The Kansas gubernatorial election of 2006 took place on November 7, 2006. Incumbent Democratic Governor Kathleen Sebelius, who sported high approval ratings ran for re-election to serve a second and final term. Governor Sebelius was unopposed for the Democratic nomination and she faced the Republican nominee, State SenatorJim Barnett, who emerged from a crowded primary. Sebelius roundly defeated Barnett and cruised to re-election, which was quite a considerable feat for a Democrat in staunchly conservative Kansas. As of 2016, this is the most recent time a Democrat was elected Governor of Kansas.