As Trump
takes office
one year in
Republicans in the U.S. House There are currently four vacancies in the U.S. House; three Republicans and one Democrat have left their seats in recent months. This shifted the numbers slightly, though Republicans are still by far the majority in that chamber. (Sources: 12) 241 (Jan. 3, 2017) 238 (Dec. 8, 2017)
Republicans in the U.S. Senate With Alabama Democrat Doug Jones winning December’s highly anticipated special election for the Senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the number of Republican senators fell by one in 2017. (Sources: 12) 52 (Jan. 3, 2017) 51 (Jan. 19, 2018)
Republican governors There were two gubernatorial elections in 2017, in Virginia and New Jersey. Virginia’s governorship remained Democratic, while New Jersey’s outgoing Republican Gov. Chris Christie was replaced by Democrat Phil Murphy. However, West Virginia’s governor also changed parties, from Democrat to Republican. (Sources: 12) 33 (Jan. 20, 2017) 33 (Jan. 19, 2018)
Republicans in statehouses The number of Republicans in statehouses has slid by 84 seats over the course of a year. However, Republicans still have control of 32 state legislatures, as they did in January 2017, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. There are far more open seats right now than there were a year ago; as of Jan. 5, there were 77 vacancies, compared with four in January 2017. (Sources: 12) 4,178 (January 2017) 4,094 (January 2018)
Party identification The share of U.S. adults who are Republican appears to have ticked down slightly this year. (Sources: 12) 28% R, 44% I, 25% D (Jan. 4-8, 2017) 25% R, 46% I, 27% D (Dec. 4-11, 2017)