The 2016 Election: Women in the Massachusetts Legislature

The Massachusetts Caucus of Women Legislators is pleased to announce that we will welcome four new female legislators at the beginning of the 190th General Court! 

Thank you to our friends at the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy at UMass Boston for putting together this informational fact sheet about the 2016 election in Massachusetts!

Women in Congress (2018)

  • Women hold 105 (19.6%) of the 535 congressional seats
  • 22 of the 100 Senate seats are held by women (22%)
    • Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren holds one of those seats
    • Of the 22 female Senators, 17 are Democrat and 5 are Republican
  • 83 of the 435 US House seats are held by women (19.1%)
    • Congresswoman Katherine Clark and Congresswoman Niki Tsongas of Massachusetts hold two of those seats
    • Of the 83 women, 61 are Democrat and 22 are Republican

Women in Statewide Offices (2018)

  • Women hold 71 of 312 statewide positions across the country (22.8%)
  • Massachusetts has four women in statewide offices at the Constitutional Officer level: Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, Attorney General Maura Healey, State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg and State Auditor Suzanne Bump
  • Only 6 women are serving as Governor across the country and 12 women are serving as Lt. Governor

Women in State Legislatures (2018)

  • 1,875 (25.4%) out of the 7,383 state legislative seats in the United States are currently occupied by women
    • 447 of 1,972 State Senate seats are held by women - including 11 out of the 40 State Senate seats in Massachusetts
    • 1,428 of 5,411 State House/Assembly seats are held by women - including 39 of the 160 House of Representative seats in Massachusetts
  • Massachusetts ranks #24 in the nation for women serving in state legislatures with just 25% - Arizona and Vermont rank #1 with 40% of their state legislatures being women
  • Did you know? Since 1971, the number of women serving in state legislatures across the United States has more than quintupled!

For more information on the history and makeup of the Massachusetts Legislature, click here.

For more information on the makeup of legislatures across the United States, click here.

All facts and statistics are adapted from the Center for American Women and Politics, Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University.