Today, 13 of 47 State Senators are women (of whom 10 of 13 are Democrats), as are 50 of 141 State House members (of whom 39 are Democrats). Maryland remains among the 22 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 nation-wide.
State-wide, Maryland is ranked 8th by the Rutgers Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP
) for the proportion of women in the state legislature. Overall, women represent 33.5% of all state-level offices, below the 2006 peak of 35.6%. This ratio is far better than neighboring states (Virginia is ranked #22, West Virginia #46, and Pennsylvania and Delaware are tied for #37)—and roughly equal to the District of Columbia (30.8%). But Maryland performs below national leaders like Vermont and Arizona (tied for #1 at 40%) and Nevada (#3 with 38%). Nationwide, only 25.4% of state delegates are women (which is nevertheless a historic high). Of note, Maryland does rank fourth for the highest percentage of women committee chairs (at 41%, vs. 48% for #1 Nevada) -- based on a 2017 analysis
by CAWP. But of the 8 leadership positions in the State House and Senate, only the Speaker Pro Tempore is a woman -- based on a 2018 analysis