Recently, United Methodists in the United States elected eleven (11) new bishops to fill episcopal seats vacated
by retirements. In the United States, the five jurisdictional conferences elect bishops every four years.
For the 2013-2016 quadrennium, there are 140 active and retired U.S. bishops. Out of the 46 active bishops,
11 are women (24%). Of the 11 women bishops, nine are white and two are Latina. No other U.S. racial-ethnic
group is represented among active women bishops. This will be the first quadrennium since 1984 that there
will be no black U.S. woman among the active United Methodist bishops. The denomination has yet to elect a
Native American or Pacific Islander—male or female—to the episcopacy.