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Lieutenant Governor of Kansas

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Kansas Lieutenant Governor
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2012 FY Budget:  $180,551
Term limits:  Two consecutive terms
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  Kansas Constitution, Article I, Section II The Executive Department
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

Name:  Jeff Colyer
Officeholder Party:  Republican
Assumed office:  January 10, 2011
Compensation:  $54,000
Next election:  November 6, 2018
Last election:  November 4, 2014
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The Lieutenant Governor of the State of Kansas is an elected constitutional officer, the second ranking officer of the Executive branch, and the first officer in line to succeed the Governor of Kansas. The Lieutenant Governor is popularly elected every four years by a plurality and is limited to two successive terms.[1]

Current officeholder

See also: Current Lieutenant Governors

The 49th and current lieutenant governor is Jeff Colyer, a Republican elected in 2010 on a shared ticket with Governor Sam Brownback (R).[1]


The state Constitution addresses the office of the governor in Article I, the Executive Department.

Under Article 1, Section I:

The constitutional officers of the executive department shall be the governor, lieutenant governor...


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Kansas' constitution does not set out requirements for office.


Kansas state government organizational chart
See also: Gubernatorial election cycles by state
See also: Election of lieutenant governors

Kansas elects lieutenant governors in the midterm elections, that is, even years that are not presidential election years. For Kansas, 2006, 2010, 2014 and 2018 are all lieutenant gubernatorial election years. Legally, the lieutenant gubernatorial inauguration is always set for the second Monday in the January following an election. Thus, January 10, 2011, and January 12, 2015, are inaugural days.


See also: Kansas Lieutenant Gubernatorial election, 2014
Governor and Lieutenant Governor of Kansas, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSam Brownback/Jeff Colyer Incumbent 49.8% 433,196
     Democratic Paul Davis/Jill Docking 46.1% 401,100
     Libertarian Keen Umbehr/Josh Umbehr 4% 35,206
Total Votes 869,502
Election Results via Kansas Secretary of State.

Term limits

See also: States with gubernatorial term limits

Kansas lieutenant governors are restricted to two consecutive terms in office, after which they must wait one term before being eligible to run again.

Kansas Constitution, Article I, Section 1

No person may be elected to more than two successive terms as governor nor to more than two successive terms as lieutenant governor.


Details of vacancies are addressed under Article 1, Section 11.

The Constitution only specifies the vacancy procedure for the lieutenant governor's chair to the extent that it leaves determining a line of succession to the legislature.



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

The office has such other responsibilities and duties as the Governor shall assign.


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State budget

See also: Kansas state budget and finances

The Office of Lieutenant Governor's budget for the 2012 fiscal year was $180,551.[2]


See also: Comparison of lieutenant gubernatorial salaries and Compensation of state executive officers

The salary of the lieutenant governor, along with other Kansas elected executives, is determined by the Kansas State Legislature. Article I, Section 13 maintains state executive salaries as legally fixed and may not be reduced during the current term, unless such a reduction applies to all salaried state officers.[3] However, under Article XV, Section 7 the legislature may reduce the salary of an elected officer for gross neglect of duty.[4]

Kansas Constitution, Article I, Section 15

Compensation of officers. The officers mentioned in this article shall at stated times receive for their services a such compensation as is established by law, which shall not be diminished during their terms of office, unless by general law applicable to all salaried officers of the state. Any person exercising the powers and duties of an office mentioned in this article shall receive the compensation established by law for that office.

Kansas Constitution, Article XV, Section 7

Salaries reduced for neglect of duty. The legislature may reduce the salaries of officers, who shall neglect the performance of any legal duty.


In 2014, the lieutenant governor received a salary of $54,000, according to the Council of State Governments.[5]


In 2013, the lieutenant governor was paid an estimated $54,000. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.[6]


In 2012, the lieutenant governor is paid $54,000 a year.


In 2010, the lieutenant governor was paid $100,000 a year, the 19th highest lieutenant gubernatorial salary in America.

Historical officeholders

There have been 49 Lieutenant Governors of Kansas since 1861. Of the 49 officeholders, 38 were Republican, 9 were Democrat and 2 were Populist.[7]

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Contact information

Kansas State Capitol
300 SW 10th Ave., Ste. 212S
Topeka, KS 66612-1590

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