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State legislator

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A state legislator is a person who writes and passes laws, specifically someone who is a member of a state legislature.[1]

Legislators are usually politicians and are often elected by the people. The term applies to state senators and state representatives or assemblymen.[1]

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State representatives

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In the 49 state houses, there are 5,411 state representatives. (Nebraska has a only one branch and thus there is no House.)

As of March 2, 2015, 5,357 state representatives are affiliated with either the Republican or Democratic parties. This total is updated monthly.

Party Number of Percentage
Democratic state representatives 2,343 43.4%
Republican state representatives 3,014 55.5%
Independent state representatives 19 0.35%
Third party representatives 6 0.11%
Vacancies 25 0.46%

Partisan composition of state representatives

See also: Partisan composition of state houses

The partisan composition of state houses refers to which party holds the majority of seats in the state house or the lower level of each state legislature. Altogether, in the 49 state houses, there are 5,411 state representatives.

As of February 9, 2013, the breakdown of chamber control by party is as follows:

  • Democratic Party 20 chambers
  • Republican Party 29 chambers

Length of term

The length of terms for state representatives in the 49 American lower chambers is either two years or four years.

Representatives in 5 states have a four-year term. Representatives in 44 states have a two-year term.

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State senators

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In the 50 state senates, there are 1,972 state senators. After the 2012 elections, there will be 1,972 total senators. The New York State Senate added one seat during the 2010 Census redistricting process.

As of March 2, 2015, 1,908 state senators are affiliated with either the Republican or Democratic parties. This total is updated monthly.

Party Number of Percentage
Democratic state senators 825 41.8%
Republican state senators 1,083 54.6%
Nonpartisan state senators 49 2.48%
Independent state senators 3 0.2%
Third Party state senators 1 0.1%
Vacancies 15 0.76%

Partisan composition of state senates

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

The partisan composition of state senates refers to which political party holds the majority of seats in the state senate. Altogether, in the 50 state senates, there are 1,972 state senators.

As of February 9, 2013, the breakdown of chamber control by party is as follows:

Length of term

The length of terms for state senators in the 50 American state senates is either two years or four years.

Senators in 31 states have a four-year term. Senators in 12 states have a two-year term. Senators in seven states (Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Minnesota, New Jersey and Texas) have terms that are sometimes two years and sometimes four years, depending on the proximity of the election to the legislative re-apportionments that occur every 10 years after a federal census.

  • In the 12 states where the length of the term is two years, all state senate seats are up for re-election every two years.
  • In the 28 states with a four-year term, or a 2-4-4 term, 28 states have staggered elections so that approximately half of state senate seats are up for re-election during the state's general elections that take place every two years.
  • In the 10 other states where the term is four years, all seats come up for re-election during the same year. In those states, there are general election years where no state senate seats are at stake.
State senate # of senators Length of term Conduct of elections
Alabama State Senate 35 4 All seats are up for re-election in 2010, 2014, 2018...
Alaska State Senate 20 4 Staggered
Arizona State Senate 30 2 All seats up for re-election every 2 years
Arkansas State Senate 35 2-4-4 Staggered
California State Senate 40 4 Staggered
Colorado State Senate 35 4 Staggered
Connecticut State Senate 36 2 All seats up for re-election every 2 years
Delaware State Senate 21 2-4-4 Staggered
Florida State Senate 40 2-4-4 Staggered
Georgia State Senate 56 2 All seats up for re-election every 2 years
Hawaii State Senate 25 2-4-4 Staggered
Idaho State Senate 35 2 All seats up for re-election every 2 years
Illinois State Senate 59 2-4-4[2] Staggered
Indiana State Senate 50 4 Staggered
Iowa State Senate 50 4 Staggered
Kansas State Senate 40 4 All seats are up for election in 2008, 2012, 2016...
Kentucky State Senate 39 4 Staggered
Louisiana State Senate 39 4 All seats are up for election in 2011, 2015, 2019...
Maine State Senate 35 2 All seats up for re-election every 2 years
Maryland State Senate 47 4 All seats are up for election in 2010, 2014, 2018...
Massachusetts State Senate 40 2 All seats up for re-election every 2 years
Michigan State Senate 38 4 All seats are up for election in 2010, 2014, 2018...
Minnesota State Senate 67 2-4-4 All seats are up for election in 2010, 2012, 2016...
Mississippi State Senate 52 4 All seats are up for election in 2007, 2011, 2015...
Missouri State Senate 34 4 Staggered
Montana State Senate 50 4 Staggered
Nebraska State Senate 49 4 Staggered
Nevada State Senate 21 4 Staggered
New Hampshire State Senate 24 2 All seats up for re-election every 2 years
New Jersey State Senate 40 2-4-4 All seats are up for election in 2011, 2013, 2015, 2019
New Mexico State Senate 42 4 All seats are up for election in 2008, 2012, 2016...
New York State Senate 62 2 All seats up for re-election every 2 years
North Carolina State Senate 50 2 All seats up for re-election every 2 years
North Dakota State Senate 47 4 Staggered
Ohio State Senate 33 4 Staggered
Oklahoma State Senate 48 4 Staggered
Oregon State Senate 30 4 Staggered
Pennsylvania State Senate 50 4 Staggered
Rhode Island State Senate 38 2 All seats up for re-election every 2 years
South Carolina State Senate 46 4 All seats are up for election in 2008, 2012, 2016...
South Dakota State Senate 35 2 All seats up for re-election every 2 years
Tennessee State Senate 33 4 Staggered
Texas State Senate 31 2-4-4 Staggered
Utah State Senate 29 4 Staggered
Vermont State Senate 30 2 All seats up for re-election every 2 years
Virginia State Senate 40 4 All seats are up for re-election in 2007, 2011, 2015...
Washington State Senate 49 4 Staggered
West Virginia State Senate 34 4 Staggered
Wisconsin State Senate 33 4 Staggered
Wyoming State Senate 30 4 Staggered

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Merriam-Webster Dictionary, "Legislator" accessed April 4, 2013
  2. Under the Illinois Constitution of 1970, senators are divided into three groups, each group having a two-year term at a different part of the decade between censuses, with the rest of the decade being taken up by two four-year terms. Depending on the election year, roughly ⅓, ⅔, or all of the senate seats may have terms ending.