Governor Of Kansas
Governor of
the State of Kansas
Standard of the Governor of Kansas.svg
Sam Brownback, CPAC 2015 headshot.jpg
Incumbent
Sam Brownback

since January 10, 2011
Residence Cedar Crest
Term length Four years, renewable once
Formation February 9, 1861
Salary $99,636 (2013)[1]
Website www.governor.ks.gov/

The Governor of the State of Kansas is the head of state for the State of Kansas, United States. Under the Kansas Constitution, the Governor is also the head of government, serving as the chief executive of the Kansas executive branch, of the government of Kansas. The Governor is the Commander-in-Chief of the Kansas National Guard when not called into Federal use. Despite being an executive branch official, the Governor also possesses legislative and judicial powers. The Governor's responsibilities include making yearly "State of the State" addresses to the Kansas Legislature, submitting the budget, ensuring that state laws are enforced, and that the peace is preserved.

History

The office was created in 1861 when Kansas was officially admitted to the United States as the 34th state. Prior to statehood in 1861, the office was preceded by a Presidential appointed Governor of Kansas Territory with similar powers.

The 46th and current Governor of Kansas is Sam Brownback. His term began on January 11, 2011. He succeeded Mark Parkinson, who began his term on April 28, 2009, when Kathleen Sebelius resigned upon the US Senate vote confirming her as Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Governors

Govenors of the Territory of Kansas

For the period before Alabama Territory was formed, see the list of Governors of Missouri Territory.

Kansas Territory was formed on May 30, 1854, from unorganized territory that had previously been, until August 10, 1821, Missouri Territory. In its seven years, it had six governors appointed by the President of the United States.

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

Governors of the State of Kansas

The eastern bulk of Kansas Territory was admitted to the Union as Kansas on January 29, 1861; the remainder become unorganized territory which would shortly be assigned to Colorado Territory. The Kansas Constitution provided that a governor and lieutenant governor be elected every two years.[2] An amendment in 1972 increased terms to four years,[3], and provided that the governor and lieutenant governor are elected on the same ticket. In the original constitution, should the office of governor be vacant, the powers would devolve upon the lieutenant governor, who nonetheless would remain in that office;[4] an amendment in 1972 changed that so that, in such an event, the lieutenant governor becomes governor, and relies on the legislature to provide for succession after that.[5]

