State legislative seat breakdown: 52.2% GOP, 46.8% Dem

February’s partisan count of the 7,383 state legislators shows 52 percent of all state legislators are Republicans and 47 percent are Democrats.
 
Ballotpedia completes a count of the partisan balance of state legislatures at the end of every month. The partisan composition of state legislatures refers to which political party holds the majority of seats in the state Senate and state House. Republicans hold a majority in 61 chambers, and Democrats hold the majority in 37 chambers. One chamber (Alaska’s state house) shares power between the two parties. Altogether, there are 1,972 state senators and 5,411 state representatives.
 
As of February 28, 2019, Republicans controlled 52.2 percent of all state legislative seats nationally, while Democrats held 46.8 percent. Of the 7,383 state legislative seats in the country, Republicans held 3,853–1,080 state Senate seats and 2,773 state House seats. Democrats held 3,454 of the 7,383 state legislative seats–874 state Senate seats and 2,580 state House seats. Independent or third-party legislators held 31 seats and 45 seats were vacant.
 
At the time of the 2018 elections, 7,280 state legislators were affiliated with either the Republican or Democratic parties. There were 3,257 Democratic state legislators, 4,023 Republican state legislators, 35 independent or third-party state legislators, and 68 vacancies.



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