Counting the Wyoming state legislative committees

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June 15, 2011


CHEYENNE, Wyoming: There are 36 total standing committees in Wyoming state government. That is the 22nd fewest committees among the 50 states, according to a Ballotpedia study of state legislatures and their committees.

Wyoming is one of the few states that has the same number of committees per chamber. Each chamber has 12 committees, and those committees combine to form a joint committee by the same name.

  • With 90 total state legislators (30 Senators and 60 House representatives), the ratio of state legislators to committees is 2.5. That is the 13th lowest ratio.
  • On the 36 committees in Wyoming there are a total of 319 members -- meaning a committee's average size is 8.86 legislators. With 3.54 committees per legislator slots, Wyoming has the 20th highest ratio among the 50 states.

A standing committee was determined as being any committee that appeared to be permanent in the state. Select and special committees -- such as a one-year study commission -- were not counted in this report.

In the 50 states, Nevada has the fewest total committees with 21 while Mississippi has the most with 91. The highest ratio of legislators to committees is New Hampshire with 10.34 and the lowest being Delaware at 1.17.

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