The Arizona Women's Political Caucus is the state affiliate of the National Women's Political Caucus. We are the only multi-partisan grass roots organization dedicated to increasing the number of pro-choice women in elected and appointed office. We work to help women attain leadership positions at all levels of government.
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Women hold 90 (16.8%) of the 535 seats in the 112th U.S. Congress.  Seventeen women serve in the Senate (17%) and 73 in the House (16.8%).  Three women serve as non-voting Delegates to the House, from Guam, the Virgin Islands and Washington, D.C.  Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is the House Minority Leader, the highest-ranking woman ever to serve in Congress.

Of the 90 serving, 61 are Democrats; 29 are Republicans. Twenty-four (27%) are women of color.  Fifty-four of the 73 women in the House hold previous elective office, ranging from school board member to statewide office.

Twenty states have no female representation in either house of Congress.  Four states (DE, IA, MS and VT) have never sent a woman to Congress.  Arizona has sent four to the House:  Isabella Selmes Greenway (D) 1933-36, Karan English (D) 1992-94, Ann Kirkpatrick (D) 2008-10, Gabrielle Giffords (D) 2006-12.


 Women hold 74 of the 317 (23.3%) statewide elective executive positions.  Thirty-eight are Democrats; 35 are Republicans; 1 is nonpartisan.  Eleven are women of color.  Six serve as governors:  Jan Brewer (R-AZ), Bev Perdue (D-NC), Susanna Martinez (R-NM), Mary Fallin (R-OK), Nikki Haley (R-SC), Christine Gregoire (D-WA).  Eleven serve as lieutenant governors, 7 as attorneys general, 12 as secretaries of state, 8 as treasurers/chief financial officers, 5 as chief education officials.  Brenda Burns (R) and Sandra Kennedy (D) serve on the Arizona Corporation Commission.

Arizona is the first state to have had four women governors: Rose Mofford (D), Jane Dee Hull (R), Janet Napolitano (D) and Jan Brewer (R). 


1749 (23.7%) of the 7,382 state legislators are women (1,056 Democrats, 675 Republics, 18 np/other).  Three-hundred fifty-one (20.1%) are women of color.  Colorado ranks first in the percentage of women legislators (40%).  South Carolina again ranks last (9.4%). Only three women serve as presidents of state senates; three serve as speakers of state houses.

Arizona is in 4th place in the percentage of women legislators (33.3%).  Women hold 30 of the 90 legislative seats (11 out of 30 in the Senate – 4 Democrats, 7 Republicans; 19 out of 60 in the House – 7 Democrats, 12 Republicans).  Three serve in leadership positions in the Senate: Sylvia Allen (R) as president pro tempore, Leah Landrum Taylor (D) as assistant minority leader, Paula Aboud (D) as minority whip.  Two serve in leadership positions in the House: Debbie Lesko (R) as majority whip and Anna Tovar (D) as minority whip.  Five of the 15 Senate committee chairs are women; 4 out of 17 House committee chairs are women.


As of January 2012, only 12 of the mayors of the 100 largest U.S. cities were women.  Arizona has one, Elaine Scruggs of Glendale.  Forty-four (17.6%) of the 252 mayors of cities over 100,000 were women.  Two hundred seventeen (17.4%) of the 1,248 mayors of cities over 30,000 were women.  In Arizona three of the 25 mayors of cities over 30,000 are women: Scruggs, Marie Lopez Rogers of Avondale, Georgia Lord of Goodyear.  Three of the six Tucson City Council members are women: Regina Romero, Karin Uhlich and Shirley Scott.  Thelda is Williams the only woman on the eight-member Phoenix City Council.


In 2012 14 (25.5%) of the 55 county board of supervisor positions are filled by women, with three serving as chairs.  Seven (47%) of the 15 counties have no female supervisors.  Three women (20%)  serve as county attorneys; 5 (33%) as assessors; 12 (80%) as clerks of the court; 15 (100%) as recorders; 9 (60%) as school superintendents; 10 (67%) as treasurers.


As of June 2012, 56 of the 179 (31.3%) Superior Court judges serving are women; 33 out of 99 (33.3%) in Maricopa; 9 out of 29 (31%) in Pima; 14 out of 51 (27.5%) in the 13 outlying counties.  Presiding Judge on Pima County Superior Court: Sarah Simmons.

Twenty-five of the 87 (28.7%) Justices of the Peace are women: 4 out of 25 in Maricopa (16%); 6 out of 10 in Pima (60%); 15 out of 52 in the other 13 counties (28.8%).

Six of the 22 (27.1%) Court of Appeals judges are women – 5 our of 16 in Div. I (Phoenix), 1 out of 6 in Div. II (Tucson).  Chief Justice Rebecca White Berch is the only woman on the State Supreme Court.


In 2012 three (13.6%) of the 22 Arizona tribes are led by women, with five serving as tribal vice chairs/presidents.

Percentages of Women in U.S. Elective Offices
Level of Office 1971 1979 1987 1991 1995 1999 2003 2007 2009 2011 2012
U.S. Congress 3% 3% 5% 5.6% 10.3% 12.1% 13.8% 16.3% 16.8% 16.8% 16.8%
Statewide Elective NA 11% 14% 17.5% 25.6% 28% 25.4% 24.1% 22.9% 22.1% 23.3%
State Legislatures 5% 10% 16% 18.3% 20.7% 23% 22.5% 23.5% 24.3% 23.7% 23.7%
Mayors (U.S. Cities of 30,000 or more) 1% 7% 11% 17% 18.2% 21% 17% 16.2% 16.8% 17.3% 17.4%

Compiled by the Arizona Women's Political Caucus from information provided by the Center for the American Woman and Politics (CAWP), Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University; National League of Cities; U.S. Conference of Mayors; 50-50 by 2020; League of Arizona Cities and Towns; Arizona Association of Counties; Arizona Women Lawyers Association, Arizona Commission of Indian Affairs.

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