List of United States state legislatures

This is a list of United States state legislatures. Each state in the United States has a legislature as part of its form of civil government. Most of the fundamental details of the legislature are specified in the state constitution. With the exception of Nebraska, all state legislatures are bicameral bodies, composed of a lower house (Assembly, General Assembly, State Assembly, House of Delegates, or House of Representatives) and an upper house (Senate). The United States also has one federal district and five non-state territories with local legislative branches, which are also listed below. Among the states, the Nebraska Legislature is the lone unicameral body, although three other areas the District of Columbia, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands also have unicameral bodies.

The exact names, dates, term lengths, term limits, electoral systems, electoral districts, and other details are determined by the individual states' laws.

Party summary

Party Control of Legislatures

Republican-controlled legislatures 29
Democratic-controlled legislatures 19
Split legislatures[1] 2
Total 50

Note: A party with a numerical majority in a chamber may be forced to share power with other parties due to informal coalitions or may cede power outright because of divisions within its caucus.

Party Control of State Governments

Republican-controlled governments 21
Democratic-controlled governments 15
Democratic governor/Republican-controlled legislature 8
Republican governor/Democratic-controlled legislature 4
Democratic governor/Split legislature 1
Republican governor/Split legislature 1
Total 50

Statistics

State legislators by party

As of June 30, 2019

PartyLower house[2]Upper house[3]Total
Republican (R) 2,772 (51.23%) 1,080 (54.77%) 3,853 (52.19%)
Democratic (D) 2,579 (47.66%) 874 (44.32%) 3,454 (46.78%)
Independent (I) 18 (0.33%) 3 (0.15%) 21 (0.28%)
Progressive [VT] (P) 7 (0.13%) 2 (0.1%) 9 (0.12%)
Libertarian (L) 1 (0.02%) 0 (0%) 1 (0.01%)
Independence (IP) 1 (0.02%) 0 (0%) 1 (0.01%)
Vacant 33 (0.61%) 12 (0.61%) 45 (0.61%)

Includes legislators who are listed officially as unaffiliated, unenrolled, nonpartisan, etc.

State legislatures


As of August 8, 2019[4]
StateState ExecutiveLegislature NameLower houseUpper house
NameParty strengthTerm
(yrs.)
NameParty strengthTerm
(yrs.)
AlabamaGovernorLegislatureHouse of RepresentativesR 77–284State SenateR 27–84
AlaskaGovernorLegislatureHouse of Representatives Coalition 23 (15D, 6R, 2 ind)–17R2SenateR 13–74
ArizonaGovernorState LegislatureHouse of RepresentativesR 31-292SenateR 17–132
ArkansasGovernorGeneral AssemblyHouse of RepresentativesR 76–242SenateR 26–94
CaliforniaGovernorState Legislature[nb 1]State AssemblyD 61–192State SenateD 29–114
ColoradoGovernorGeneral AssemblyHouse of RepresentativesD 41–242SenateD 19–164
ConnecticutGovernorGeneral AssemblyHouse of RepresentativesD 91–602SenateD 22–142
DelawareGovernorGeneral AssemblyHouse of RepresentativesD 26–152SenateD 12–94
FloridaGovernorLegislatureHouse of RepresentativesR 73–472SenateR 23–174
GeorgiaGovernorGeneral AssemblyHouse of RepresentativesR 105–752State SenateR 35–212
HawaiiGovernorState LegislatureHouse of RepresentativesD 46–52SenateD 24–14
IdahoGovernorLegislatureHouse of RepresentativesR 56–142SenateR 28–72
IllinoisGovernorGeneral AssemblyHouse of RepresentativesD 74–442SenateD 39–192 or 4
IndianaGovernorGeneral AssemblyHouse of RepresentativesR 67–332SenateR 40–104
IowaGovernorGeneral AssemblyHouse of RepresentativesR 53–472SenateR 32–184
KansasGovernorLegislatureHouse of RepresentativesR 84–412SenateR 28–11, 1 ind4
KentuckyGovernorGeneral AssemblyHouse of RepresentativesR 61–392SenateR 29–94
LouisianaGovernorState Legislature[nb 2]House of RepresentativesR 68–35, 2 ind4State SenateR 27–124
MaineGovernorLegislatureHouse of Representatives D 87–56, 6 ind, 2 vac2SenateD 21–142
MarylandGovernorGeneral AssemblyHouse of DelegatesD 99–424SenateD 33–144
MassachusettsGovernorGeneral CourtHouse of RepresentativesD 127–32, 1 ind2SenateD 34–62
MichiganGovernorLegislatureHouse of RepresentativesR 58–522SenateR 22–164
MinnesotaGovernorLegislatureHouse of RepresentativesD 75–55, 4 New Rep2SenateR 35–322, 4, 4
MississippiGovernorLegislatureHouse of RepresentativesR 75–46, 1 Ind.4State SenateR 36-164
MissouriGovernorGeneral AssemblyHouse of RepresentativesR 116–472SenateR 24–104
MontanaGovernorLegislatureHouse of RepresentativesR 58–422SenateR 30–204
NebraskaGovernorLegislatureLegislature[nb 3]R 30–18, 1 ind4
NevadaGovernorLegislatureAssemblyD 29–132SenateD 13–84
New HampshireGovernorGeneral CourtHouse of RepresentativesD 233–165, 1 L2SenateD 14–102
New JerseyGovernorLegislatureGeneral AssemblyD 52–282SenateD 24–162, 4, 4
New MexicoGovernorLegislatureHouse of RepresentativesD 46–242SenateD 26–164
New YorkGovernor[Unnamed]State AssemblyD 106–43, 1 IP2State SenateD 40–232
North CarolinaGovernorGeneral AssemblyHouse of RepresentativesR 65–552SenateR 29–212
North DakotaGovernorLegislative AssemblyHouse of RepresentativesR 79–164SenateR 38–94
OhioGovernorGeneral AssemblyHouse of RepresentativesR 61–382SenateR 24–94
OklahomaGovernorLegislatureHouse of RepresentativesR 77–242SenateR 39–94
OregonGovernorLegislative AssemblyHouse of RepresentativesD 38–222State SenateD 19–114
PennsylvaniaGovernorGeneral AssemblyHouse of RepresentativesR 110–932State SenateR 28–224
Rhode IslandGovernorGeneral AssemblyHouse of RepresentativesD 66–92SenateD 33–42
South CarolinaGovernorGeneral AssemblyHouse of RepresentativesR 80–442SenateR 27–194
South DakotaGovernorLegislatureHouse of RepresentativesR 59–112SenateR 29–62
TennesseeGovernorGeneral AssemblyHouse of RepresentativesR 73–262SenateR 26–5, 1 ind, 1 vac4
TexasGovernorLegislatureHouse of RepresentativesR 83–672SenateR 19–124
UtahGovernorState Legislature[nb 4]House of RepresentativesR 59–162SenateR 23–64
VermontGovernorGeneral AssemblyHouse of RepresentativesD 95–43, 7 P, 5 ind2SenateD 22–6, 2 P2
VirginiaGovernorGeneral AssemblyHouse of DelegatesD 55–452SenateD 21–194
WashingtonGovernorState Legislature[nb 5]House of RepresentativesD 57–412State SenateD 28–21 (20 R, 1 D)4
West VirginiaGovernorLegislatureHouse of DelegatesR 59–412SenateR 20–144
WisconsinGovernorLegislatureState AssemblyR 63–362State SenateR 19–144
WyomingGovernorLegislatureHouse of RepresentativesR 50–9, 1 Ind2SenateR 27–34

