2005 Legislative Elections and Partisan Control

Following 2005 elections, the big picture of partisan control in states remains the same. Republicans control 20 state legislatures and Democrats are in charge of 19. Ten states have split control. The Nebraska legislature is unicameral and also nonpartisan. Even with Democrats retaining governors’ mansions in the two off-year election states, they still lag substantially in control of governorships—28 Republicans to 22 Democrats.

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About the Author
Tim Storey is a senior fellow in the Legislative Management Program of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) in Denver, Colo. He specializes in the areas of elections and redistricting as well as legislative staff organization and management. He has staffed NCSL’s Redistricting Task Force since 1990 and authored many articles on the  redistricting and elections process. Every two years, Storey leads NCSL’s elections project tracking and analyzing the outcome of state legislative races and statewide ballot questions. He received his undergraduate degree from Mars Hill College and his master’s degree from the Graduate School of Public Affairs of the University of Colorado.