|43rd Governor of Kansas|
January 9, 1995 – January 13, 2003
|Preceded by||Joan Finney|
|Succeeded by||Kathleen Sebelius|
|28th Secretary of State of Kansas|
January 12, 1987 – January 9, 1995
|Preceded by||Jack Brier|
|Succeeded by||Ron Thornburgh|
William Preston Graves
January 9, 1953
Salina, Kansas, U.S.
Linda Richey (m. 1990)
|Alma mater||Kansas Wesleyan University|
William Preston Graves (born January 9, 1953) is a former American politician who was the 43rd Governor of Kansas from 1995 until 2003.
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Graves was born in Salina, Kansas, in 1953 to parents who owned a trucking firm. After graduating from Kansas Wesleyan University with a business degree, he worked in human resources. In 1990, he was elected Kansas Secretary of State and in 1991, he was appointed as a representative of state governments to the Competitiveness Policy Council.
He defeated Democratic Congressman Jim Slattery in the Republican sweeping elections of 1994 at the age of 41, and became one of the youngest governors in Kansas history. A moderate Republican, Graves was known for his disputes with the conservative wing of the Kansas Republican Party. His term of office saw strong economic growth for Kansas after years of recession, and a continued excellence and emphasis on education. In 1997 Graves served as the Chairman of the Midwestern Governors Association.
He won re-election in 1998 with 74% of the vote, which was the largest margin of victory by any governor up for election in 1998, and one of the largest margins of victory in Kansas gubernatorial history. Graves was barred from running for a third term as governor by Kansas state law, and was succeeded by Democrat Kathleen Sebelius in January 2003. Serving with him as lieutenant governor were Sheila Frahm (1995–1996), whom he appointed to fill Bob Dole's seat in the Senate, and Gary Sherrer (1996–2003).
Graves was one of five former governors of Kansas interviewed for the public television documentary, The Kansas Governor.
Bill Graves married Linda Richey in 1990, they have one daughter.
- American Trucking Associations Archived January 2, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
- Adams, DiAnna. "The State of Kansas Governor Bill Graves: First Lady's Biography". web.archive.org. Archived from the original on November 7, 2002.
| Secretary of State of Kansas
| Governor of Kansas
|Party political offices|
| Republican nominee for Governor of Kansas