Political party strength in Kentucky Information

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The following table indicates the party of elected officials in the U.S. state of Kentucky:

The table also indicates the historical party composition in the:

For years in which a presidential election was held, the table indicates which party's nominees received the state's electoral votes.

The parties are as follows:    American (A),    Democratic (D),    Democratic-Republican (DR),    Independent (I),    National Republican (NR),    Republican (R), and    Whig (W).

Year Executive offices General Assembly United States Congress Electoral College votes
Governor Lt. Governor Sec. of State Attorney General Treasurer Auditor Ag. Comm. State Senate State House U.S. Senator (Class II) U.S. Senator (Class III) U.S. House
1792 Isaac Shelby (DR) no such office James Brown (DR) George Nicholas John Logan William McDowell [1] DR Majority DR Majority John Brown (DR) John Edwards (DR) 2DR George Washington and John Adams (F) Green tickY
1793 John Breckinridge (DR)
1795 Humphrey Marshall (DR)
1796 Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr (DR) Red XN
1797 James Garrard (DR) Harry Toulmin (DR) James Blair George Madison (DR) [2]
1800 Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr (DR) Green tickY
1801 Alexander Scott Bullitt (DR) John Breckinridge (DR) [3]
1803 6DR
1804 Thomas Jefferson and George Clinton (DR) Green tickY
1805 Christopher Greenup (DR) John Caldwell (DR) [4] John Rowan (DR) Buckner Thruston (DR)
vacant John Adair (DR)
1806 Thomas Posey (DR)
1807 Henry Clay (DR)
Alfred W. Grayson David Logan John Pope (DR)
1808 William C. Greenup James Madison and George Clinton (DR) Green tickY
1809 Charles Scott (DR) Gabriel Slaughter (DR) Jesse Bledsoe (DR) John P. Thomas
1810 Henry Clay (DR)
1811 George M. Bibb (DR)
1812 Fielding Whitlock James Madison and Elbridge Gerry (DR) Green tickY
Isaac Shelby (DR) Richard Hickman (DR) Martin D. Hardin (DR)
1813 Christopher Greenup (DR) Jesse Bledsoe (DR) 10DR
Martin D. Hardin (DR)
George Walker (DR)
1815 William T. Barry (DR) Isham Talbot (DR)
1816 James Monroe and Daniel D. Tompkins (DR) Green tickY
George Madison (DR) [5] Gabriel Slaughter (DR) Charles Stewart Todd (DR) John Madison
Gabriel Slaughter (DR) [6] vacant John Pope (DR) Martin D. Hardin (DR)
1817 John J. Crittenden (DR)
1819 Samuel South Richard Mentor Johnson (DR) William Logan (DR)
1820 Oliver G. Waggener Joseph M. White Peter Clay
Ben Hardin Isham Talbot (DR)
1821 John Adair (DR) William T. Barry (DR) Cabell Breckinridge (DR) Solomon P. Sharp (DR) Benjamin Shelby
1823 12DR (8 Adams-Clay, 4 Jackson)
1824 Thomas Bell Monroe (DR) Henry Clay and Nathan Sanford (DR) Red XN
1825 Joseph Desha (DR) Robert B. McAfee (DR) William T. Barry (DR) Frederick W. S. Grayson James Davidson John Rowan (DR) 7A-J, 5J
James C. Pickett (DR) James W. Denny
1826 21 New Court, 17 Old Court [7] 62 Old Court, 38 New Court 8A-J, 4J
1827 22 Old Court, 16 New Court 56 Old Court, 44 New Court 7J, 5A-J
1828 George Robertson (DR) 20A-J, 18D 54A-J, 46D 8J, 4A-J Andrew Jackson and John C. Calhoun (D) Green tickY
1829 Thomas Metcalfe (NR) John Breathitt (D) Thomas T. Crittenden 22A-J, 16D 57D, 42A-J, 1? George M. Bibb (D) 10J, 2A-J
1830 24A-J, 14D 64A-J, 36D
1831 20A-J, 18D 55A-J, 44D, 1 tie Henry Clay (NR/W) 8J, 4A-J
1832 John F. McCurdy 20D, 18A-J 52A-J, 48D Henry Clay and John Sergeant (NR) Red XN
1833 John Breathitt (D) [5] James Turner Morehead (NR) Lewis Sanders Charles S. Morehead (NR) 22A-J, 16D 60A-J, 40D 9A-J, 4J
1834 20D, 18A-J 60A-J, 40D
