List of Governors of Kansas

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Current governor Sam Brownback who took office on January 10, 2011
Standard of the Governor of Kansas

The Governor of Kansas is the head of the executive branch of Kansas's state government[1] and the commander-in-chief of the state's military forces.[2] The governor has a duty to enforce state laws,[1] and the power to either approve or veto bills passed by the Kansas Legislature,[3] to convene the legislature at any time,[4] and to grant pardons.[5]

The governor has a four-year term, commencing on the second Monday of January after election.[6] The governor originally had a two-year term; this was changed to four years by a constitutional amendment in 1974. The lieutenant governor is elected at the same time as the governor.[6] When the office of governor becomes vacant for any reason, the lieutenant governor becomes governor for the remainder of the term.[7]

Since becoming a state, Kansas has had 45 governors, including 32 Republicans, 11 Democrats, and 2 Populists. The state's longest-serving governors were Robert Docking, John W. Carlin, and Bill Graves, each of whom served 8 years and 4 days (Docking served four two-year terms; Carlin and Graves each served two four-year terms). The shortest-serving governor was John McCuish, who served only 11 days after the resignation of Fred Hall. The current governor is Republican Sam Brownback, who took office January 10, 2011 and was reelected November 4, 2014.

Governors[edit]

Territorial governors[edit]

Parties

  Democratic   Independent

# Picture Governor Party Took office Left office
1 AReeder.jpg   Andrew Horatio Reeder Democratic July 7, 1854 August 16, 1855
2 WShannon.jpg   Wilson Shannon Democratic September 5, 1855 August 18, 1856
3 Gearysfmayor.jpeg John W. Geary Independent September 9, 1856 March 20, 1857
4 Hon. Robert J. Walker, Miss - NARA - 528738.jpg   Robert J. Walker Democratic May 27, 1857 December 15, 1857
5 James W Denver by Whitehurst Studio c1856.jpg   James W. Denver Democratic December, 1857 November, 1858
6 SamuelMedary.jpg   Samuel Medary Democratic December, 1858 December, 1860

State of Kansas[edit]