# Governor Party Term in office Lt. Governor Election
1 CRobinson.jpg   Charles L. Robinson Republican February 9, 1861
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January 12, 1863
  Joseph Pomeroy Root 1860
2 TCarney.jpg Thomas Carney Republican January 12, 1863
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January 9, 1865
Thomas Andrew Osborn 1862
3 Samuel J. Crawford.jpg Samuel J. Crawford Republican January 9, 1865
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November 4, 1868
James McGrew 1864
Nehemiah Green 1866
[a][b]
4 NehemiahGreen.gif Nehemiah Green Republican November 4, 1868
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January 11, 1869
None
5 James M. Harvey.gif James M. Harvey Republican January 11, 1869
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January 13, 1873
Charles Vernon Eskridge 1868
Peter Percival Elder 1870
6 ThosAOsborn.gif Thomas A. Osborn Republican January 13, 1873
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January 8, 1877
Elias Sleeper Stover 1872
Melville J. Salter 1874
7 GeoTAnthony.gif George T. Anthony Republican January 8, 1877
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January 13, 1879
Melville J. Salter 1876
Lyman U. Humphrey
8 John St John 1880.jpg John P. St. John Republican January 13, 1879
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January 8, 1883
Lyman U. Humphrey 1878
David Wesley Finney 1880
9 GWGlick.jpg George W. Glick Democratic January 8, 1883
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January 12, 1885
David Wesley Finney 1882
10 John alexander martin.jpeg John A. Martin Republican January 12, 1885
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January 14, 1889
Alexander Pancoast Riddle 1884
1886
11 LUHumphrey.jpg Lyman U. Humphrey Republican January 14, 1889
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January 8, 1893
Andrew Jackson Felt 1888
1890
12 LDLewelling.jpg Lorenzo D. Lewelling Populist January 8, 1893
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January 14, 1895
Percy Daniels 1892
13 ENMorrill.jpg Edmund N. Morrill Republican January 14, 1895
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January 11, 1897
James Armstrong Troutman 1894
14 JWLeedy.gif John W. Leedy Populist January 11, 1897
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January 9, 1899
Alexander Miller Harvey 1896
15 WEStanley.jpg William E. Stanley Republican January 9, 1899
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January 12, 1903
Harry E. Richter 1898
1900
16 WJBailey.gif Willis J. Bailey Republican January 12, 1903
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January 9, 1905
David John Hanna 1902
17 EWHoch.gif Edward W. Hoch Republican January 9, 1905
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January 11, 1909
David John Hanna 1904
William James Fitzgerald 1906
18 WRStubbs.gif Walter R. Stubbs Republican January 11, 1909
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January 13, 1913
William James Fitzgerald 1908
Richard Joseph Hopkins 1910
19 Portrait of George H. Hodges.jpg George H. Hodges Democratic January 13, 1913
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January 11, 1915
Sheffield Ingalls 1912
20 Arthur Capper.png Arthur Capper Republican January 11, 1915
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January 13, 1919
William Yoast Morgan 1914
1916
21 Henry Justin Allen.jpg Henry J. Allen Republican January 13, 1919
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January 8, 1923
Charles Solomon Huffman 1918
1920
22 JonathanMDavis.jpg Jonathan M. Davis Democratic January 8, 1923
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January 12, 1925
Ben Sanford Paulen 1922
23 BenPaulen.jpg Ben S. Paulen Republican January 12, 1925
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January 14, 1929
De Lanson Alson Newton Chase 1924
1926
24 ClydeMartinReed.jpg Clyde M. Reed Republican January 14, 1929
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January 12, 1931
Jacob W. Graybill 1928
25 Harry Hines Woodring, 53rd United States Secretary of War.jpg Harry H. Woodring Democratic January 12, 1931
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January 9, 1933
Jacob W. Graybill 1930
26 LandonPortr.jpg Alfred M. Landon Republican January 9, 1933
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January 11, 1937
Charles W. Thompson 1932
1934
27 Blank.gif Walter A. Huxman Democratic January 11, 1937
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January 9, 1939
William M. Lindsay 1936
28 PayneRatner.jpg Payne Ratner Republican January 9, 1939
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January 11, 1943
Carl E. Friend 1938
1940
29 Andrew Frank Schoeppel.jpg Andrew F. Schoeppel Republican January 11, 1943
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January 13, 1947
Jess C. Denious 1942
1944
30 Frankcarlson(r-ks).jpg Frank Carlson Republican January 13, 1947
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November 28, 1950
Frank L. Hagaman 1946
1948
[c][b]
31 Blank.gif Frank L. Hagaman Republican November 28, 1950
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January 8, 1951
None
32 Blank.gif Edward F. Arn Republican January 8, 1951
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January 10, 1955
Fred Hall 1950
1952
33 Blank.gif Fred Hall Republican January 10, 1955
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January 3, 1957
John McCuish 1954
[d][b]
34 Blank.gif John McCuish Republican January 3, 1957
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January 14, 1957
None
35 Blank.gif George Docking Democratic January 14, 1957
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January 9, 1961
Joseph W. Henkle, Sr. 1956
1958
36 Blank.gif John Anderson Jr. Republican January 9, 1961
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January 11, 1965
Harold H. Chase 1960
1962
37 William Henry Avery.png William H. Avery Republican January 11, 1965
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January 9, 1967
John Crutcher 1964
38 Blank.gif Robert Docking Democratic January 9, 1967
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January 13, 1975
John Crutcher 1966
James H. DeCoursey, Jr. 1968
Reynolds Shultz 1970
Dave Owen 1972
39 Blank.gif Robert F. Bennett Republican January 13, 1975
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January 8, 1979
Shelby Smith 1974
40 John Carlin.jpg John W. Carlin Democratic January 8, 1979
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January 12, 1987
Paul V. Dugan 1978
Thomas R. Docking 1982
41 Blank.gif Mike Hayden Republican January 12, 1987
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January 14, 1991
Jack D. Walker 1986
42 Blank.gif Joan Finney Democratic January 14, 1991
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January 9, 1995
Jim Francisco 1990
43 Bill Graves.jpg Bill Graves Republican January 9, 1995
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January 13, 2003
Sheila Frahm 1994
Gary Sherrer
1998
44 Kathleen Sebelius official portrait.jpg Kathleen Sebelius Democratic January 13, 2003
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April 28, 2009
John E. Moore 2002
[e][b]
Mark Parkinson 2006
45 Mark Parkinson.jpg Mark Parkinson Democratic April 28, 2009
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January 10, 2011
Troy Findley
46 Sam Brownback, CPAC 2015 headshot.jpg Sam Brownback Republican January 10, 2011
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Present
Jeff Colyer 2010
2014
[f]