James Turner Morehead (NR) [6] vacant John J. Crittenden (NR) [8] Thomas Scudder Page
1835 William Owsley (NR) 21W, 17D 75W, 25D John J. Crittenden (W)
1836 Austin P. Cox 23W, 15D 63W, 37D William Henry Harrison and Francis Granger (W) Green tickY
1837 James Clark (W) [5] Charles A. Wickliffe (W) James M. Bullock 24W, 14D 58W, 42D 12W, 1D
1838 Owen G. Cotes 71W, 29D
1839 22W, 16D 68W, 32D 11W, 2D
Charles A. Wickliffe (W) [6] vacant
1840 60W, 38D, 2? William Henry Harrison and John Tyler (W) Green tickY
1841 Robert P. Letcher (W) Manlius Valerius Thomson (W) James Harlan (W) 24W, 14D 76W, 24D James Turner Morehead (W)
1842 27W, 11D 77W, 23D
John J. Crittenden (W) [9]
1843 29W, 9D 57W, 43D 5D, 5W
1844 26W, 12D 62W, 38D Henry Clay and Theodore Frelinghuysen (W) Red XN
1845 William Owsley (W) Archibald Dixon (W) Benjamin Hardin (W) 64W, 35D, 1? 7W, 3D
1846 24W, 14D 62W, 38D
1847 George B. Kinkead (W) H. Q. Bradley 26W, 12D 63W, 37D Joseph R. Underwood (W) 6W, 4D
1848 27W, 11D 59W, 41D Zachary Taylor and Millard Fillmore (W) Green tickY
William Decatur Reed (W) Thomas Metcalfe (W)
1849 John J. Crittenden (W) [3] John L. Helm (W) Orlando Brown (W) M. Conyers Johnson Richard Curd Wintersmith John B. Temple 64W, 36D Henry Clay (W) [5]
1850 Joshua Fry Bell (W) 59W, 41D
John L. Helm (W) [6] vacant John William Finnell (W) James A. Barbour
1851 23W, 15D 57W, 43D 5D, 5W
1852 Lazarus W. Powell (D) John Burton Thompson (W) [8] David Meriwether (D) James Harlan (W) Thomas Scudder Page (W) 20W, 18D [10] 55W, 45D [11] Winfield Scott and William Alexander Graham (W) Red XN
James P. Metcalfe (D) David Meriwether (D)
Archibald Dixon (W)
1853 vacant John Burton Thompson (A)
1854 Grant Green (D) 23W, 15D
1855 John J. Crittenden (A) 6K-N, 4D
1856 Charles S. Morehead (A) James G. Hardy (A) [5] Mason Brown (A) 25A, 13D 61A, 39D James Buchanan and John C. Breckinridge (D) Green tickY
1857 vacant James H. Garrard 8D, 2A
1858 20A, 18D 61D, 39A
1859 Lazarus W. Powell (D) 5D, 5O
Beriah Magoffin (D) [12] Linn Boyd (D) [5] Thomas Bell Monroe Jr. (D) Andrew J. James Grant Green (D)
1860 vacant 24D, 14O 59D, 41O John Bell and Edward Everett (CU) Red XN
1861 John C. Breckinridge (D) 9U, 1D
1862 Nathaniel Gaither (D) 27U, 11 States Rights 76U, 24 States Rights Garrett Davis (D) [5] 10U
James F. Robinson (D) [13] Daniel C. Wickliffe (D)
1863 9U
1864 Thomas E. Bramlette (D) Richard Taylor Jacob (D) Ephraim L. Van Winkle John Marshall Harlan (U) A. T. Samuels 38U 96U, 4 States Rights George B. McClellan and George H. Pendleton (D) Red XN
1865 James Guthrie (D) 5D, 4U
1866 John S. Van Winkle Mason Brown 20D, 18R 60D, 40R 6D, 3U
1867 7D, (2 vacant)
John L. Helm (D) [5] John W. Stevenson (D) Samuel B. Churchill (D) John Rodman James "Honest Dick" Tate (D) D. Howard Smith (D)
1868 John W. Stevenson (D) [14] [8] vacant 28D, 7R, 3 Union Dem. 70D, 25R Thomas C. McCreery (R) 7D, 1R, (1 vacant) Horatio Seymour and Francis Preston Blair Jr. (D) Red XN
1869 9D
1870 36D, 2R 92D, 8R
Preston H. Leslie (D) [15] John W. Stevenson (D)
John G. Carlisle (D) Andrew Jackson James (D)
1872 35D, 3R 88D, 12R
George Washington Craddock (D) Willis B. Machen (D) Thomas A. Hendricks and Benjamin Gratz Brown (D) Red XN
1873 Thomas C. McCreery (R) 10D
1874 31D, 7R 80D, 20R
1875 9D, 1R
1876 James B. McCreary (D) John C. Underwood (D) J. Stoddard Johnston (D) Thomas Edward Moss 32D, 6R 89D, 11R Samuel J. Tilden and Thomas A. Hendricks (D) Red XN
1877 James B. Beck (D) [5] 10D
1878 37D, 1R 87D, 13R
1879 John Stuart Williams (D) 9D, 1Ind.D
