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Lieutenant Governor of Kansas

The Lieutenant Governor of Kansas is the second-ranking member of the executive branch of Kansas state government. The lieutenant governor is elected on a ticket with the governor for a four-year term. The lieutenant governor succeeds to the office of governor if the office becomes vacant, and also serves as acting governor if the governor is incapacitated or absent from the state.

Lieutenant Governor of
the State of Kansas
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Lynn Rogers[1]

since January 14, 2019
Term lengthFour years, renewable once
FormationFebruary 9, 1861

Constitutional requirementsEdit

The Constitution of Kansas provides that the Lieutenant Governor must satisfy the same constitutional qualifications as the Governor – that is, none.

Powers and dutiesEdit

The Lieutenant Governor of Kansas, similar to the Vice President of the United States, the main function of the Lieutenant Governor lies in the executive branch as the immediate successor to the Governorship in the event of a vacancy. In case of impeachment of the Governor, or of his death, failure to qualify, resignation, the Governorship, with its compensation and responsibilities, shall devolve upon the Lieutenant Governor for the residue of the term. In the event of the Governor's absences from the State, or inability to discharge the powers and duties of the office, the Lieutenant Governor shall become the "Acting Governor" until the Governor returns to the state or the disability is removed. [2]

Office holdersEdit

Kansas Lieutenant GovernorsEdit

Lt. Governor Term Party
Joseph Pomeroy Root 1861–1863 Republican
Thomas A. Osborn 1863–1865
James McGrew 1865–1867
Nehemiah Green 1867–1868
Charles Vernon Eskridge 1869–1871
Peter Percival Elder 1871–1873
Elias S. Stover 1873–1875
Melville J. Salter 1875–1877
Lyman U. Humphrey 1877–1881
David Wesley Finney 1881–1885
Alexander P. Riddle 1885–1889
Andrew Jackson Felt 1889–1893
Percy Daniels 1893–1895 Populist
James Armstrong Troutman 1895–1897 Republican
Alexander Miller Harvey 1897–1899 Populist
Harry E. Richter 1899–1903 Republican
David John Hanna 1903–1907
William James Fitzgerald 1907–1911
Richard Joseph Hopkins 1911–1913
Sheffield Ingalls 1913–1915
William Yoast Morgan 1915–1919
Charles Solomon Huffman 1919–1923
Ben Sanford Paulen 1923–1925
De Lanson Alson Newton Chase 1925–1929
Jacob W. Graybill 1929–1933
Charles W. Thompson 1933–1937
William M. Lindsay 1937–1939 Democratic
Carl E. Friend 1939–1943 Republican
Jess C. Denious 1943–1947
Frank L. Hagaman 1947–1950
Fred Hall 1951–1955
John McCuish 1955–1957
Joseph W. Henkle Sr. 1957–1961 Democratic
Harold H. Chase 1961–1965 Republican
John Crutcher 1965–1969
James H. DeCoursey Jr. 1969–1971 Democratic
Reynolds Shultz 1971–1973 Republican
Dave Owen 1973–1975
Shelby Smith 1975–1979
Paul Dugan 1979–1983 Democratic
Thomas Docking 1983–1987
Jack D. Walker 1987–1991 Republican
Jim Francisco 1991–1995 Democratic
Sheila Frahm 1995–1996 Republican
Gary Sherrer 1996–2003
John E. Moore 2003–2007 Democratic
Mark Parkinson 2007–2009
Troy Findley 2009–2011
Jeff Colyer 2011–2018 Republican
Tracey Mann 2018–2019
Lynn Rogers 2019–present Democratic

Living former Lieutenant Governors of KansasEdit

As of January 2019, ten former lieutenant governors of Kansas are alive. The most recent lieutenant governor to die was Jim Francisco, who served from 1991 to 1995, on September 1, 2018.

Lt. Governor Lt. Gubernatorial term Date of birth (and age)
Dave Owen 1973–1975 (1938-08-10) August 10, 1938 (age 81)
Shelby Smith 1975–1979 (1927-08-08) August 8, 1927 (age 92)
Paul Dugan 1979–1983 (1939-01-01) January 1, 1939 (age 80)
Sheila Frahm 1995–1996 (1945-03-22) March 22, 1945 (age 74)
Gary Sherrer 1996–2003 (1940-09-03) September 3, 1940 (age 79)
John E. Moore 2003–2007 (1943-07-13) July 13, 1943 (age 76)
Mark Parkinson 2007–2009 (1957-06-24) June 24, 1957 (age 62)
Troy Findley 2009–2011 (1964-07-11) July 11, 1964 (age 55)
Jeff Colyer 2011–2018 (1960-06-03) June 3, 1960 (age 59)
Tracey Mann 2018–2019 1976/77


  1. ^ "Lt. Governor Lynn Rogers". Office of the Kansas Governor. Retrieved 27 October 2019.
  2. ^ Article I, Section 11 of the Constitution of Kansas (1859)

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