Apr 2, 2024 - News

Michigan ranks in nation's top third for women in municipal office

Women as a share of municipal officeholders
Data: Rutgers; Map: Axios Visuals

More than 35% of Michigan's municipal officeholders are women, according to a new report from the Center For American Women and Politics at Rutgers.

  • That puts us at 16th in the nation.

The big picture: Following Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's election in 2018, the state went from the middle of the pack to the top third in the nation in terms of getting women into local office.

Zoom in: The nine-member Detroit City Council has a female majority. Other local women also hold important offices, including Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy and Lathrup Village Mayor Kelly Garrett.

  • Michigan ranks 14th in state legislative representation, which the report also analyzed.
  • Five of the seven Democrats who represent Michigan in the U.S. House are women.

Zoom out: Colorado leads the nation (46.1%) for its share of women holding municipal office.

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