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Governor of Kansas
Standard of the Governor of Kansas.svg
Standard of the Governor
Seal of Kansas.svg
Laura Kelly official photo (cropped).jpg
Incumbent
Laura Kelly

since January 14, 2019
Residence Cedar Crest
Term length Four years, renewable once
Inaugural holder Charles L. Robinson
Formation February 9, 1861
Salary $99,636 (2017)
Website governor.kansas.gov

The Governor of the State of Kansas is the head of state for the State of Kansas. Under the Kansas Constitution, the Governor is also the head of government. The Governor is the Commander-in-Chief of the Kansas National Guard when not called into Federal use.

Kansas has had 47 governors since becoming a state.

The current governor is Laura Kelly. She started on January 14, 2019.

Since 1962, the governor lives in the governor's mansion.

List of Governors

Governors of Kansas Territory

Governors of the Territory of Kansas
No. Governor Term in office Appointed by
1 AReeder.jpg Andrew Horatio Reeder 01854-07-07July 7, 1854

August 16, 1855
Franklin Pierce
2 WShannon.jpg Wilson Shannon 01855-09-05September 5, 1855

August 18, 1856
3 Gearysfmayor.jpeg John W. Geary 01856-09-09September 9, 1856

March 20, 1857
4 Hon. Robert J. Walker, Miss - NARA - 528738.jpg Robert J. Walker 01857-05-27May 27, 1857

December 15, 1857
James Buchanan
5 James W Denver by Whitehurst Studio c1856.jpg James W. Denver 01857-12-01December 1857

November 1858
6 SamuelMedary.jpg Samuel Medary 01858-12-01December 1858

December 1860

Governors of Kansas

Governors of the State of Kansas
No. Governor Term in office Party Election Lt. Governor
1 CRobinson.jpg   Charles L. Robinson 01861-02-09February 9, 1861

January 12, 1863
(not candidate for election)
Republican 1860   Joseph Pomeroy Root
2 TCarney.jpg Thomas Carney 01863-01-12January 12, 1863

January 9, 1865
(not candidate for election)
Republican 1862 Thomas A. Osborn
3 Samuel J. Crawford.jpg Samuel J. Crawford 01865-01-09January 9, 1865

November 4, 1868
(resigned)
Republican 1864 James McGrew
1866 Nehemiah Green
4 NehemiahGreen.gif Nehemiah Green 01868-11-04November 4, 1868

January 11, 1869
(successor took office)
Republican Succeeded from
Lieutenant
Governor
Vacant
5 James M. Harvey.gif James M. Harvey 01869-01-11January 11, 1869

January 13, 1873
(not candidate for election)
Republican 1868 Charles Vernon Eskridge
1870 Peter Percival Elder
6 ThosAOsborn.gif Thomas A. Osborn 01873-01-13January 13, 1873

January 8, 1877
(not candidate for election)
Republican 1872 Elias S. Stover
1874 Melville J. Salter
7 GeoTAnthony.gif George T. Anthony 01877-01-08January 8, 1877

January 13, 1879
(not candidate for election)
Republican 1876
Lyman U. Humphrey
8 John St John 1880.jpg John St. John 01879-01-13January 13, 1879

January 8, 1883
(lost election)
Republican 1878
1880 David Wesley Finney
9 GWGlick.jpg George Washington Glick 01883-01-08January 8, 1883

January 12, 1885
(lost election)
Democratic 1882
10 John alexander martin.jpeg John Martin 01885-01-12January 12, 1885

January 14, 1889
(not candidate for election)
Republican 1884 Alexander P. Riddle
1886
11 LUHumphrey.jpg Lyman U. Humphrey 01889-01-14January 14, 1889

January 8, 1893
(not candidate for election)
Republican 1888 Andrew Jackson Felt
1890
12 LDLewelling.jpg Lorenzo D. Lewelling 01893-01-08January 8, 1893

January 14, 1895
(lost election)
Populist 1892 Percy Daniels
13 ENMorrill.jpg Edmund Needham Morrill 01895-01-14January 14, 1895

January 11, 1897
(lost election)
Republican 1894 James Armstrong Troutman
14 JWLeedy.gif John W. Leedy 01897-01-11January 11, 1897

January 9, 1899
(lost election)
Populist 1896 Alexander Miller Harvey
15 WEStanley.jpg William Eugene Stanley 01899-01-09January 9, 1899

January 12, 1903
(not candidate for election)
Republican 1898 Harry E. Richter
1900
16 WJBailey.gif Willis J. Bailey 01903-01-12January 12, 1903

January 9, 1905
(not candidate for election)
Republican 1902 David John Hanna
17 EWHoch.gif Edward W. Hoch 01905-01-09January 9, 1905

January 11, 1909
(not candidate for election)
Republican 1904
1906 William James Fitzgerald
18 WRStubbs.gif Walter R. Stubbs 01909-01-11January 11, 1909

January 13, 1913
(not candidate for election)
Republican 1908
1910 Richard Joseph Hopkins
19 Portrait of George H. Hodges.jpg George H. Hodges 01913-01-13January 13, 1913

January 11, 1915
(lost election)
Democratic 1912 Sheffield Ingalls
20 Arthur Capper.png Arthur Capper 01915-01-11January 11, 1915

