Political party strength in Kentucky

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

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:       American (A),       Democratic (D),       Democratic-Republican (DR),       Independent (I),       National Republican (NR),       Republican (R), and       Whig (W).

Year Executive offices General Assembly United States Congress Electoral College votes
Governor Lt. Governor Sec. of State Attorney General Treasurer Auditor Ag. Comm. State Senate State House U.S. Senator (Class II) U.S. Senator (Class III) U.S. House
1792 Isaac Shelby (DR) no such office William McDowell[1]
1793
1794
1795
1796
1797 James Garrard (DR) George Madison (DR)[2]
1798
1799
1800
1801 Alexander Scott Bullitt (DR)
1802
1803
1804
1805 Christopher Greenup (DR) John Caldwell (DR)[3]
vacant
1806 Thomas Posey (DR)
1807
1808
1809 Charles Scott (DR) Gabriel Slaughter (DR)
1810
1811
1812
1813 Isaac Shelby (DR) Richard Hickman (DR)
1814
1815
1816
George Madison (DR)[4] Gabriel Slaughter (DR)
Gabriel Slaughter (DR)[5] vacant John Madison
1817
1818
1819
1820 Peter Clay
1821 John Adair (DR) William T. Barry (DR) Ben Shelby
1822
1823
1824
1825 Joseph Desha (DR) Robert B. McAfee (DR)
1826
1827
1828
1829 Thomas Metcalfe (NR) John Breathitt (NR)
1830
1831
1832
1833 John Breathitt (D)[4] James Turner Morehead (D)
1834
James Turner Morehead (NR)[5] vacant Thomas Scudder Page
1835
1836
1837 James Clark (W)[4] Charles A. Wickliffe (W)
1838
1839
Charles A. Wickliffe (W)[5] vacant
1840
1841 Robert P. Letcher (W) Manlius Valerius Thomson (W)
1842
1843
1844
1845 William Owsley (W) Archibald Dixon (W)
1846
1847 H. Q. Bradley
1848
1849 John J. Crittenden (W)[6] John L. Helm (W) John B. Temple
1850
John L. Helm (W)[5] vacant James A. Barbour
1851
1852 Lazarus W. Powell (D) John Burton Thompson (D) Thomas Scudder Page (W)
1853
1854
1855
1856 Charles S. Morehead (A) James Greene Hardy (A) Thomas Scudder Page (A)
1857
1858
1859
1860 Beriah Magoffin (D)[7] Linn Boyd (D)[4] Grant Green (D)
1861 vacant
1862
James F. Robinson (D)[8]
1863
1864 Thomas E. Bramlette (D) Richard Taylor Jacob (D) A. T. Samuels (D)
1865
1866
1867
John L. Helm (D)[4] John W. Stevenson (D) D. Howard Smith (D)
1868 John W. Stevenson (D)[9][10] vacant
1869
1870
1871
Preston H. Leslie (D)[11] John G. Carlisle (D)
1872
1873
1874
1875
1876 James B. McCreary (D) John C. Underwood (D)
1877
1878
1879
1880 Luke P. Blackburn (D) James E. Cantrill (D) Fayette Hewitt (D)[12]
1881
1882
1883
1884 J. Proctor Knott (D) James R. Hindman (D)
1885
1886
1887
1888 Simon Bolivar Buckner, Sr. (D) James William Bryan (D)
1889
1890 L. C. Norman
1891
1892 John Y. Brown (D) Mitchell Cary Alford (D)
1893
1894
1895
1896 William O. Bradley (R) William Jackson Worthington (R) Sam H. Stone (R)
1897
1898
1899
1900 William S. Taylor (R)[13] John Marshall (R) Samuel Hager (D) John S. Sweeny
William Goebel (D)[13] J. C. W. Beckham (D) Gus G. Coulter
J. C. W. Beckham (D)[14] vacant
1901
1902
1903
1904 William P. Thorne (D) Samuel Hager (D)
1905
1906
1907
1908 Augustus E. Willson (R) William Hopkinson Cox (R) Frank P. Jones
1909
1910
1911
1912 James B. McCreary (D) Edward J. McDermott (D) Henry Bosworth Woodrow Wilson and Thomas R. Marshall
1913
1914
1915
1916 Augustus O. Stanley (D)[10] James D. Black (D) Marvel M. Logan (D) Robert L. Greene (D)
1917
1918
1919
James D. Black (D)[5] vacant Thomas Martin Jones[15]
1920 Edwin P. Morrow (R) S. Thruston Ballard (R) Charles I. Dawson (R) John J. Craig[16] James M. Cox and Franklin D. Roosevelt
1921
1922
1923
1924 William J. Fields (D) Henry Denhardt (D) Calvin Coolidge and Charles G. Dawes
1925
1926
1927
1928 Flem D. Sampson (R) James Breathitt, Jr. (D) Herbert Hoover and Charles Curtis (R)
