily Mei

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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 23.6% 28.9% 29.3%
          2021 26.5% 30.3% 30.9%

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