2017 United States state legislative elections

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3 legislative chambers
2 states[a]
  Majority party Minority party Third party
 
Party Republican Democratic Coalition
Chambers before 66 29[e] 3[b][c][d]
Chambers after 66 30[e] 2[b][c]
Overall change Steady Increase 1 Decrease 1

Map of upper house elections:
     Democrats retained control      Democrats gained control
     Special elections held

Map of lower house elections:
     Democrats retained control
     Republicans retained control
     Special elections held

The 2017 United States state legislative elections were held on November 7, 2017. Three legislative chambers in two states held regularly scheduled elections. These off-year elections coincided with other state and local elections, including gubernatorial elections in two states.[1]

Democrats won control of the Washington Senate through a special election for a seat previously held by a Republican, ending Republican-led coalition control there. Meanwhile, in regularly scheduled elections, Democrats maintained control of the New Jersey legislature and narrowed Republican control of the Virginia House of Delegates.

Summary table

Regularly scheduled elections were held in 3 of the 99 state legislative chambers in the United States. Nationwide, regularly scheduled elections were held for 220 of the 7,383 legislative seats. This table only covers regularly scheduled elections; additional special elections took place concurrently with these regularly scheduled elections.

State Upper House Lower House
Seats up Total % up Term Seats up Total % up Term
New Jersey 40 40 100 2/4[f] 80 80 100 4
Virginia 0 0 100 4 100 100 100 2

State summaries

New Jersey

Main articles: 2017 New Jersey General Assembly election and 2017 New Jersey State Senate election

All seats of the New Jersey General Assembly were up for election to two-year terms in coterminous two-member districts. The New Jersey Senate held elections for four-year terms. Democrats maintained majority control of both houses with expanded majorities.

Senate
Party Leader Before After Change
Democratic Stephen Sweeney 24 25 Increase 1
Republican Thomas Kean Jr. 16 15 Decrease 1
Total 40 40
General Assembly
Party Leader Before After Change
Democratic Vincent Prieto 52 54 Increase 2
Republican Jon Bramnick 28 26 Decrease 2
Total 80 80

Virginia

Main article: 2017 Virginia House of Delegates election

All seats of the Virginia House of Delegates were up for election in single-member districts. Delegates serve terms of two years. Democrats gained 15 seats and fell one seat short of a majority.

House of Delegates
Party Leader Before After Change
Republican William J. Howell 66 51 Decrease 15
Democratic David Toscano 34 49 Increase 15
Total 100 100

Special elections

Delaware

Florida

Georgia

Louisiana

New Hampshire

New York

Oklahoma

Washington

See also

Notes

  1. ^ The Washington Senate flipped from Republican to Democratic via a special election
  2. ^ a b The Alaska House of Representatives is controlled by a coalition of Democrats, Republicans, and independents. The minority caucus consists of Republicans who are not part of the majority coalition.
  3. ^ a b The New York Senate was controlled by a coalition of Republicans and members of the Independent Democratic Conference
  4. ^ One Democrat caucused with Republicans to form the Majority Coalition Caucus
  5. ^ a b The Connecticut Senate was tied in the 2017-2019 session. Democrats controlled more voting power due to holding the Lieutenant Governor's office, but both parties controlled legislative action. The chamber is not counted towards either total here.
  6. ^ The upper houses of Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Minnesota, New Jersey, and Texas use a 2-4-4 term length system.

References

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