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Who Runs the States

Main Report Pages
Main PagePart 1Partisanship InfographicPart 2Part 3

Partisanship Results Report (Part 1)
Executive SummaryState Partisanship AnalysisPartisan Control of GovernorshipsPartisan Control of State LegislaturesPartisan Control of State SenatesPartisan Control of State HousesState Government TrifectasOverall Partisan Control: Bright, Medium and Soft StatesChanges of Partisan Domination over 22 yearsYear-to-Year Changes in State Partisan ControlTrifectas and Presidential Election PatternsConclusionMethodologyAppendix AAppendix B

State Quality of Life Index (SQLI) Report (Part 2)
Executive SummaryState Quality of Life Index (SQLI)About the IndexOverall RankingsDramatic Changes from 1st Half to 2nd HalfIndividual IndicatorsMethodologyAppendices

Partisanship and (SQLI) Overlay Report (Part 3)
IntroductionComparing Partisanship and the State Quality of Life Index (SQLI) RankingsDescription of the dataTrends and correlationsMethodologyKey Values for Fifty-State RegressionsAppendices
Praise or blame is extended to political parties for the economic, educational, health and other quality of life outcomes that result from the policies those parties enact into law. To better understand which political party enjoys power in each of the states, Ballotpedia has analyzed state government control from 1992-2013 using the concept of a "partisan trifecta." A partisan trifecta is defined as when a state's governorship and legislative chambers are controlled by the same political party.

The two major political parties claim that their policies will lead to better outcomes. What does the data show?

At Ballotpedia, we explored these issues in a three-part study, Who Runs the States.

This page takes a specific look at how Kansas performed in the study.

Background about the study

See also: Ballotpedia: Who Runs the States

Part One examines the partisanship of state government from 1992-2013. Part Two establishes a State Quality of Life Index (SQLI), aggregating a variety of existing state indices into one measurement. Part Three will overlay the two reports, looking for trends and correlations.

Part 1: Partisanship analysis

Kansas Governor

From 1992 to 2013, there were Democratic governors in office for 11 years while there were Republican governors in office for 11 years, including the last three. Kansas was under Republican trifectas for the last three years of the study period.

Across the country, there were 493 years of Democratic governors (44.82%) and 586 years of Republican governors (53.27%) from 1992-2013.

Over the course of the 22-year study, state governments became increasingly more partisan. At the outset of the study period (1992), 18 of the 49 states with partisan legislatures had single-party trifectas and 31 states had divided governments. In 2013, only 13 states have divided governments, while single-party trifectas held sway in 36 states, the most in the 22 years studied.

Kansas Senate

From 1992 to 2013, the Republican Party was the majority in the Kansas State Senate. The Kansas State Senate is one of 13 state senates that was Republican for more than 80 percent of the years between 1992-2013.

Across the country, there were 541 Democratic and 517 Republican state senates from 1992 to 2013.

Kansas House of Representatives

During the first year of the study (1992), the Democratic Party was the majority in the Kansas State House of Representatives while through the last 21 years the Republican Party was the majority. The Kansas State House of Representatives is one of nine state Houses that was Republican for more than 80 percent of the years between 1992-2013.

Across the country, there were 577 Democratic and 483 Republican state houses of representatives from 1992 to 2013.

The chart below shows the partisan composition of the Office of the Governor of Kansas, the Kansas State Senate and the Kansas House of Representatives from 1992-2013.

Partisan composition of Kansas state government(1992-2013).PNG

Partisan control changes

There were four partisan control changes in Kansas during the study period. The average number of changes in the 50 states was also four.

Kansas legislature pie chart 1992-2013.png
Kansas government pie chart 1992-2013.png
Kansas gubernatorial pie chart 1992-2013.png

Part 2: State Quality of Life Index (SQLI)

Kansas’s average ranking over the course of the study period was 19.95, which puts it at 20 in the overall SQLI ranking.[1]

  • The year that Kansas had the highest ranking was 1992, in which it ranked 6th.
  • The year that Kansas had the lowest ranking was 1999, in which it ranked 29th.
  • The index type that Kansas had the highest ranking in was CAFR Debt/GDP, in which it ranked 9th.
  • The index type that Kansas had the lowest ranking in was Government Employment Share of the Population, in which it ranked 42nd.
Kansas SQLI 1992-2012
Index 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
24/7 Wall St Best/Worst Governed States N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 16 9 15
America's Health Rankings 10 13 15 15 17 16 19 21 20 18 20 20 17 22 17 25 23 24 23 25 24
CAFR Debt/GDP N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 10 10 10 5 8 7 5 N/A
Chief Executive Magazine Best and Worst States for Business Survey N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 16 14 24 24 21 25 25 23
CNBC Top States for Business N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 16 11 7 11 11 15
Forbes Best States for Business N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 21 20 21 15 10 12 13
Govt. Employment Share Population 41 42 42 43 43 42 42 42 43 43 43 42 43 42 43 44 44 43 42 43 42
Graduation Rate 11 10 15 15 13 13 16 19 21 17 17 17 18 18 20 22 21 23 18 19 15
Personal Income Per Capita 22 23 23 26 26 24 23 26 28 23 27 25 25 26 22 23 20 23 23 24 24
Poverty Rate 14 24 36 18 18 15 13 33 8 23 21 23 21 31 35 28 26 29 27 25 N/A
Real GDP per capita 23 28 27 32 31 28 29 29 30 27 29 28 31 30 29 26 26 26 27 27 N/A
S&P Credit Rating N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 11 11 10 10 10 10 10 12 12 12 13 14
State Govt. Spending/GDP 10 9 15 18 16 18 15 19 20 20 20 18 19 19 18 19 18 19 17 19 N/A
State & local tax burden 21 25 29 28 31 29 31 27 26 30 30 32 32 26 27 25 23 27 29 N/A N/A
Tax Freedom Day N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 26
Unemployment Rate 5 11 15 12 14 12 18 17 25 20 18 23 32 31 24 22 14 14 12 10 10
Unfunded Pension Liabilities per capita N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 36 36 36 N/A
Voter Turnout 17 21 21 17 17 29 29 28 28 21 21 27 27 25 25 31 31 30 30 36 36
Well-Being Index N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 13 11 16 7 16

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Footnotes

  1. Note: The average rank is compiled by adding up all years of rankings and then dividing by 21 to obtain the average state ranking. This average figure is ranked relative to the rest of the 49 states to derive an overall SQLI ranking.