Political party strength in Kansas

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The following table indicates the party of elected officials in the U.S. state of Kansas:

The table also indicates the historical party composition in the:

For years in which a presidential election was held, the table indicates which party's nominees received the state's electoral votes.

The parties are as follows:       Democratic (D),       Populist (P),       Republican (R), and       a tie or coalition within a group of elected officials.

Year Executive offices State Legislature United States Congress Electoral College votes
Governor Lieutenant Governor Secretary of State Attorney General Treasurer Insurance Comm. State Senate State House U.S. Senator (Class II) U.S. Senator (Class III) U.S. House
1861 Charles L. Robinson (R)[1] Joseph Pomeroy Root (R) John Winter Robinson (R)[2] Benjamin Franklin Simpson (R) Hartwin Rush Dutton (R) post created 1871 James H. Lane (R)[3] Samuel C. Pomeroy (R)
Charles Chadwick (R)
1862 Sanders R. Shepard (R)[4]
1863 Thomas Carney (R) Thomas Andrew Osborn (R) Warren Wirt Henry Lawrence (R) Warren William Guthrie (R) William Spriggs (R)
1865 Samuel J. Crawford (R)[5] James McGrew (R) Rinaldo Allen Barker (R) Jerome D. Brumbaugh (R)
1867 Nehemiah Green (R) George H. Hoyt (R) Martin Anderson (R) Edmund G. Ross (R)
Nehemiah Green (R)[6] vacant
1869 James M. Harvey (R) Charles Vernon Eskridge (R) Thomas Moonlight (R) Addison Danford (R) George Graham (R)
1871 Peter Percival Elder (R) William Hillary Smallwood (R) Archibald L. Williams (R) Josiah E Hayes (R) William C. Webb (R) Alexander Caldwell (R)
1873 Thomas A. Osborn (R) Elias Sleeper Stover (R) Edward Russell (R) Robert Crozier (R) John James Ingalls (R)
1874 Samuel Lappin (R) Harrison Clarkson (R) James M. Harvey (R)
1875 Melville J. Salter (R)[7] Thomas Horne Cavanaugh (R) Asa Maxson Fitz Randolph (R) John Francis (R) Orrin T. Welch (R)
1877 George T. Anthony (R) Willard Davis (R) Preston B. Plumb (R)[3]
Lyman U. Humphrey (R)[8]
1879 John P. St. John (R) James Smith (R)
1881 David Wesley Finney (R) William Agnew Johnston (R)
1883 George W. Glick (D) Samuel T. Howe (R) Richard B. Morris (D)
1884 George Price Smith (D)
1885 John A. Martin (R) Alexander Pancoast Riddle (R) Edwin Bird Allen (R) Simeon Briggs Bradford (R)
1887 James William Hamilton (R) Daniel W. Wilder (R)
1889 Lyman U. Humphrey (R) Andrew Jackson Felt (R) William Higgins (R) Lyman Beecher Kellogg (R)
1890 William Sims (R)
1891 John Nutt Ives (D) Solomon G. Stover (R) W. H. McBride (R) William A. Peffer (P)
1892 Bishop W. Perkins (R)
1893 Lorenzo D. Lewelling (P) Percy Daniels (P) Russell Scott Osborn (P) John Thomas Little (P) William H. Biddle (P) S. H. Snider (R) John Martin (D)
1895 Edmund N. Morrill (R) James Armstrong Troutman (R) William Corydon Edwards (R) Fernando Brenton Dawes (R) Otis L. Atherton (R) George T. Anthony (R) Lucien Baker (R)
1896 Alexander P. Riddle (R)
1897 John W. Leedy (P) Alexander Miller Harvey (P) William Eben Bush (P) Louis C. Boyle (P) David Heflebower (P) Webb McNall (P) William A. Harris (P)
1899 William E. Stanley (R) Harry E. Richter (R) George Alfred Clark (R) Aretas Allen Godard (R) Frank Grimes (R) Willard V. Church (R)
1901 Joseph R. Burton (R)
1903 Willis J. Bailey (R) David John Hanna (R) Joel Randall Burrow (R) Chiles Crittendon Coleman (R) Thomas Kelly (R) Charles H. Luling (R) Chester I. Long (R)
1905 Edward W. Hoch (R)
1906 Alfred W. Benson (R)
1907 William James Fitzgerald (R) Charles Eugene Denton (R) Fred Schuyler Jackson (R) Mark Tulley (R) Charles W. Barnes (R) Charles Curtis (R)
1909 Walter R. Stubbs (R) Joseph L. Bristow (R)
1911 Richard Joseph Hopkins (R) Charles Harrison Sessions (R) John Shaw Dawson (R) Isaac S. Lewis (R)
1913 George H. Hodges (D) Sheffield Ingalls (R) Earl Akers (R) William H. Thompson (D)
