Women in State Government 2015

According to the Center for American Women and Politics, women currently hold 1,793, or 24.3 percent, of the 7,383 state legislative seats. This includes 439 (22.3 percent) of the 1,972 senate seats and 1,354 (25 percent) of the 5,411 house seats. This percentage represents no change from 2014 and matches the historical high reached in 2009. The percentage of state legislative seats held by women has never surpassed 25 percent nationally.

Women currently hold 79 statewide elected executive offices, representing 25.3 percent of the 312 available positions—a significant increase from 1971 when women held only 7 percent of such positions. It also represents a slight increase from 2013 and 2014 when women represented 23 percent of state elected offices. It is a decrease, however, from the high point of 1999-2001 when women held 27.6 percent of such offices.

A 2014 survey by the National Association of Women Judges found that 5,049 women were serving as state court judges, representing 29 percent of the total 17,156 positions. This is an increase of 528 female judges since 2010, a 12 percent increase.

Currently, 120 women serve on a state final appellate jurisdiction court (supreme court or its equivalent). This represents 36 percent of the 333 total supreme court judges. 

For more information and state-by-state statistics, please see the Capitol Research brief: "Women in State Government 2015."