Lieutenant Governor of Kansas

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Lieutenant Governor of
the State of Kansas
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Jeff Colyer

since January 10, 2011
Term length Four years, renewable once
Formation February 9, 1861

The Lieutenant Governor of Kansas is the lieutenant governor of the U.S. state of Kansas. The lieutenant governor is elected on a ticket with the governor for a four-year term. He or she is the second-ranking member of the executive branch of Kansas state government.

The lieutenant governor succeeds to the officer of governor if the office becomes vacant, and also serve as acting governor if the governor is incapacitated or absent from the state.

Constitutional requirements

The Constitution of Kansas provides that the Lieutenant Governor must satisfy the same constitutional qualifications as the Governor. The Lieutenant Governor must be a citizen of the State of Kansas, at least 31 years of age and a resident of the United States for ten years.

Powers and Duties

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.

Office Holders

Kansas Lieutenant Governors

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

Living former lieutenant governors

As of August 2014, thirteen former lieutenant governors are alive, the oldest being John Crutcher (1965–1969, born 1916). The most recent death of a former lieutenant governor was that of Jack D. Walker (1987–1991), on September 1, 2005.

Lt. Governor Lt. Gubernatorial term Date of birth (and age)
John Crutcher 1965–1969 (1916-12-19) December 19, 1916 (age 102)
James H. DeCoursey, Jr. 1969–1971 (1932-07-07) July 7, 1932 (age 86)
Dave Owen 1973–1975 (1938-08-10) August 10, 1938 (age 80)
Shelby Smith 1975–1979 (1927-08-08) August 8, 1927 (age 91)
Paul V. Dugan 1979–1983 (1939-01-01) January 1, 1939 (age 80)
Thomas R. Docking 1983–1987 (1954-08-10) August 10, 1954 (age 64)
Jim Francisco 1991–1995 (1937-10-10) October 10, 1937 (age 81)
Sheila Frahm 1995–1996 (1945-03-22) March 22, 1945 (age 74)
Gary Sherrer 1996–2003 (1940-09-03) September 3, 1940 (age 78)
John E. Moore 2003–2007 (1943-07-13) July 13, 1943 (age 75)
Mark Parkinson 2007–2009 (1957-06-24) June 24, 1957 (age 61)
Troy Findley 2009–2011 (1964-07-11) July 11, 1964 (age 54)

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