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 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 in the Democratic Party. Laura Kelly is the second woman to serve as governor of Kansas. Before the election, she served in the Kansas Senate. She beat a republican for the position who was also running for governor. Laura Kelly has already announced she intends to run for reelection in the 2022 vote.