Political Party Control of State Legislatures, by Party: 1961 to 2007

Added By Infochimps

The Statistical Abstract files are distributed by the US Census Department as Microsoft Excel files. These files have data mixed with notes and references, multiple tables per sheet, and, worst of all, the table headers are not easily matched to their rows and columns.

A few files had extraneous characters in the title. These were corrected to be consistent. A few files have a sheet of crufty gibberish in the first slot. The sheet order was shuffled but no data were changed.

The tables that were changed (this is table 400):

0166 0257 0362 0429 0445 0446 0459 0461 0462 0464 0465 0466 0467
0469 0479 0480 0481 0482 0483 0484 0485 0486 0487 0559 0628 0629
1144 1227 1231

This dataset consists of a table of 38 rows and 4 columns.

As of beginning of year. Until 1972 there were two nonpartisan legislatures in Minnesota and Nebraska. Since then only Nebraska has had a nonpartisan legislature


  1. Two 1984 midterm recall elections resulted in a change in control of
    the Michigan State Senate. At the time of the 1984 election, therefore,
    Democrats controlled 33 legislatures.
  2. A party change during the year by a Democratic representative
    broke the tie in the Indiana House of Representatives,
    giving the Republicans control of both chambers.


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