Parties

  Democratic   Populist   Republican

# Portrait Governor Party Took office Left office Lt. Governor Term Notes
1 CRobinson.jpg   Charles L. Robinson Republican February 9, 1861 January 12, 1863   Joseph Pomeroy Root 1 [N 1]
2 TCarney.jpg   Thomas Carney Republican January 12, 1863 January 9, 1865   Thomas Andrew Osborn 2
3 Samuel J. Crawford.jpg   Samuel J. Crawford Republican January 9, 1865 November 4, 1868   James McGrew 3 [N 2]
  Nehemiah Green 4
4 NehemiahGreen.gif   Nehemiah Green Republican November 4, 1868 January 11, 1869 None [N 3]
5 James M. Harvey.gif   James M. Harvey Republican January 11, 1869 January 13, 1873   Charles Vernon Eskridge 5
  Peter Percival Elder 6
6 ThosAOsborn.gif   Thomas A. Osborn Republican January 13, 1873 January 8, 1877   Elias Sleeper Stover 7
  Melville J. Salter 8
7 GeoTAnthony.gif   George T. Anthony Republican January 8, 1877 January 13, 1879   Melville J. Salter 9
  Lyman U. Humphrey
8 John St John 1880.jpg   John P. St. John Republican January 13, 1879 January 8, 1883   Lyman U. Humphrey 10
  David Wesley Finney 11
9 GWGlick.jpg   George W. Glick Democratic January 8, 1883 January 12, 1885   David Wesley Finney 12
10 John alexander martin.jpeg   John A. Martin Republican January 12, 1885 January 14, 1889   Alexander Pancoast Riddle 13
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11 LUHumphrey.jpg   Lyman U. Humphrey Republican January 14, 1889 January 8, 1893   Andrew Jackson Felt 15
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12 LDLewelling.jpg   Lorenzo D. Lewelling Populist January 8, 1893 January 14, 1895   Percy Daniels 17
13 ENMorrill.jpg   Edmund N. Morrill Republican January 14, 1895 January 11, 1897   James Armstrong Troutman 18
14 JWLeedy.gif   John W. Leedy Populist January 11, 1897 January 9, 1899   Alexander Miller Harvey 19
15 WEStanley.jpg   William E. Stanley Republican January 9, 1899 January 12, 1903   Harry E. Richter 20
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16 WJBailey.gif   Willis J. Bailey Republican January 12, 1903 January 9, 1905   David John Hanna 22
17 EWHoch.gif   Edward W. Hoch Republican January 9, 1905 January 11, 1909   David John Hanna 23
  William James Fitzgerald 24
18 WRStubbs.gif   Walter R. Stubbs Republican January 11, 1909 January 13, 1913   William James Fitzgerald 25
  Richard Joseph Hopkins 26
19 Portrait of George H. Hodges.jpg   George H. Hodges Democratic January 13, 1913 January 11, 1915   Sheffield Ingalls 27
20 Arthur Capper.png   Arthur Capper Republican January 11, 1915 January 13, 1919   William Yoast Morgan 28
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21 Henry Justin Allen.jpg   Henry J. Allen Republican January 13, 1919 January 8, 1923   Charles Solomon Huffman 30
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22 JonathanMDavis.jpg   Jonathan M. Davis Democratic January 8, 1923 January 12, 1925   Ben Sanford Paulen 32
23 BenPaulen.jpg   Ben S. Paulen Republican January 12, 1925 January 14, 1929   De Lanson Alson Newton Chase 33
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24 ClydeMartinReed.jpg   Clyde M. Reed Republican January 14, 1929 January 12, 1931   Jacob W. Graybill 35
25 Harry Hines Woodring, 53rd United States Secretary of War.jpg   Harry H. Woodring Democratic January 12, 1931 January 9, 1933   Jacob W. Graybill 36
26 LandonPortr.jpg   Alfred M. Landon Republican January 9, 1933 January 11, 1937   Charles W. Thompson 37
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27 Blank.gif   Walter A. Huxman Democratic January 11, 1937 January 9, 1939   William M. Lindsay 39
28 PayneRatner.jpg   Payne Ratner Republican January 9, 1939 January 11, 1943   Carl E. Friend 40
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29 Andrew Frank Schoeppel.jpg   Andrew F. Schoeppel Republican January 11, 1943 January 13, 1947   Jess C. Denious 42
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30 Frankcarlson(r-ks).jpg   Frank Carlson Republican January 13, 1947 November 28, 1950   Frank L. Hagaman 44 [N 4]
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31 Blank.gif   Frank L. Hagaman Republican November 28, 1950 January 8, 1951 None [N 3]
32 Blank.gif   Edward F. Arn Republican January 8, 1951 January 10, 1955   Fred Hall 46
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33 Blank.gif   Fred Hall Republican January 10, 1955 January 3, 1957   John McCuish 48 [N 5]
34 Blank.gif   John McCuish Republican January 3, 1957 January 14, 1957 None [N 3]
35 Blank.gif   George Docking Democratic January 14, 1957 January 9, 1961   Joseph W. Henkle, Sr. 49
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36 Blank.gif   John Anderson Jr. Republican January 9, 1961 January 11, 1965   Harold H. Chase 51
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37 William Henry Avery.png   William H. Avery Republican January 11, 1965 January 9, 1967   John Crutcher 53
38 Blank.gif   Robert Docking Democratic January 9, 1967 January 13, 1975   John Crutcher 54
  James H. DeCoursey, Jr. 55
  Reynolds Shultz 56
  Dave Owen 57
39 Blank.gif   Robert F. Bennett Republican January 13, 1975 January 8, 1979   Shelby Smith 58
40 John Carlin.jpg   John W. Carlin Democratic January 8, 1979 January 12, 1987   Paul V. Dugan 59
  Thomas R. Docking 60
41 Blank.gif   Mike Hayden Republican January 12, 1987 January 14, 1991   Jack D. Walker 61
42 Blank.gif   Joan Finney Democratic January 14, 1991 January 9, 1995   Jim Francisco 62
43 Bill Graves.jpg   Bill Graves Republican January 9, 1995 January 13, 2003   Sheila Frahm 63
  Gary Sherrer
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44 Kathleen Sebelius official portrait.jpg   Kathleen Sebelius Democratic January 13, 2003 April 28, 2009   John E. Moore 65 [N 6]
  Mark Parkinson 66
45 Mark Parkinson.jpg   Mark Parkinson Democratic April 28, 2009 January 10, 2011   Troy Findley [N 3]
46 Sam Brownback official portrait.jpg   Sam Brownback Republican January 10, 2011 Incumbent   Jeff Colyer 67 [N 7]
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Other high offices held[edit]

