New Milestones for House Women

When the Virginia legislature convenes in January, women will account for 35 of the 100 members, the most since the first female legislators were elected 98 years ago.

GOP Gender Gap Narrows

Advances for women this cycle were led by Republicans. Five new GOP women legislators will be seated in January, nearly doubling the number of Republican female legislators. Women will now represent 11 of 52 members of the House GOP caucus.



Women in the House Republican Caucus

Graphic showing the change in ratio of men to women in the House Republican caucus in 2021 versus 2022. In 2021, 1 out of every 8 GOP legislators were women. In 2022, the ratio changes to 1 out of every 5 GOP legislators will be women.



House Democrats Reach Gender Parity

The November elections reduced the number of women in the House Democratic caucus by one. However, electoral losses were even deeper (six) for men. The result is that women — for the first time in history — will have reached parity in the Democratic caucus.



2022 House Democratic Caucus

Graphic showing 24 purple and green squares of the gender makeup of the 48 members of the 2022 House Democratic Caucus. The number of men and women are equal at 24. Men are represented by green square, women are represented by purple squares.



Recent History of Women in the House of Delegates

2008-2022

Line graph showing the percent makeup of women in the Virginia House of Delegates from 2008 through 2022.



Nine New Women In the House

Nine headshots of new, women legislators to the Virginia House of Delegates. Each person's name, party, and House District number appears under their picture.



* November 2021 election results subject to recount

Source: The Virginia House of Delegates and VPAP research.