Governors of Kansas

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History of Kansas Governors

Kansas has had a long line of governors representing several political parties. The first governor of Kansas was Charles L. Robinson, elected in 1861. Robinson served for two years as a Republican but was not elected to a second term. Following Robinson was a long line of Republican Governors, which held the governor's seat until 1883. Other political parties that have held office in Kansas include the Democratic and Populist parties. Populist governors served in office in both 1893 and 1897.

Republican governors dominate the political landscape in Kansas, winning the overwhelming majority of elections. Still, some Democratic governors hold office, with the most recent being Mark Parkinson in 2010 and the current governor of Kansas. In total, there have been 48 governors in Kansas, and 34 of the governors have been representatives of the Republican Party.

Current Kansas Governor

The current governor of Kansas is Laura Kelly, who was elected to the position in 2019. Kelly serves as a representative of the Democratic Party. Laura Kelly is the second woman to serve as governor of Kansas and she beat a Republican for the position. Before the election, she served in the Kansas Senate.

Current Governor
Laura Kelly
Governor Since
Jan 14, 2019
# of Governors Since Statehood

Governors of Kansas

Which party is the current governor of Kansas?

The current governor of Kansas is Laura Kelly, a Democrat.

How many governors has Kansas had?

There have been 48 governors of Kansas, 12 Democrats, 34 Republicans, and 2 from other parties.

When was the last Democratic governor in Kansas?

The last Democratic governor in Kansas is Laura Kelly, who has served from 2019 to the present day.

When was the last Republican governor in Kansas?

The last Republican governor in Kansas was Jeff Colyer, who served from 2018 to 2019.

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