Lieutenant Governor of Kansas
|Kansas Lieutenant Governor|
|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|
|Assumed office:||January 10, 2011|
|Next election:||November 6, 2018|
|Last election:||November 4, 2014|
|Other Kansas Executive Offices|
|Governor • Lieutenant Governor • Secretary of State • Attorney General • Treasurer • Commissioner of Education • Agriculture Secretary • Insurance Commissioner • Wildlife and Parks Secretary • Labor Secretary • Corporation Commission|
- See also: Current Lieutenant Governors
Under Article 1, Section I:
The constitutional officers of the executive department shall be the governor, lieutenant governor...
|2015 • 2014 • 2013 • 2012 • 2011 • 2010|
|Current Lt. Governors|
|Lt. Governor Elections|
|2015 • 2014 • 2013 • 2012 • 2011 • 2010|
Kansas' constitution does not set out requirements for office.
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.
|Governor and Lieutenant Governor of Kansas, 2014|
|Republican||Sam 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|
|Election Results via Kansas Secretary of State.|
- 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.
|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 office has such other responsibilities and duties as the Governor shall assign.
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- See also: Kansas state budget and finances
The Office of Lieutenant Governor's budget for the 2012 fiscal year was $180,551.
- 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. However, under Article XV, Section 7 the legislature may reduce the salary of an elected officer for gross neglect of duty.
|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.|
|Salaries reduced for neglect of duty. The legislature may reduce the salaries of officers, who shall neglect the performance of any legal duty.|
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.
There have been 49 Lieutenant Governors of Kansas since 1861. Of the 49 officeholders, 38 were Republican, 9 were Democrat and 2 were Populist.
|List of Former Officeholders from 1861-Present|
|1||Joseph Pomeroy Root||1861-1863||Republican|
|2||Thomas Anderw Osborn||1863-1865||Republican|
|5||Charles Vernon Eskridge||1869-1871||Republican|
|6||Peter Percival Elder||1871-1873||Republican|
|7||Elias Sleeper Stover||1873-1875||Republican|
|8||Melville Judson Salter||1875-1877||Republican|
|9||Lyman Underwood Humphrey||1877-1881||Republican|
|10||David Wesley Finney||1881-1885||Republican|
|11||Alexander Pancoast Riddle||1885-1889||Republican|
|12||Andrew Jackson Felt||1889-1893||Republican|
|14||James Armstrong Troutman||1895-1897||Republican|
|15||Alexander Miller Harvey||1897-1899||Populist|
|16||Harry E. Richter||1899-1903||Republican|
|17||David John Hanna||1903-1907||Republican|
|18||William James Fitzgerald||1907-1911||Republican|
|19||Richard Joseph Hopkins||1911-1913||Republican|
|21||William Yoast Morgan||1915-1919||Republican|
|22||Charles Solomon Huffman||1919-1923||Republican|
|23||Ben Sanford Paulen||1923-1925||Republican|
|24||De Lanson Alson Newton Chase||1925-1929||Republican|
|25||Jacob W. Graybill||1929-1933||Republican|
|26||Charles W. Thompson||1933-1937||Republican|
|27||William M. Lindsay||1937-1939||Democratic|
|28||Carl E. Friend||1939-1943||Republican|
|29||Jess C. Denious||1943-1947||Republican|
|30||Frank L. Hagaman||1947-1950||Republican|
|33||Joseph W. Henkle, Sr.||1957-1961||Democratic|
|34||Harold H. Chase||1961-1965||Republican|
|36||James H. DeCoursey, Jr.||1969-1971||Democratic|
|40||Paul V. Dugan||1979-1983||Democratic|
|41||Thomas R. Docking||1983-1987||Democratic|
|42||Jack D. Walker||1987-1991||Republican|
|46||John E. Moore||2003-2007||Democratic|
|49||Dr. Jeffrey W. Colyer||2011-||Republican|
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Kansas State Capitol
300 SW 10th Ave., Ste. 212S
Topeka, KS 66612-1590
- Governor of Kansas, "Lt. Governor Jeff Colyer" accessed January 17, 2013
- The Governor's State of Kansas Budget Report, "Fiscal Year 2014 Volume 2," 111," accessed June26, 2013
- Kansas Constitution, "Article I Executive; Compensation of Officers," accessed February 18, 2015
- Kansas Constitution, “Article XV Miscellaneous; Salaries reduced for neglect of duty,” accessed February 18,2015
- Council of State Governments, "SELECTED STATE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICIALS: ANNUAL SALARIES," accessed November 14, 2014
- The Council of State Governments, "Book of the States 2013, Table 4.11," accessed January 31, 2014
- Kansas Historical Society, "Kansas Lieutenant Governors," accessed July 29, 2013