Makeup of County Boards by Decade

2010s
2018 2016 2014 2012 2010
Total seats 583 580 578
Democrats 275 271 295
Republicans 304 303 277
Independents 3 6 6
New commissioners 131 121 145
Vacancies 1 0 0
Females 93 93 93
African-Americans 111 112 108
Native Americans 6 7 7
Indian 0 0 0
Hispanic 0 0 0
Democratic boards 47 45 50
Republican boards 52 53 49

2000s
2008 2006 2004 2002 2000
Total seats 576 572 570 568 566
Democrats 350 338 316 322 337
Republicans 221 231 254 245 227
Independents 5 1 0 1 2
New commissioners 122 130 119 140 142
Vacancies 0 2 0 0 0
Females 96 88 82 88 82
African-Americans 112 97 105 104 87
Native Americans 7 7
Indian 0 1
Hispanic 0 1
Democratic boards 64 60 56 57 62
Republican boards 36 40 44 43 38


1990s
1998 1996 1994 1992 1990
Total seats 566 566 560 551 538
Democrats 342 326 343 390 367
Republicans 221 238 217 161 171
Independents 3 2 0 0 0
New commissioners 153 140 160 166 158
Vacancies 2 0 2 1 0
Females 83 75 67 74 64
African-Americans 94 93 89 88 79
Democratic boards 61 59 58 73 68
Republican boards 38 41 42 27 32


1980s
1988 1986 1984 1982 1980
Total seats 521 501 492 494 492
Democrats 364 360 392 431 398
Republicans 157 141 100 63 94
New commissioners 130 147 125 148 101
Vacancies 2 1 2 0 0
Females 58 49 45 42 30
African-Americans 62 42 35 35 21
Democratic boards 67 69 77 89 80
Republican boards 33 31 23 11 20
Three members 8 9 10 10 11
Five members 75 80 83 81 80
Six members 1 2 2 4 4
Seven members 14 9 5 5 5
Nine members 2 0 0 0 0
Turnover of all seats 25% 29.5% 25.4% 29.9% 20.6%
Turnover of available seats 51.2% 49.5% 55.3% 51.8% 40.7%


1970s
1978 1976 1974 1972 1970
Total seats 493 484 477
Democrats 428 437 396
Republicans 65 46 80
New commissioners 154 143 157
Vacancies 0 1 0
Females 29 27 17
African-Americans 18 14 13
Democratic boards 85 89 86
Republican boards 15 11 14
Three members 11 14 17
Five members 79 79 76
Six members 5 2 3
Seven members 5 5 4
Turnover of all seats 31.2% 29.6% 32.9%