1929
1930
1931
1932 Ruby Laffoon (D) Happy Chandler (D) Franklin D. Roosevelt and John Nance Garner
1933
1934
1935
1936 Happy Chandler (D)[17] Keen Johnson (D)
1937
1938
1939
Keen Johnson (D)[9] Rodes K. Myers (D)
1940 Franklin D. Roosevelt and Henry A. Wallace (D)
1941
1942
1943
1944 Simeon S. Willis (R) Kenneth H. Tuggle (R) Eldon S. Dummit (R) Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman (D)
1945
1946
1947
1948 Earle C. Clements (D) Lawrence W. Wetherby (D)[10] Harry S. Truman and Alben W. Barkley (D)
1949
1950
1951 Lawrence W. Wetherby (D)[9] vacant
1952 Emerson Beauchamp (D) Charles K. O'Connell (D) Adlai Stevenson and John Sparkman (D)
1953
1954
1955
1956 Happy Chandler (D) Harry Lee Waterfield (D) Thelma Stovall (D) Henry H. Carter (D) Dwight D. Eisenhower and Richard M. Nixon (R)
1957
1958
1959
1960 Bert T. Combs (D) Wilson Wyatt (D) Henry H. Carter (D) John Bayne Breckinridge (D) Thelma Stovall (D) Richard M. Nixon and Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. (R)
1961
1962
1963
1964 Edward T. Breathitt (D) Harry Lee Waterfield (D) Thelma Stovall (D) Emerson Beauchamp (D) Lyndon B. Johnson and Hubert H. Humphrey (D)
1965
1966
1967
1968 Louie B. Nunn (R) Wendell H. Ford (D) Elmer Begley (R)[4] John Bayne Breckinridge (D) Thelma Stovall (D) Richard M. Nixon and Spiro Agnew (R)
1969
1970
1971 Ken Harper (R)[18]
1972 Wendell H. Ford (D)[10] Julian Carroll (D) Thelma Stovall (D) Drexell R. Davis (D)
1973 Walter D. Huddleston(D) 5D, 2R
1974 Wendell H. Ford (D)
1975 Julian Carroll (D)[9] vacant
1976 Thelma Stovall (D) Drexell R. Davis (D) Robert F. Stephens (D) Frances Jones Mills (D) George L. Atkins (D) Thomas O. Harris (D) 31D, 7R Jimmy Carter and Walter Mondale (D)
1977
1978 31D, 7R
1979 4D, 3R
1980 John Y. Brown, Jr. (D) Martha Layne Collins (D) Frances Jones Mills (D) Steve Beshear (D) Drexell R. Davis (D) James B. Graham (D) Alben W. Barkley II (D) 30D, 8R Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush (R)
1981
1982 29D, 9R
1983
1984 Martha Layne Collins (D) Steve Beshear (D) Drexell R. Davis (D) David L. Armstrong (D) Frances Jones Mills (D) Mary Ann Tobin (D) David Boswell (D)
1985 74D, 26R[19] Mitch McConnell (R)
1986
1987
1988 Wallace G. Wilkinson (D) Brereton Jones (D) Bremer Ehrler (D) Fred Cowan (D) Robert Mead (D) Bob Babbage (D) Ward "Butch" Burnette (D)[20] George H. W. Bush and Dan Quayle (R)
1989
1990
1991
1992 Brereton Jones (D) Paul E. Patton (D) Bob Babbage (D) Chris Gorman (D) Frances Jones Mills (D) Ben Chandler (D) Ed Logsdon (D) Bill Clinton and Al Gore (D)
1993 24D, 14R[21] 71D, 29R 4D, 2R
1994 3D, 3R
1995 4R, 2D
1996 Paul E. Patton (D) Steve Henry (D) John Y. Brown, III (D) Ben Chandler (D) John Kennedy Hamilton (D) Ed Hatchett (D) Billy Ray Smith (D)
1997 21 Coal., 17D[22] 5R, 1D
1998
1999 Jim Bunning (R)
2000 Jonathan Miller (D) George W. Bush and Dick Cheney (R)
2001
2002
2003
2004 Ernie Fletcher (R) Steve Pence (R) Trey Grayson (R) Greg Stumbo (D) Crit Luallen (D) Richie Farmer (R) 57D, 43R 4R, 2D
2005 5R, 1D
2006 61D, 39R
2007 4R, 2D
2008 Steve Beshear (D) Daniel Mongiardo (D) Jack Conway (D) Todd Hollenbach (D) 22R, 15D, 1I 63D, 37R John McCain and Sarah Palin (R)
2009 65D, 35R
2010 20R, 17D, 1I
2011 Elaine Walker (D) 59D, 41R[23] Rand Paul (R)
2012 Jerry Abramson (D) Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) Adam Edelen (D) James Comer (R) 22R, 15D, 1I Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan (R)
2013 55D, 45R 5R, 1D
2014
Year Governor Lt. Governor Sec. of State Attorney General Treasurer Auditor Ag. Comm. State Senate State House U.S. Senator (Class II) U.S. Senator (Class III) U.S. House Electoral College votes
Executive offices General Assembly United States Congress

