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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

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

Choice Positions of Governors

Map of Choice Positions of Governors

Choice Positions of Legislatures

Choice Positions in the States

  Pro-Choice Mixed Choice Anti-Choice
Governor* 15 8 28
Senate* 13 10 28
House 12 7 30

* Including the mayor and city council of the District of Columbia.

U.S. Congress

  • The choice composition of the U.S. Senate is:
    • 37 pro-choice senators
    • 9 mixed-choice senators
    • 54 anti-choice senators
  • The choice composition of the U.S. House is:
    • 166 pro-choice members
    • 22 mixed-choice members
    • 246 anti-choice members

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, CT, DC (city council), HI, MD, MA, NJ, OR, VT.
    • 25 states have anti-choice legislatures (both the house and senate are anti-choice): AL, AK, AR, AZ, FL, ID, IN, KS, KY, LA, MI, MS, MO, NE, NC, ND, OH, OK, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WV, WI.
  • Choice composition of state senates1:
    • 12 states and the District of Columbia have a pro-choice senate: CA, CT, DC (city council), HI, IL, IA, MD, MA, MN, NJ, NM, OR, VT.
    • 10 states have a mixed-choice senate: CO, DE, ME, MT, NV, NH, PA, SC, WA, WY.
    • 28 states have an anti-choice senate: AL, AK, AZ, AR, FL, GA, ID, IN, KS, KY, LA, MI, MS, MO, NE, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, RI, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WV, WI.
  • Choice composition of state houses:
    • 12 states have a pro-choice house: CA, CO, CT, HI, ME, MD, MA, NJ, NY, OR, VT, WA.
    • 7 states have a mixed-choice house: DE, GA, IL, NV, NH, NM, RI.
    • 30 states have an anti-choice house: AL, AK, AZ, AR, FL, ID, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NC, ND, OH, OK, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WV, WI, WY.

Choice Positions of State Governments

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

Pro-Choice and Anti-Choice State Governments

Map of pro-choice and anti-choice state governments

1 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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