State legislator partisan breakdown for April

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According to Ballotpedia’s April partisan count of the 7,383 state legislative seats across the United States, 54.35% of all state legislators are Republicans and 44.37% are Democrats. This is a 0.06% increase for Republicans and a 0.57% decrease for Democrats from April 2021. 

Ballotpedia tallies the partisan balance of state legislatures at the end of every month. Republicans control 62 chambers, while Democrats hold 36. The Alaska House of Representatives is the only chamber organized under a multipartisan, power-sharing coalition. 

Democrats hold 861 state Senate seats and 2,415 state House seats, gaining three senate seats and four house seats since last month. Republicans hold 1,096 state Senate seats and 2,917 state House seats, retaining the same number of senate seats and losing four house seats since last month.

Independent or third-party legislators hold 41 seats across 18 different states, of which 33 are state House seats and eight state Senate seats. There are 46 vacant state House seats and seven vacant state Senate seats across 22 different states.

Compared to April 2021, Democrats have lost eight state Senate seats (869 v. 861) and 34 state House seats (2,449 v. 2,415). Republicans have gained five state Senate seats (1,091 v. 1,096) and have the same number of House seats (2,917).  

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