1915 Arthur Capper (R) William Yoast Morgan (R) John Thomas Botkin (R) Sardius Mason Brewster (R) Carey J. Wilson (R) Charles Curtis (R)
1917 Walter Payne (R)
1919 Henry Justin Allen (R) Charles Solomon Huffman (R) Lewis Julian Pettijohn (R) Richard Joseph Hopkins (R) Frank L. Travis (R) Arthur Capper (R)
1921 E.T. Thompson (R)
1922 David Owen McCray (R)
1923 Jonathan M. Davis (D) Ben Sanford Paulen (R) Frank Joseph Ryan (R) Charles Benjamin Griffith (R) William R. Baker (R)
1925 Benjamin S. Paulen (R) De Lanson Alson Newton Chase (R) Carl White (R)
1927 William A. Smith (R) William R. Baker (R)
1929 Clyde M. Reed (R) Jacob W. Graybill (R) Edgbert Albert Cornell (R) Tom Boyd (R) Charles F. Hobbs (R) Henry Justin Allen (R)
1930 Roland Boynton (R)
1931 Harry H. Woodring (D) Jacob W. Graybill (R) George McGill (D)
1933 Alfred M. Landon (R) Charles W. Thompson (R) Frank Joseph Ryan (R) Wm. Jardine (R)
1934 J. J. Rhodes (R)
1935 Clarence Victor Beck (R)
1937 Walter A. Huxman (D) William M. Lindsay (D)
1938 Jibo Hewitt (D)
1939 Payne Ratner (R) Carl E. Friend (R) Jay S. Parker (R) Walter Wilson (R) Clyde M. Reed[3] (R)
1943 Andrew F. Schoeppel (R) Jess C. Denious (R) Alexander Baldwin Mitchell (R)
1945 Elmer T. Beck (R)
1947 Frank Carlson (R)[9] Frank L. Hagaman (R) Edward F. Arn (R) Richard Fadely (R) Frank Sullivan (R)
1949 Larry Ryan (D) Harold Ralph Fatzer (R) Andrew F. Schoeppel (R) [3]
1950 Harry Darby (R)
Frank L. Hagaman (R)[6] vacant Paul R. Shanahan (R)
1951 Edward F. Arn (R) Fred Hall (R) Frank Carlson (R)
1953 5R, 1D
1955 Fred Hall (R)|[10] John McCuish (R) 6R
1956 John Anderson, Jr. (R)
1957 John McCuish (R)[6] vacant 5R, 1D
George Docking (D) Joseph W. Henkle, Sr. (D)
1959 George Hart (D) 3D, 3R
1961 John Anderson, Jr. (R) Harold H. Chase (R) William M. Ferguson (R) Walter Peery (R) 5R, 1D
1962 James B. Pearson (R)
1963 5R
1965 William H. Avery (R) John Crutcher (R) Robert C. Londerholm (R) 27R, 13D
1966 Elwill M. Shanahan (R)
1967 Robert Docking (D) 76R, 49D
1969 James H. DeCoursey, Jr. (D) Kent Frizzell (R) 32R, 8D 87R, 38D Bob Dole (R)
1971 Reynolds Shultz (R) Vern Miller (D) William Fletcher (R) 84R, 41D 4R, 1D
1973 Dave Owen (R) Tom Van Sickle (R) 27R, 13D 80R, 45D
1975 Robert Frederick Bennett (R) Shelby Smith (R) Curt T. Schneider (D) Joan Finney (D) 72R, 53D
1977 21R, 19D 65D, 60R 3R, 2D
1978 Jack Brier (R)
1979 John W. Carlin (D) Paul V. Dugan (D) Robert Stephan (R) 69R, 56D Nancy Kassebaum (R) 4R, 1D
1981 24R, 16D 72R, 53D
1983 Thomas R. Docking (D) 3R, 2D
1985 76R, 49D
1987 Mike Hayden (R) Jack D. Walker (R) Bill Graves (R) 74R, 51D
1989 22R, 18D 68R, 57D
1991 Joan Finney (D) James Francisco (D) Sally Thompson (D) Ronald L. Todd (R) 63D, 62R
1993 27R, 13D 66R, 59D 2D, 2R
1995 Bill Graves (R) Sheila Frahm (R)[11] Ron Thornburgh (R)[12] Carla Stovall (R) Kathleen Sebelius (D) 81R, 44D 4R
1996 Bob Dole and Jack Kemp (R)
Gary Sherrer (R)[13] Sheila Frahm (R)[11]
Sam Brownback (R)[14]
1997 76R, 49D Pat Roberts (R)
1999 Tim Shallenburger (R) 77R, 48D 3R, 1D
2000 George W. Bush and Dick Cheney (R)
2001 30R, 10D 79R, 46D
2003 Kathleen Sebelius (D)[15] John E. Moore (D) Phill Kline (R) Lynn Jenkins (R)[16] Sandy Praeger (R) 80R, 45D
2005 83R, 42D
2007 Mark Parkinson (D) Paul J. Morrison (D)[17] 78R, 47D 2R, 2D
2008 John McCain and Sarah Palin (R)
Stephen Six (D)[18]
2009 Dennis McKinney (D) [18] 31R, 9D 77R, 48D 3R, 1D
Mark Parkinson (D)[6] Troy Findley (D)[18] 76R, 49D [19]
2010 Chris Biggs (D)[18]
2011 Sam Brownback (R) Jeff Colyer (R) Kris Kobach (R) Derek Schmidt (R) Ron Estes (R) 32R, 8D 92R, 33D Jerry Moran (R) 4R
2012 Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan (R)
2014 93R, 32D[20]
2015 Ken Selzer (R) 98R, 27D
Year Governor Lieutenant Governor Secretary of State Attorney General Treasurer Insurance Comm. State Senate State House U.S. Senator (Class II) U.S. Senator (Class III) U.S. House Electoral College votes
Executive offices State Legislature United States Congress