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.

Governor Gubernatorial term U.S. Congress Other offices held
House Senate
Wilson Shannon 1855–1856 (territorial) U.S. Representative from Ohio, Governor of Ohio, Ambassador to Mexico
John W. Geary 1856–1857 (territorial) Governor of Pennsylvania
Robert J. Walker 1857 (territorial) U.S. Senator from Mississippi, U.S. Secretary of the Treasury
James W. Denver 1857–1858 (territorial) Secretary of State of California, U.S. Representative from California
Samuel Medary 1858–1860 (territorial) Governor of Minnesota Territory
Frederick Perry Stanton 1857 (acting territorial) U.S. Representative from Tennessee
James M. Harvey 1869–1873 S
Thomas A. Osborn 1873-1877 United States Minister to Chile, United States Minister to Brazil
Edmund Needham Morrill 1895–1897 H
Willis Joshua Bailey 1903–1905 H
Arthur Capper 1915–1919 S
Henry Justin Allen 1919–1923 S
Clyde M. Reed 1929–1931 S
Harry H. Woodring 1931–1933 U.S. Secretary of War
Walter A. Huxman 1937–1939 Tenth Circuit Court Judge
Andrew F. Schoeppel 1943–1947 S
Frank Carlson 1947–1950 H S*
William H. Avery 1965–1967 H
Kathleen Sebelius 2003–2009 Secretary of Health and Human Services*
Sam Brownback 2011–present H S

Living former U.S. governors of Kansas[edit]

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.[8] 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 (1940-08-03) August 3, 1940 (age 76)
Mike Hayden 1987–1991 (1944-03-16) March 16, 1944 (age 72)
Bill Graves 1995–2003 (1953-01-09) January 9, 1953 (age 63)
Kathleen Sebelius 2003–2009 (1948-05-15) May 15, 1948 (age 68)
Mark Parkinson 2009–2011 (1957-06-24) June 24, 1957 (age 59)

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Impeached but not convicted or removed.
  2. ^ Resigned to take command of the 19th Kansas Infantry.
  3. ^ a b c d As lieutenant governor, filled unexpired term.
  4. ^ Resigned to take an elected seat in the United States Senate.
  5. ^ Resigned with 11 days left in his term, and the first act of his successor was to appoint him to the Kansas Supreme Court.
  6. ^ Resigned to become United States Secretary of Health and Human Services.
  7. ^ Governor Brownback's second term expires on January 14, 2019; he is term limited.

References[edit]

General
Constitutions
Specific
  1. ^ a b KS Const. art. I, § 3.
  2. ^ KS Const. art. VIII, § 4.
  3. ^ KS Const. art. II, § 14.
  4. ^ KS Const. art. I, § 5.
  5. ^ KS Const. art. I, § 7.
  6. ^ a b KS Const. art. I, § 1.
  7. ^ KS Const. art. I, § 11.
  8. ^ http://www.kansas.com/news/politics-government/article2139682.html

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