Women's Representation in State Government


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Statewide Executive Office

Only 6 out of 50 U.S. states have women governors, 12 women serve as lieutenant governors, and 57 women hold other statewide offices such as attorney general or secretary of state.

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Number of women serving: 74 out of 312
Percentage of women: 24%
Number of Republicans: 42
Number of Democrats: 31
Women of color: 8
First woman elected in her own right: Ella Grasso (CT) in 1975


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State Legislatures

Number of women serving: 1,865 out of 7,383 seats
Percentage of women: 25.3%
Number of Republicans: 702
Number of Democrats: 1,136
Number of nonpartisans: 14
Number of independents: 2
Women of color: 450
First women elected: Clara Cressingham, Carrie C. Holly, and Frances Klock - 1894


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 Data from the Center for American Women in Politics at Rutgers University
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