Maryland State Politics
In November of 2018, 13 of 47 state Senators were women, as were 50 of 141 State House members. Maryland remains among the 20 states that have yet to elect a female governor (Kathleen Kennedy Townsend was the only female Lt. Governor in Maryland’s history, over 15 years ago). Currently, only six states have female governors nationwide.
Maryland is ranked 8th among all states for the proportion of women in the state legislature according to the Rutgers Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP
). Overall, women represent nearly 34 percent of all state level offices, below the 2006 peak of nearly 36 percent. This ratio is far better than neighboring states: Virginia is ranked 22nd, West Virginia 46th, and Pennsylvania and Delaware are tied for 37th. It is roughly equal to the District of Columbia (31 percent).
But Maryland performs below national leaders like Vermont and Arizona who are tied for first at 40 percent) and Nevada, which ranked third with 38 percent. Nationwide, only 25 percent of state delegates are women, which is nevertheless a historic high. Of note, Maryland does rank fourth highest for the percentage of women committee chairs (at 41 percent, vs. 48 percent for Nevada in first place) -- based on a 2017 analysis
by CAWP. But of the eight leadership positions in the State House and Senate, only the Speaker Pro Tempore is a woman -- based on a 2018 analysis
by CAWP. These statistics are expected to improve in 2019, with women holding three key leadership positions in the house and senate: Kathleen Dumais as Majority Leader in the House, Kathy Klausmeier as President Pro Tem in the Senate, and Adrienne Jones as Speaker Pro Tem in the House.