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W.Va. Last In Nation For Women In Elected Office

Capitol Dome, Capitol, Legislature
Perry Bennett
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Updated on Tuesday, April 5, 2022 at 10:20 a.m.

Less than 14 percent of West Virginia’s legislators are women, according to the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University. That is less than half of the national average of 31.25 percent as of March 2022.

Women currently only hold 18 of the state's 134 legislative seats: 4 senators and 14 representatives.

Only Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, Rep. Carol Miller and Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth Walker serve West Virginia in statewide elected office.

At the municipal level, 23.5 percent of offices are held by women statewide, ranking West Virginia 44th in the nation.

The study only looked at cities with a population of 10,000 or more, of which West Virginia only has 14.

*Editor's note: This story originally stated that no woman currently holds a statewide elected office. This was incorrect. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, Rep. Carol Miller and Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth Walker were elected to serve in a statewide capacity.

North Central/Morgantown Reporter, cschulz@wvpublic.org, 304-284-1497, @SchulzReports

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