July 2020 breakdown of state legislative party membership: 52.01% Republicans, 46.80% Democrats

July’s partisan count of the 7,383 state legislators across the United States shows 52.01% of all state legislators are Republicans and 46.80% 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 a majority in 37 chambers. Alaska’s chamber is the only one to have a power-sharing agreement between the two parties.

The state legislatures include 1,972 state senator and 5,411 state representative offices. Republicans hold 1,077 state senate seats—4 less than in June—and 2,763 state house seats—down five seats from last month. Democrats hold 3,455 of the 7,383 state legislative seats—875 state senate seats (up two seats) and 2,580 state house seats (down four seats). Independent or third-party legislators hold 33 seats, of which 29 are state house seats and four state senate seats. There are 55 vacant seats.

For the month of July, both parties saw a decrease in state representation, with Republicans and Democrats holding .15% and .02% fewer seats, respectively.

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