Governor of Kansas
|Governor of |
the State of Kansas
|Term length||Four years, renewable once|
|Formation||February 9, 1861|
The Governor of the State of Kansas is the head of state for the State of Kansas, United States. Under the Kansas Constitution, the Governor is also the head of government, serving as the chief executive of the Kansas executive branch, of the government of Kansas. The Governor is the Commander-in-Chief of the Kansas National Guard when not called into Federal use. Despite being an executive branch official, the Governor also possesses legislative and judicial powers. The Governor's responsibilities include making yearly "State of the State" addresses to the Kansas Legislature, submitting the budget, ensuring that state laws are enforced, and that the peace is preserved.
The office was created in 1861 when Kansas was officially admitted to the United States as the 34th state. Prior to statehood in 1861, the office was preceded by a Presidential appointed Governor of Kansas Territory with similar powers.
The 46th and current Governor of Kansas is Sam Brownback. His term began on January 11, 2011. He succeeded Mark Parkinson, who began his term on April 28, 2009 when Kathleen Sebelius resigned upon the US Senate vote confirming her as Secretary of Health and Human Services.
- The area that became Kansas was part of Louisiana Territory, later renamed Missouri Territory, until 1821, and unorganized until it became its own territory on May 30, 1854; see List of Governors of Missouri for the period from 1805 to 1821.
- A small part of Kansas was once claimed as part of the Republic of Texas (see List of Presidents of the Republic of Texas, and before that, was part of Mexico (see Spanish governors of New Mexico).
Democratic(5) (1) Independent
|#||Picture||Governor||Party||Took office||Left office|
|1||Andrew Horatio Reeder||Democratic||July 7, 1854||August 16, 1855|
|2||Wilson Shannon||Democratic||September 5, 1855||August 18, 1856|
|3||John W. Geary||Independent||September 9, 1856||March 20, 1857|
|4||Robert J. Walker||Democratic||May 27, 1857||December 15, 1857|
|5||James W. Denver||Democratic||December, 1857||November, 1858|
|6||Samuel Medary||Democratic||December, 1858||December, 1860|
State of Kansas
|#||Portrait||Governor||Party||Took office||Left office||Lt. Governor||Term||Notes|
|1||Charles L. Robinson||Republican||February 9, 1861||January 12, 1863||Joseph Pomeroy Root||1|
|2||Thomas Carney||Republican||January 12, 1863||January 9, 1865||Thomas Andrew Osborn||2|
|3||Samuel J. Crawford||Republican||January 9, 1865||November 4, 1868||James McGrew||3|
|4||Nehemiah Green||Republican||November 4, 1868||January 11, 1869||None|
|5||James M. Harvey||Republican||January 11, 1869||January 13, 1873||Charles Vernon Eskridge||5|
|Peter Percival Elder||6|
|6||Thomas A. Osborn||Republican||January 13, 1873||January 8, 1877||Elias Sleeper Stover||7|
|Melville J. Salter||8|
|7||George T. Anthony||Republican||January 8, 1877||January 13, 1879||Melville J. Salter||9|
|Lyman U. Humphrey|
|8||John P. St. John||Republican||January 13, 1879||January 8, 1883||Lyman U. Humphrey||10|
|David Wesley Finney||11|
|9||George W. Glick||Democratic||January 8, 1883||January 12, 1885||David Wesley Finney||12|
|10||John A. Martin||Republican||January 12, 1885||January 14, 1889||Alexander Pancoast Riddle||13|
|11||Lyman U. Humphrey||Republican||January 14, 1889||January 8, 1893||Andrew Jackson Felt||15|
|12||Lorenzo D. Lewelling||Populist||January 8, 1893||January 14, 1895||Percy Daniels||17|
|13||Edmund N. Morrill||Republican||January 14, 1895||January 11, 1897||James Armstrong Troutman||18|
|14||John W. Leedy||Populist||January 11, 1897||January 9, 1899||Alexander Miller Harvey||19|
|15||William E. Stanley||Republican||January 9, 1899||January 12, 1903||Harry E. Richter||20|
|16||Willis J. Bailey||Republican||January 12, 1903||January 9, 1905||David John Hanna||22|
|17||Edward W. Hoch||Republican||January 9, 1905||January 11, 1909||David John Hanna||23|
|William James Fitzgerald||24|
|18||Walter R. Stubbs||Republican||January 11, 1909||January 13, 1913||William James Fitzgerald||25|
|Richard Joseph Hopkins||26|
|19||George H. Hodges||Democratic||January 13, 1913||January 11, 1915||Sheffield Ingalls||27|
|20||Arthur Capper||Republican||January 11, 1915||January 13, 1919||William Yoast Morgan||28|
|21||Henry J. Allen||Republican||January 13, 1919||January 8, 1923||Charles Solomon Huffman||30|
|22||Jonathan M. Davis||Democratic||January 8, 1923||January 12, 1925||Ben Sanford Paulen||32|
|23||Ben S. Paulen||Republican||January 12, 1925||January 14, 1929||De Lanson Alson Newton Chase||33|
|24||Clyde M. Reed||Republican||January 14, 1929||January 12, 1931||Jacob W. Graybill||35|
|25||Harry H. Woodring||Democratic||January 12, 1931||January 9, 1933||Jacob W. Graybill||36|
