November 2019 breakdown of state legislative party membership: 52.2% Republicans, 46.8% Democrats

November’s partisan count of the 7,383 state legislators across the United States shows 52.2% of all state legislators are Republicans and 46.8% are Democrats.
 
Ballotpedia tallies the partisan balance of state legislatures at the end of every month. This refers to which political party holds the majority of seats in each chamber. Republicans hold a majority in 61 chambers, and Democrats hold the majority in 37 chambers. One chamber (Alaska’s state House) has a power-sharing agreement between the two parties.
 
Altogether, there are 1,972 state senator and 5,411 state representative offices. Republicans held 1,081 state senate seats—no change from October—and 2,775 state house seats—up five seats from last month. Democrats held 3,457 of the 7,383 state legislative seats—878 state Senate seats (down one seat) and 2,579 state House seats (down four seats). Independent or third-party legislators held 36 seats. There were 34 vacant seats.
 
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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