Notes

  1. ^ Resigned to take command of the 19th Kansas Infantry.
  2. ^ a b c d As lieutenant governor, filled unexpired term.
  3. ^ Resigned to take an elected seat in the United States Senate.
  4. ^ Resigned with 11 days left in his term, and the first act of his successor was to appoint him to the Kansas Supreme Court.
  5. ^ Resigned to become United States Secretary of Health and Human Services.
  6. ^ Governor Brownback's second term expires on January 14, 2019; he is term limited.

Other high offices held

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

As of January 2017, 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.[6] 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 77)
Mike Hayden 1987-1991 (1944-03-16) March 16, 1944 (age 73)
Bill Graves 1995-2003 (1953-01-09) January 9, 1953 (age 64)
Kathleen Sebelius 2003-2009 (1948-05-15) May 15, 1948 (age 69)
Mark Parkinson 2009-2011 (1957-06-24) June 24, 1957 (age 60)

Gubernatorial term of office and lack of requirements for running

Flag of the Governor prior to 1961. It is unclear when the Governor's flag was first created

There is no lifetime limit on the number of times he or she may be elected, but a governor who has been elected to two consecutive terms must be out of office for at least one election cycle before being eligible once again for re-election. Elections occur at the same time as the Congressional midterm elections, and each term begins on the second Monday of January following the election. The lieutenant governor is subject to the same limitations and runs on a combined ticket with the governor.[7] Furthermore, there is neither an age requirement nor a residency requirement to run for the office; as of 2017 three Kansan teenagers were doing so.[8]

If the governor becomes incapacitated, the lieutenant governor assumes the duties of the governor. However, if both offices become vacant, the line of succession is determined by the legislature. Under present law, the President of the Senate would be next in line to assume the governorship, followed by the Speaker of the House.

Residence

Since 1962, the Governor of Kansas has resided in the governor's mansion, known as Cedar Crest. It was designed by the architect firm Wight and Wight. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.

References

  1. ^ "CSG Releases 2013 Governor Salaries". The Council of State Governments. June 25, 2013. Retrieved 2014. 
  2. ^ 1861 Const. art. I, § 1
  3. ^ KS Const. art. 1, § 1
  4. ^ 1861 Const. art I, § 11
  5. ^ KS Const. art I, § 11
  6. ^ http://www.kansas.com/news/politics-government/article2139682.html
  7. ^ Constitution of the State of Kansas
  8. ^ Woodall, Hunter (2017-09-28). "As third teen joins Kansas governor race, consider this: No rule says a dog can't run". The Kansas City Star. Retrieved . 

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