A look at how states compare on women in elected office

 
 
Updated 7/24/2016 9:51 AM

Women comprise half of the U.S. population, yet they are underrepresented at various levels of elected office. Here is a closer look at how states compare when it comes to women in elected office:

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STATES WITH THE MOST FEMALE STATE LAWMAKERS, 2016:

- COLORADO, 42 percent.

- VERMONT, 41 percent.

- ARIZONA, 38 percent.

- WASHINGTON, 34 percent.

- MINNESOTA, 33 percent.

- NEVADA, 33 percent.

- ILLINOIS, 32 percent.

- MARYLAND, 31 percent.

- MONTANA, 31 percent.

- OREGON, 31 percent.

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STATES WITH THE FEWEST FEMALE STATE LAWMAKERS, 2016:

- KENTUCKY, 17 percent.

- TENNESSEE, 17 percent.

- UTAH, 15 percent.

- LOUISIANA, 15 percent.

- MISSISSIPPI, 14 percent.

- ALABAMA, 14 percent.

- WEST VIRGINIA, 14 percent.

- OKLAHOMA, 14 percent.

- SOUTH CAROLINA, 14 percent.

- WYOMING, 13 percent.

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STATES THAT HAVE NEVER ELECTED OR APPOINTED A FEMALE TO THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES:

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- ALASKA

- DELAWARE

- IOWA

- MISSISSIPPI

- NORTH DAKOTA

- VERMONT

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STATES THAT HAVE NEVER ELECTED OR APPOINTED A FEMALE TO THE U.S. SENATE:

- ARIZONA

- COLORADO

- CONNECTICUT

- DELAWARE

- IDAHO

- INDIANA

- KENTUCKY

- MISSISSIPPI

- MONTANA

- NEVADA

- NEW JERSEY

- NEW MEXICO

- OHIO

- OKLAHOMA

- PENNSYLVANIA

- RHODE ISLAND

- SOUTH CAROLINA

- TENNESSEE

- UTAH

- VERMONT

- VIRGINIA

- WYOMING

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STATES THAT HAVE NEVER ELECTED OR APPOINTED A FEMALE GOVERNOR:

- ARKANSAS

- CALIFORNIA

- COLORADO

- FLORIDA

- GEORGIA

- IDAHO

- ILLINOIS

- INDIANA

- IOWA

- MAINE

- MARYLAND

- MINNESOTA

- MISSISSIPPI

- MISSOURI

- NEVADA

- NEW YORK

- NORTH DAKOTA

- PENNSYLVANIA

- SOUTH DAKOTA

- TENNESSEE

- VIRGINIA

- WEST VIRGINIA

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

- WISCONSIN

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STATES WITH FEWER FEMALE STATE LAWMAKERS IN 2016 THAN IN 2005:

- CALIFORNIA

- CONNECTICUT

- DELAWARE

- HAWAII

- KANSAS

- LOUISIANA

- MARYLAND

- NEBRASKA

- NEW HAMPSHIRE

- NEW MEXICO

- NORTH CAROLINA

- OKLAHOMA

- UTAH

- WEST VIRGINIA

- WISCONSIN

- WYOMING

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STATES WITH THE SAME NUMBER OF FEMALE LAWMAKERS IN 2016 AS IN 2005:

- MICHIGAN

- MISSISSIPPI

- NEVADA

- TENNESSEE

- TEXAS

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Sources: National Conference of State Legislatures, Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University.

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