January 6, 2003
Posted at: 10:17 a.m. CDT
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Arkansas women are making headway in state government but the state still lags behind the national average for the number of female legislators.
When the General Assembly convenes on January 13th, there will be seven women senators, breaking the state's last record of four in 2001. With 15 women in the state House, that will make 22 women in the Legislature, just one less that the state's record 23 set in 1997.
But it's a big increase over the 1999 legislative session when no women served in the Senate.
This year's number puts the percentage of women legislators in Arkansas at 16-point-three, still below the national average of 22-point-four percent.