2002 State Legislative Elections

2002 was a major election year for legislatures, with over 85 percent of all seats up for election, resulting in more than 26 percent turnover among legislators in election states. The Republican Party netted more than 175 legislative seats across the country and wound up with more seats than the Democrats for the first time in 50 years. Republicans now hold control of 21 state legislatures, compared to 16 for the Democrats. Twelve legislatures are split between the two parties and Nebraska is nonpartisan.

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About the Author
Tim Storey is a program principal in the Legislative Management Program of the National Conference of State Legislatures in Denver, Colorado. He specializes in elections and redistricting, as well as legislative staff organization and management. He received his undergraduate degree from Mars Hill College in western North Carolina and has done graduate study in political science and public administration at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and at the Graduate School of Public Affairs of the University of Colorado.

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