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The position of auditor of public accounts was established by the state legislature on June 22, 1792 but did not become an elected office until the adoption of the state's third constitution on June 11, 1850 but was appointed by the governor until that time.
  2. ^ Resigned in order to run for governor.
  3. ^ Died from "inflammation of the brain" while presiding over the state Senate during his first year as lieutenant governor.
  4. ^ a b c d e f Died in office.
  5. ^ a b c d e As lieutenant governor, filled unexpired term.
  6. ^ Resigned to take office as Attorney General of the United States.
  7. ^ Resigned due to his disagreement with the state legislature over the American Civil War; he espoused neutrality.
  8. ^ As president of the senate, filled unexpired term – at the time the previous governor resigned, as there was no lieutenant governor.
  9. ^ a b c d As lieutenant governor, filled unexpired term, and was later elected in his own right.
  10. ^ a b c d Resigned to take an elected seat in the United States Senate.
  11. ^ As president of the state Senate, filled unexpired term because at the time the previous governor resigned, there was no lieutenant governor; was later elected in his own right.
  12. ^ Resigned to accept the presidency of the State National Bank of Frankfort.
  13. ^ a b Taylor was sworn in and assumed office, but the state legislature challenged the validity of his election, claiming ballot fraud. William Goebel, his challenger in the election, was shot on January 30, 1900. The next day, the legislature named Goebel governor. However, Goebel died from his wounds three days later. Taylor fled the state and never returned and was pardoned by Governor Augustus Willson in 1909.
  14. ^ As lieutenant governor, filled unexpired term until elected to fill it in a special election.
  15. ^ As assistant state auditor, was appointed to fill vacancy.
  16. ^ Appointed by governor.
  17. ^ Resigned to take an appointed seat in the United States Senate.
  18. ^ Appointed to fill vacancy.
  19. ^ Pursuant to Constitutional Amendment #2, passed in 1979, election dates for the Kentucky General Assembly were moved to even-numbered years. Only elections for the Kentucky House of Representatives were held in 1984 (having last been held in 1981), and Senators elected in the 1981 and 1983 elections served five-year terms in order to bring the dates of election into symmetry again.
  20. ^ Resigned shortly before impeachment trial in the Kentucky Senate following criminal conviction for theft.
  21. ^ Harlan Daily Enterprise, "Incumbents on ballot fare well in legislative primaries across state," May 25, 1994
  22. ^ Rose Predicts New Coalition Will Collapse
  23. ^ State Rep. Wade Hurt (R-Louisville) announced his becoming a Democrat on April 22, 2011.

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