The 2012 U.S. elections yielded record victories for women holding seats at the national level, giving them the most representation in U.S. history 18.3 percent of the seats, up from 16.8 percent in the previous two Congresses.
None of the 98 incoming female members of Congress is from Utah, and no Utah woman holds statewide elected office. When incoming members of the Utah Legislature begin meeting Monday, five women will be sworn in in the Senate and 12 in the House, or 16.3 percent of 104 lawmakers, matching the percentage of the 1995 Legislature.
That ranks Utah's Legislature 45th in the nation for gender diversity, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Colorado is the most diverse with 42 women of the 100 lawmakers.