19 States Have No Black Female State Senators

Black women are severely underrepresented in state legislatures, with 19 states having no black women senators and nine having no black women representatives.

Of more than 1,900 state senators nationwide, only 84 are black women, according to a new analysis from Vote Run Lead, a political group that helps women run for office. It would take at least 120 black women holding state senate seats across the country to be representative of the American population.

Six states have no women of color in their senates: Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, New Hampshire, North Dakota, and Pennsylvania.

Georgia is the state with the most black women in its state legislature: ten of 56 state senators are black women and 31 of 180 state representatives are black women.

However, all 28 black women in Congress are in the House. There are no black female senators in the United States.


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