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PATRICK DENNIS

Louisiana has moved up in the ranks — ever so slightly — when it comes to the rate of women in the Legislature.

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures 2017 tally, the state has moved up to 44th, one place higher than it ranked last year.

The state Legislature last year broke out of its distinction of being dead last in the number of female legislators.

After a new crop of legislators was sworn in last year, Louisiana ranked 45th in the nation, after several years of being the state legislative body with the fewest women.

There are 22 women in the Legislature — five in the Senate and 17 in the House.

Nationally, state Legislatures are about a quarter female.

Louisiana has no female statewide office holders, following the defeat of U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu in 2014.

States that have lower percentages of women state legislators are Alabama, Mississippi, South Carolina, West Virginia, Oklahoma and Wyoming.

Women in state Legislatures, 2017

StateWomen in state HouseWomen in state SenateTotal Women in LegislatureTotal Members of LegislaturePercentage of Women in Legislature
Nevada
17
8
25
63
39.7%
Vermont
61
10
71
180
39.4%
Colorado
28
11
39
100
39.0%
Arizona
21
14
35
90
38.9%
Illinois
46
18
64
177
36.2%
Washington
36
17
53
147
36.1%
Maine
54
10
64
186
34.4%
Oregon
22
8
30
90
33.3%
Minnesota
48
16
64
201
31.8%
Maryland
48
11
59
188
31.4%
Idaho
23
9
32
105
30.5%
New Mexico
27
7
34
112
30.4%
Rhode Island
23
11
34
113
30.1%
Alaska
12
6
18
60
30.0%
New Jersey
25
11
36
120
30.0%
Montana
29
14
43
150
28.7%
Kansas
32
15
47
165
28.5%
New Hampshire
114
7
121
424
28.5%
Hawaii
14
7
21
76
27.6%
Connecticut
42
9
51
187
27.3%
New York
44
14
58
213
27.2%
Nebraska
Unicameral
13
13
49
26.5%
Massachusetts
40
12
52
200
26.0%
Georgia
51
10
61
236
25.8%
Florida
28
12
40
160
25.0%
Ohio
25
7
32
132
24.2%
North Carolina
28
13
41
170
24.1%
Wisconsin
22
9
31
132
23.5%
Michigan
30
4
34
148
23.0%
Missouri
38
6
44
197
22.3%
Iowa
27
6
33
150
22.0%
California
17
9
26
120
21.7%
Texas
29
8
37
181
20.4%
South Dakota
16
5
21
105
20.0%
Delaware
9
3
12
62
19.4%
Indiana
22
7
29
150
19.3%
Virginia
17
10
27
140
19.3%
Utah
14
6
20
104
19.2%
Arkansas
18
7
25
135
18.5%
North Dakota
17
9
26
141
18.4%
Pennsylvania
39
7
46
253
18.2%
Kentucky
19
4
23
138
16.7%
Tennessee
16
6
22
132
16.7%
Louisiana
17
522
144
15.3%
Alabama
16
4
20
140
14.3%
Mississippi
15
9
24
174
13.8%
South Carolina
19
4
23
170
13.5%
West Virginia
15
3
18
134
13.4%
Oklahoma
13
6
19
149
12.8%
Wyoming
7
3
10
90
11.1%
TOTAL
1390
440
 1,830
7383
24.8%

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