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. 23 states have never elected a woman governor.

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Number of women serving: 72 out of 312
Percentage of women: 23.1%
Number of Republicans: 43
Number of Democrats: 28
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: 1,878 out of 7,383 seats
Percentage of women: 25.4%
Number of Republicans: 706
Number of Democrats: 1,145
Number of nonpartisans: 114
Number of independents: 7

Number of Progressives: 5

Number of Working Families Party: 1

Women of color: 454
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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