Number of women in Miss. Legislature decreasing

Two of eight statewide offices are held by women— the highest number ever. That will stay the same for the four-year term that starts in January, with Treasurer Lynn Fitch and Agriculture Commissioner Cindy Hyde-Smith, both Republicans.

Women held 17.2 percent of Mississippi’s legislative seats during the current term, and that will decrease to 14.4 percent in January.

— During the current term, eight women have served in the 52-member Senate. Next term, there will be nine. That’s an increase from 15.4 percent to 17.3 percent.

— During the current term, 22 women have served in the 122-member House. Next term, there will be 16. That’s a decrease from 18 percent to 13.1 percent.