|26||Alfred M. Landon||Republican||January 9, 1933||January 11, 1937||Charles W. Thompson||37|
|27||Walter A. Huxman||Democratic||January 11, 1937||January 9, 1939||William M. Lindsay||39|
|28||Payne Ratner||Republican||January 9, 1939||January 11, 1943||Carl E. Friend||40|
|29||Andrew F. Schoeppel||Republican||January 11, 1943||January 13, 1947||Jess C. Denious||42|
|30||Frank Carlson||Republican||January 13, 1947||November 28, 1950||Frank L. Hagaman||44|
|31||Frank L. Hagaman||Republican||November 28, 1950||January 8, 1951||None|
|32||Edward F. Arn||Republican||January 8, 1951||January 10, 1955||Fred Hall||46|
|33||Fred Hall||Republican||January 10, 1955||January 3, 1957||John McCuish||48|
|34||John McCuish||Republican||January 3, 1957||January 14, 1957||None|
|35||George Docking||Democratic||January 14, 1957||January 9, 1961||Joseph W. Henkle, Sr.||49|
|36||John Anderson Jr.||Republican||January 9, 1961||January 11, 1965||Harold H. Chase||51|
|37||William H. Avery||Republican||January 11, 1965||January 9, 1967||John Crutcher||53|
|38||Robert Docking||Democratic||January 9, 1967||January 13, 1975||John Crutcher||54|
|James H. DeCoursey, Jr.||55|
|39||Robert F. Bennett||Republican||January 13, 1975||January 8, 1979||Shelby Smith||58|
|40||John W. Carlin||Democratic||January 8, 1979||January 12, 1987||Paul V. Dugan||59|
|Thomas R. Docking||60|
|41||Mike Hayden||Republican||January 12, 1987||January 14, 1991||Jack D. Walker||61|
|42||Joan Finney||Democratic||January 14, 1991||January 9, 1995||Jim Francisco||62|
|43||Bill Graves||Republican||January 9, 1995||January 13, 2003||Sheila Frahm||63|
|44||Kathleen Sebelius||Democratic||January 13, 2003||April 28, 2009||John E. Moore||65|
|45||Mark Parkinson||Democratic||April 28, 2009||January 10, 2011||Troy Findley|
|46||Sam Brownback||Republican||January 10, 2011||Incumbent||Jeff Colyer||67|
Other high offices held
This is a table of congressional seats, other federal offices, and other governorships held by governors. All representatives and senators mentioned represented Kansas except where noted. * denotes those offices which the governor resigned to take.
Living former U.S. governors of Kansas
As of May 2015, there are five former U.S. governors of Kansas who are currently living at this time, the oldest U.S. governor of Kansas being John W. Carlin (served 1979-1987, born 1940). The most recent U.S. governor of Kansas to die was John Anderson Jr. (served 1961-1965, born 1917), on September 15, 2014. The most recently serving U.S. governor of Kansas to die was Joan Finney, who served from January 14, 1991 until she left office on January 9, 1995 and died on July 28, 2001 at the age of 76.
|Governor||Gubernatorial term||Date of birth (and age)|
|John W. Carlin||1979–1987||August 3, 1940|
|Mike Hayden||1987–1991||March 16, 1944|
|Bill Graves||1995–2003||January 9, 1953|
|Kathleen Sebelius||2003–2009||May 15, 1948|
|Mark Parkinson||2009–2011||June 24, 1957|
Gubernatorial term of office
There is no lifetime limit on the number of times he or she may be elected, but a governor who has been elected to two consecutive terms must be out of office for at least one election cycle before being eligible once again for re-election. Elections occur at the same time as the Congressional midterm elections, and each term begins on the second Monday of January following the election. The lieutenant governor is subject to the same limitations and runs on a combined ticket with the governor.
If the governor becomes incapacitated, the lieutenant governor assumes the duties of the governor. However, if both offices become vacant, the line of succession is determined by the legislature. Under present law, the President of the Senate would be next in line to assume the governorship, followed by the Speaker of the House.
Since 1962, the Governor of Kansas has resided in the governor's mansion, known as Cedar Crest. It was designed by the architect firm Wight and Wight. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.
- Impeached but not convicted or removed.
- Resigned to take command of the 19th Kansas Infantry.
- As lieutenant governor, filled unexpired term.
- Resigned to take an elected seat in the United States Senate.
- Resigned with 11 days left in his term, and the first act of his successor was to appoint him to the Kansas Supreme Court.
- Resigned to become United States Secretary of Health and Human Services.
- Governor Brownback's second term expires on January 14, 2019; he is term limited.
- "CSG Releases 2013 Governor Salaries". The Council of State Governments. June 25, 2013. Retrieved November 23, 2014.
- Constitution of the State of Kansas
- Office of the Governor
- Kansas Government Information Online Library (Scroll down to Governors' publications)