Friday 20 September 2019

Nevada is first US state with female-majority legislature

 

'With nine of the state's 21 Senate seats also held by women, it means 32 of the 63 total seats in the state legislature will be held by a female representative' (stock photo)
'With nine of the state's 21 Senate seats also held by women, it means 32 of the 63 total seats in the state legislature will be held by a female representative' (stock photo)

Clare Mindock

Nevada has become the first US state to have a female majority in its legislature.

The appointments of Rochelle Nguyen and Beatrice Angela Duran to the State Assembly by commissioners in Clark County mean women will now have 23 of the 42 available seats.

Their seats are being vacated by Chris Brooks, who is leaving after he was appointed to the state Senate, and Olivia Diaz, who is pursuing a city council seat in Las Vegas, 'The Nevada Independent' reported.

With nine of the state's 21 Senate seats also held by women, it means 32 of the 63 total seats in the state legislature will be held by a female representative.

The appointments come after female representation on state legislative bodies across the country's 50 states reached 25.3pc earlier this year, or 1,866 of the 7,383 available seats.

Irish Independent

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