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Key Findings: Political Landscape

Choice Positions of Executives

Federal Government

  • President Barack Obama is pro-choice.
  • Vice President Joe Biden is mixed-choice.

Governors

  • 16 governors and the mayor of the District of Columbia are pro-choice: CA, CO, CT, DC, HI, IL, MD, MA, MN, MT, NH, NY, OR, RI, VT, VA, WA.
  • 5 governors are mixed-choice: AR, DE, KY, MO, NV.
  • 29 governors are anti-choice: AL, AK, AZ, FL, GA, ID, IN, IA, KS, LA, ME, MI, MS, NE, NJ, NM, NC, ND, OH, OK, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, WV, WI, WY.

Choice Positions of Governors

Map Showing Choice Positions of Governors


Choice Positions of Legislatures

U.S. Congress

  • The choice composition of the U.S. Senate is:
    • 42 pro-choice senators
    • 12 mixed-choice senators
    • 46 anti-choice senators
  • The choice composition of the U.S. House is1:
    • 173 pro-choice members
    • 22 mixed-choice members
    • 237 anti-choice members
    • 1 member's choice position is unknown

Choice Positions in the States

  Pro-Choice Mixed-Choice Anti-Choice
Governor 17* 5 29
Senate 2 14* 12 25
House 12 8 29
* Including the mayor and city council
of the District of Columbia.

State Legislatures

  • Legislatures that are anti-choice outnumber pro-choice legislatures:
    • 8 states and the District of Columbia have pro-choice legislatures (both the house and senate are pro-choice): CA, CO, CT, DC (city council), HI, MA, NJ, OR, VT.
    • 24 states have anti-choice legislatures (both the house and senate are anti-choice): AL, AK, AR, FL, GA, ID, IN, KS, KY, LA, MI, MS, MO, NE, NC, ND, OH, OK, SD, TN, TX, UT, WI.
  • Choice composition of state senates:
    • 13 states and the District of Columbia have a pro-choice senate: CA, CO, CT, DC (city council), HI, IL, IA, MD, MA, MN, NJ, NM, OR, VT.
    • 12 states have a mixed-choice senate: DE, ME, MT, NH, NV, NY, PA, SC, VA, WA, WV, WY.
    • 25 states have an anti-choice senate: AL, AK, AZ, AR, FL, GA, ID, IN, KS, KY, LA, MI, MS, MO, NE, NC, ND, OH, OK, RI, SD, TN, TX, UT, WI.
  • Choice composition of state houses:
    • 12 states have a pro-choice house: CA, CO, CT, HI, ME, MA, NH, NJ, NY, OR, VT, WA.
    • 8 states have a mixed-choice house: DE, IL, MD, NV, NM, RI, WV, WY.
    • 29 states have an anti-choice house: AL, AK, AZ, AR, FL, GA, ID, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NC, ND, OH, OK, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WI.

Choice Positions of State Governments

  • There are 7 states and the District of Columbia with pro-choice governments (both a majority of the legislature and the governor are pro-choice): CA, CO, CT, DC (mayor and city council), HI, MA, OR, VT.
  • There are 21 states with anti-choice governments (both a majority of the legislature and the governor are anti-choice): AL, AK, AZ, FL, GA, ID, IN, KS, LA, MI, MS, NE, NC, ND, OH, OK, SD, TN, TX, UT, WI.

Pro-Choice and Anti-Choice State Governments


1 At the time this publication went to print, there were two vacancies in the U.S. House of Representatives.

2 The terms "house" and "senate" include the equivalent bodies in states that have different titles for their state legislative bodies. Nebraska has a unicameral body that is counted as a senate, and the District of Columbia's city council—for this purpose—is counted as a senate.


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