State Elections

Published — March 6, 2018 Updated — December 7, 2018 at 10:00 am ET

Women will hold record numbers of elected offices in 2019. See where they made the biggest gains

Veteran lawmaker Andrea Stewart-Cousins speaks at a news conference at the capitol in Albany, N.Y., Nov. 26, 2018, after her colleagues elected her to be the first woman in the state's history to control the Senate. (AP/David Klepper)

The 2018 elections bring more women into public office but representation still doesn’t reflect U.S. population

Introduction

The 2018 elections represent a step forward for women in office, with some records matched and others broken.  

As of January, 126 women will serve in Congress, according to the Center for American Women and Politics, representing 23.6 percent of the seats. That’s more than at any time in U.S. history.

Nine women will serve as governor in 2019, including one woman of color, after key wins in Kansas, Michigan and South Dakota in November. Women will represent 18 percent of governors, matching the records from 2004 and 2007.

State legislatures continue to be the most open, with a new record of at least 28 percent of seats in 2019 to be held by women, though some races remain undecided. 

See how your state stacks up:

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