January 13, 1919
(not candidate for election)
Republican 1914 William Yoast Morgan
1916
21 Henry Justin Allen.jpg Henry Justin Allen 01919-01-13January 13, 1919

January 8, 1923
(not candidate for election)
Republican 1918 Charles Solomon Huffman
1920
22 JonathanMDavis.jpg Jonathan M. Davis 01923-01-08January 8, 1923

January 12, 1925
(lost election)
Democratic 1922 Benjamin S. Paulen
23 BenPaulen.jpg Benjamin S. Paulen 01925-01-12January 12, 1925

January 14, 1929
(not candidate for election)
Republican 1924 De Lanson Alson Newton Chase
1926
24 ClydeMartinReed.jpg Clyde M. Reed 01929-01-14January 14, 1929

January 12, 1931
(not candidate for election)
Republican 1928 Jacob W. Graybill
25 Harry Hines Woodring, 53rd United States Secretary of War.jpg Harry Hines Woodring 01931-01-12January 12, 1931

January 9, 1933
(lost election)
Democratic 1930
26 LandonPortr.jpg Alf Landon 01933-01-09January 9, 1933

January 11, 1937
(not candidate for election)
Republican 1932 Charles W. Thompson
1934
27 Walter Augustus Huxman.jpg Walter A. Huxman 01937-01-11January 11, 1937

January 9, 1939
(lost election)
Democratic 1936 William M. Lindsay
28 PayneRatner.jpg Payne Ratner 01939-01-09January 9, 1939

January 11, 1943
(not candidate for election)
Republican 1938 Carl E. Friend
1940
29 Andrew Frank Schoeppel.jpg Andrew Frank Schoeppel 01943-01-11January 11, 1943

January 13, 1947
(not candidate for election)
Republican 1942 Jess C. Denious
1944
30 Frankcarlson(r-ks).jpg Frank Carlson 01947-01-13January 13, 1947

November 28, 1950
(resigned)
Republican 1946 Frank L. Hagaman
1948
31 Frank L. Hagaman 01950-11-28November 28, 1950

January 8, 1951
(successor took office)
Republican Succeeded from
Lieutenant
Governor
Vacant
32 Edward F. Arn 01951-01-08January 8, 1951

January 10, 1955
(not candidate for election)
Republican 1950 Fred Hall
1952
33 Fred Hall 01955-01-10January 10, 1955

January 3, 1957
(resigned)
Republican 1954 John McCuish
34 John McCuish 01957-01-03January 3, 1957

January 14, 1957
(successor took office)
Republican Succeeded from
Lieutenant
Governor
Vacant
35 George Docking 01957-01-14January 14, 1957

January 9, 1961
(lost election)
Democratic 1956 Joseph W. Henkle Sr.
1958
36 John Anderson Jr. 01961-01-09January 9, 1961

January 11, 1965
(not candidate for election)
Republican 1960 Harold H. Chase
1962
37 William Henry Avery.png William H. Avery 01965-01-11January 11, 1965

January 9, 1967
(lost election)
Republican 1964 John Crutcher
38 Robert Docking 01967-01-09January 9, 1967

January 13, 1975
(term limited)
Democratic 1966
1968 James H. DeCoursey Jr.
1970 Reynolds Shultz
1972 Dave Owen
39 Robert Frederick Bennett 01975-01-13January 13, 1975

January 8, 1979
(lost election)
Republican 1974 Shelby Smith
40 John Carlin.jpg John W. Carlin 01979-01-08January 8, 1979

January 12, 1987
(term limited)
Democratic 1978 Paul Dugan
1982 Thomas Docking
41 Mike Hayden.jpg Mike Hayden 01987-01-12January 12, 1987

January 14, 1991
(lost election)
Republican 1986 Jack D. Walker
42 Joan Finney 01991-01-14January 14, 1991

January 9, 1995
(not candidate for election)
Democratic 1990 Jim Francisco
43 Bill Graves.jpg Bill Graves 01995-01-09January 9, 1995

January 13, 2003
(term limited)
Republican 1994 Sheila Frahm
(resigned June 11, 1996)
Vacant
Gary Sherrer
(appointed July 18, 1996)
1998
44 Sebeliusofficialphoto.jpg Kathleen Sebelius 02003-01-13January 13, 2003

April 28, 2009
(resigned)
Democratic 2002 John E. Moore
2006 Mark Parkinson
45 Mark Parkinson (cropped).jpg Mark Parkinson 02009-04-28April 28, 2009

January 10, 2011
(not candidate for election)
Democratic Succeeded from
Lieutenant
Governor
Vacant
Troy Findley
(appointed May 15, 2009)
46 Sam Brownback headshot.jpg Sam Brownback 02011-01-10January 10, 2011

January 31, 2018
(resigned)
Republican 2010 Jeff Colyer
2014
47 Jeff Colyer official portrait (cropped).jpg Jeff Colyer 02018-01-31January 31, 2018

January 14, 2019
(not candidate for election)
Republican Succeeded from
Lieutenant
Governor
Tracey Mann
(appointed February 14, 2018)
48 Laura Kelly official photo (cropped).jpg Laura Kelly 02019-01-14January 14, 2019

present
Democratic 2018 Lynn Rogers

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