In 1803, when Ohio became a state, there were 30 representatives and 14 senators who were elected to represent Ohio's 17 counties.
Ohio now boasts 88 counties, and 132 lawmakers who represent the people of Ohio. There are 33 senators (elected to four-year terms), and 99 representatives (elected to two-year terms).
In 1922, on the heels of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote, Ohio delivered the first six women to the halls of the state capitol. Since then, nearly 200 women have served in the Ohio legislature. Pundits dubbed 1992 "The Year of the Woman," in response to the increased presence of women running for elective office. That year, there were 30 women serving in the Ohio General Assembly: 24 in the House and 6 in the Senate.
As of June 9 2011, there were 30 women in the General Assembly - 22.7% - placing Ohio 35th among the 50 states with women serving in the state legislature. (New Hampshire boasts the highest percentage of women serving, and South Carolina the lowest.)*
* Center for American Women and Politics, Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University.
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