Federal district and territorial legislatures

Federal district
or territory
GovernorNameLower houseUpper house
NameParty strengthTerm
(years)
NameParty strengthTerm
(years)
American SamoaGovernorFonoHouse of RepresentativesNonpartisan 20 + 1 nonvoting delegate2SenateNonpartisan 184
District of ColumbiaMayorCouncil---Council (unicameral)D 11–0, 2 I4
GuamGovernorLegislature---Legislature (unicameral)D 9–62
Northern Mariana IslandsGovernorCommonwealth LegislatureHouse of RepresentativesR 14–0, 6 I2SenateR 7–0, 2 I4
Puerto RicoGovernorLegislative AssemblyHouse of RepresentativesPNP 34–16, 1 PIP[nb 6]4SenatePNP 21–4, 1 PIP, 1 I4
US Virgin IslandsGovernorLegislature---Legislature (unicameral)D 13–0, 2 I2
New Progressive (PNP) legislators 55
Democratic (D) legislators 31
Republican (R) legislators 27
Popular Democratic (PPD) legislators 20
Puerto Rican Independence (PIP) legislators 2
Independent Citizens Movement (ICM) legislators 1
Independent and nonpartisan (I) legislators 52
Non-voting delegate (Swains Island) 1
Total 189

Notes

  1. The Constitution of California names it the "California Legislature", but the Legislature brands itself as the “California State Legislature”.
  2. The Constitution of Louisiana vests legislative authority in "a legislature, consisting of a Senate and a House of Representatives," and refers to it as "the legislature" throughout, without officially designating a term for the two houses together. However, the two bodies do use the term "Louisiana State Legislature" in official references to itself.
  3. When Nebraska switched to a unicameral legislature in 1937, the lower house was abolished. All current Nebraskan legislators are referred to as “Senators”, as the pre-1937 senate was the retained house.
  4. The Constitution of Utah names it the "Legislature of the State of Utah", but the Legislature brands itself as the "Utah State Legislature".
  5. The Constitution of Washington names it "the legislature of the state of Washington", but the Legislature brands itself as the "Washington State Legislature".
  6. The ruling parties of Puerto Rico are separate from the Republican and Democratic parties.

See also

References

  1. “Split” in the sense that each of the two chambers are controlled by a different party (e.g., a Democratic Senate and Republican House) or one chamber is evenly split between parties (and thus "hung". The Nebraska legislature, though officially nonpartisan, is de facto Republican-controlled, and listed as such.
  2. "Partisan composition of state houses". Ballotpedia. Retrieved October 1, 2017.
  3. "Partisan composition of state senates". Ballotpedia. Retrieved October 1, 2017.
  4. "Partisan Composition of State Legislatures". Ballotpedia.
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