  1. ^ Impeached but acquitted of charges and was not removed from office.
  2. ^ Elected in December 1859 in anticipation of statehood and sworn in after Kansas was admitted to the Union in February 1861. As a result of a bond scandal, was impeached on February 26, 1862, along with Governor Charles L. Robinson and state Auditor George S. Hillyer. Robinson was convicted by the state Senate on June 12, 1862 and removed from office, becoming the first state executive branch official to be impeached and removed from office in U.S. history.
  3. ^ a b c d Died in office.
  4. ^ Succeeded to office on July 28, 1862.
  5. ^ Resigned to take command of the 19th Kansas Infantry.
  6. ^ a b c d As lieutenant governor, filled unexpired term.
  7. ^ Resigned July 10, 1877.
  8. ^ Elected November 6, 1877, to fill vacancy.
  9. ^ Resigned to take an elected seat in the United States Senate.
  10. ^ Resigned with 11 days left in his term. The first act of his successor was to appoint him to the Kansas Supreme Court.
  11. ^ a b Resigned as Lieutenant Governor on June 11, 1996 and was appointed by Governor Bill Graves to fill a vacancy in the United States Senate.
  12. ^ Resigned.
  13. ^ The state's first appointed lieutenant governor, he was appointed on July 18, 1996 to fill a vacancy and was elected in his own right in November 1998.
  14. ^ Defeated Sheila Frahm in the primary, and took the seat early on November 7, 1996 after the special general election.
  15. ^ Resigned to take office as United States Secretary of Health and Human Services.
  16. ^ Elected in November 2008 to U.S. House representing Kansas's 2nd congressional district.
  17. ^ Resigned.
  18. ^ a b c d Appointed by Governor to fill vacancy.
  19. ^ On January 12, 2009, incumbent Republican Dale Swenson switched parties to Democratic.
  20. ^ On May 30, 2014, incumbent Democrat Jan Pauls switched parties to Republican.

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