Education

Partisan Control of State Legislatures, 1938-98

May 26, 1999 1 min read
Election Year
Democrats
Republicans
Split
1938
21
19
6
1940
21
17
8
1942
19
24
3
1944
19
24
3
1946
17
25
4
1948
19
16
11
1950
19
21
6
1952
16
26
4
1954
19
20
7
1956
22
19
5
1958
30
7
11
1960
27
15
6
1962
25
17
6
1964
32
6
10
1966
23
16
9
1968
20
20
8
1970
23
16
9
1972
26
16
7
1974
37
4
8
1976
35
4
10
1978
31
11
7
1980
29
15
5
1982
34
11
4
1984
26
11
12
1986
28
9
12
1988
29
8
12
1990
30
6
13
1992
25
8
16
1994*
18
19
12
1996
20
18
11
1998, Pre-Election
20
19
10

* The 1994 legislative elections triggered significant partisan turnover.
* All columns do not add up to 50 because of Nebraska’s nonpartisan, unicameral legislature; before 1972, Minnesota’s legislature was also nonpartisan. Legislatures in Alaska and Hawaii are first counted in 1958.

SOURCE: National Conference of State Legislatures

A version of this article appeared in the June 09, 1999 edition of Education Week as Partisan Control of State Legislatures, 1938-98