Lieutenant Governor of Kansas Information
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|Lieutenant Governor of |
the State of Kansas
|Term length||Four years, renewable once|
|Formation||February 9, 1861|
The Lieutenant Governor of Kansas is the second-ranking member of the executive branch of Kansas state government. The lieutenant governor is elected on a ticket with the governor for a four-year term. The lieutenant governor succeeds to the office of governor if the office becomes vacant, and also serves as acting governor if the governor is incapacitated or absent from the state.
The Constitution of Kansas provides that the Lieutenant Governor must satisfy the same constitutional qualifications as the Governor – that is, none.
The Lieutenant Governor of Kansas, similar to the Vice President of the United States, the main function of the Lieutenant Governor lies in the executive branch as the immediate successor to the Governorship in the event of a vacancy. In case of impeachment of the Governor, or of his death, failure to qualify, resignation, the Governorship, with its compensation and responsibilities, shall devolve upon the Lieutenant Governor for the residue of the term. In the event of the Governor's absences from the State, or inability to discharge the powers and duties of the office, the Lieutenant Governor shall become the "Acting Governor" until the Governor returns to the state or the disability is removed.
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As of January 2019 [update], eleven former lieutenant governors of Kansas are alive. The most recent lieutenant governor to die was Thomas Docking, who served from 1983 to 1987, on August 24, 2017. The most recently serving lieutenant governor to die was Jack D. Walker, who served from 1987 to 1991, on September 1, 2005.
|Lt. Governor||Lt. Gubernatorial term||Date of birth (and age)|
|Dave Owen||1973–1975||August 10, 1938|
|Shelby Smith||1975–1979||August 8, 1927|
|Paul Dugan||1979–1983||January 1, 1939|
|Jim Francisco||1991–1995||October 10, 1937|
|Sheila Frahm||1995–1996||March 22, 1945|
|Gary Sherrer||1996–2003||September 3, 1940|
|John E. Moore||2003–2007||July 13, 1943|
|Mark Parkinson||2007–2009||June 24, 1957|
|Troy Findley||2009–2011||July 11, 1964|
|Jeff Colyer||2011–2018||June 3, 1960|