Party Affiliations in the State Legislatures

A Year by Year Summary, 1796–2006

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About the Book

Over the years, America’s national elections have become focused almost exclusively on Democrats and Republicans; other parties exist but rarely rise to prominence. Elections at the state level, on the other hand, offer a livelier history, with successful candidates from political parties of all stripe, including Free Soil, Abolitionist, Anti-Monopoly, Farmers Alliance, War Democrat, Anti-Masonic, Socialist, and many more.
This book lists the party affiliation of state legislatures beginning in 1796 through the elections of 2006. Information on each state includes a summary of how its electoral process developed, including the origins and stipulations of each state’s constitution, the terms and size of the legislature, and other details pertaining to the history of the state’s legislative branch. Each state’s chapter closes with a list of sources. In all, the book documents over 100 different party affiliations.

About the Author(s)

The late Michael J. Dubin was a retired teacher. He lived in Arizona.

Bibliographic Details

Michael J. Dubin
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 223
Bibliographic Info: charts, notes, bibliography
Copyright Date: 2007
pISBN: 978-0-7864-2914-1
eISBN: 978-1-4766-0776-4
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vii
Introduction      1
Abbreviations      5
Summary of Party Affiliation      9
Length of Term      13

Alabama      15
Alaska      18
Arizona      20
Arkansas      22
California      25
Colorado      29
Connecticut      31
Delaware      37
Florida      42
Georgia      46
Hawaii      51
Idaho      52
Illinois      55
Indiana      59
Iowa      63
Kansas      66
Kentucky      69
Louisiana      74
Maine      79
Maryland      84
Massachusetts      90
Michigan      97
Minnesota      101
Mississippi      104
Missouri      107
Montana      111
Nebraska      114
Nevada      116
New Hampshire      119
New Jersey      124
New Mexico      130
New York      132
North Carolina      139
North Dakota      142
Ohio      146
Oklahoma      150
Oregon      153
Pennsylvania      155
Rhode Island      162
South Carolina      169
South Dakota      173
Tennessee      175
Texas      179
Utah      183
Vermont      185
Virginia      190
Washington      194
West Virginia      197
Wisconsin      200
Wyoming      204

Bibliography      207

Book Reviews & Awards

  • “Informative…recommended”—Booklist
  • “Fascinating…unique…recommended”—ARBA