New Hampshire’s state legislature is nine times larger than Nebraska’s

December 20, 2013
Pennsylvania's capitol could feel less cramped if the state House gets its way. (Mladen Antonov/AFP/Getty)
Pennsylvania’s capitol could feel less cramped if the state House gets its way. (Mladen Antonov/AFP/Getty)

Earlier this week, we wrote about how Pennsylvania’s legislature is considering downsizing in what would be the first meaningful change to a state legislature since Rhode Island made a reduction in 2004.

In reporting that piece, we reached out to the folks at the bipartisan National Conference of State Legislatures, and they graciously provided us with state-by-state data on the sizes of legislative bodies in each state. They can vary a lot. Nebraska is home to just 49 state legislators, while New Hampshire’s legislature is almost nine times larger with 424 members. All told, there are 7,383 state lawmakers in the country, according to NCSL’s data, which are current as of December.

House lawmakers in California represent just over 475,000 constituents each, more than counterparts in any other state. And in California and Texas, state senators represent more constituents than does any member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Members of the New Hampshire and Vermont Houses represent the fewest constituents of any state. The average number of constituents per district in Vermont is 4,173, while in New Hampshire it is just 3,302. A change to the size of Pennsylvania’s legislature would mean each House member there would represent 83,000 people, up from 62,500, according to The Patriot News.

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Niraj Chokshi reports for GovBeat, The Post's state and local policy blog.
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