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Washington state now ranks 9th in percentage of women in state Legislature

Post by Peter Callaghan / The News Tribune on Dec. 3, 2012 at 9:00 am |
January 28, 2013 6:28 pm

There was a time when Washington state led the nation in the percentage of women in the Legislature but now has fallen to 9th. Colorado leads the nation for women in the Legislature.

When the next Legislature convenes in January,  just over 30 percent of those serving will be women – 28 Democrats and 17 Republicans. But that is down from 41 percent when the state led the nation.

Just under 25 percent of all state legislators are women.

Five of the state’s 12-member Congressional delegation will be women including both U.S. Senators. But just one of the statewide elected officials will be a woman, Secretary of State-elect Kim Wyman.

The national numbers are collected by the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University. The graphic below also was produced by the center.

Women in State Legislatures: 2013
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