1880 Luke P. Blackburn (D) James E. Cantrill (D) Samuel B. Churchill (D) Parker Watkins Hardin (D) Fayette Hewitt (D) [16] 34D, 4R 80D, 20R Winfield Scott Hancock and William Hayden English (D) Red XN
1881 James W. Blackburn (D) 8D, 1R, 1Ind.D
1882 26D, 8R, 4G 72D, 20R, 4G
1883 8D, 2R, 1Ind.D
1884 J. Proctor Knott (D) James R. Hindman (D) James A. McKenzie (D) 33D, 5R 89D, 11R Grover Cleveland and Thomas A. Hendricks (D) Green tickY
1885 Joseph Clay Stiles Blackburn (D) 10D, 1R
1886 35D, 3R 80D, 20R
1887 8D, 3R
1888 Simon Bolivar Buckner (D) James William Bryan (D) George Madison Adams (D) 32D, 6R 70D, 25R, 3 Proh., 2 Lab. Grover Cleveland and Allen G. Thurman (D) Red XN
1889 Stephen G. Sharpe (D) [17] 9D, 2R
1890 William J. Hendrick L. C. Norman 31D, 7R 86D, 14R
Henry S. Hale (D) [18] John G. Carlisle (D)
1891 10D, 1R
Willis Lunsford Ringo (D)
1892 John Y. Brown (D) Mitchell Cary Alford (D) John W. Headley (D) 27D, 11R 73D, 22R, 5P Grover Cleveland and Adlai Stevenson I (D) Green tickY
1893 William Lindsay (D)
1894 76D, 22R, 2P
1895 6R, 5D
1896 William O. Bradley (R) William Jackson Worthington (R) Charles Finley (R) William S. Taylor (R) George W. Long (R) Samuel H. Stone (R) 22D, 16R 52R, 46D, 1P, 1 Ind. Prog. William McKinley and Garret Hobart (R) Green tickY
1897 William Joseph Deboe (D) 7D, 4R
1898 27D, 11R 73D, 25R, 2P
1899 9D, 2R
1900 William S. Taylor (R) [19] John Marshall (R) Caleb Powers (R) R. J. Breckinridge Walter R. Day (R) John S. Sweeny 26D, 12R 60D, 40R William Jennings Bryan and Adlai Stevenson I (D) Red XN
William Goebel (D) [19] J. C. W. Beckham (D) Caleb Breckinridge Hill (D) Samuel W. Hager (D) Gus G. Coulter (D)
J. C. W. Beckham (D) [20] vacant
1901 Joseph Clay Stiles Blackburn (D) 8D, 3R
1902 C. J. Pratt 25D, 13R 73D, 26R, 1ID
1903 James B. McCreary (D) 10D, 1R
1904 William P. Thorne (D) Harry V. McChesney (D) N. B. Hays Henry M. Bosworth (D) Samuel W. Hager (D) 31D, 7R 77D, 23R Alton B. Parker and Henry G. Davis (D) Red XN
1905 9D, 2R
1906 73D, 27R
1907 Thomas H. Paynter (D) 7D, 4R
1908 Augustus E. Willson (R) William Hopkinson Cox (R) Ben L. Bruner (R) James Breathitt Edwin Farley (R) Frank P. Jones 22D, 16R 51D, 49R William Jennings Bryan and John W. Kern (D) Red XN
1909 William O. Bradley (R) [5] 8D, 3R
1910 26D, 12R 73D, 27R
1911 9D, 2R
1912 James B. McCreary (D) Edward J. McDermott (D) Carl F. Crecelius (D) James Garnett Thomas Rhea (D) Henry M. Bosworth (D) 32D, 6R 76D, 24R Woodrow Wilson and Thomas R. Marshall (D) Green tickY
1913 Ollie Murray James (D) [5]
1914 25D, 13R 79D, 20R, 1 Fus.
Johnson N. Camden Jr. (D)
1915 J. C. W. Beckham (D)
1916 Augustus O. Stanley (D) [8] James D. Black (D) James P. Lewis (R) M. M. Logan (D) Sherman Goodpaster (D) Robert L. Greene (D) 28D, 10R 64D, 36R
1918 Charles H. Morris 24D, 14R 60D, 40R
George B. Martin (D)
1919 7D, 4R
James D. Black (D) [6] vacant Thomas Martin Jones [21] Augustus Owsley Stanley (D)
1920 Edwin P. Morrow (R) S. Thruston Ballard (R) Fred A. Vaughn (R) Charles I. Dawson (R) James A. Wallace (R) John J. Craig (R) 20D, 18R 55R, 45D James M. Cox and Franklin D. Roosevelt (D) Red XN
1921 Richard P. Ernst (R) 8D, 3R
1922 68D, 32R
1924 William J. Fields (D) Henry Denhardt (D) Emma Guy Cromwell (D) T. B. McGregor Edward B. Dishman (D) William H. Shanks (D) 25D, 13R 67D, 32R, 1I Calvin Coolidge and Charles G. Dawes (R) Green tickY
1925 Frank E. Daugherty Frederic M. Sackett (R)
1926 26D, 12R 65D, 35R
1927 Alben W. Barkley (D)
1928 Flem D. Sampson (R) James Breathitt Jr. (D) Ella Lewis (D) James W. Cammack Emma Guy Cromwell (D) Clell Coleman 24D, 14R 62D, 38R Herbert Hoover and Charles Curtis (R) Green tickY
1929 9R, 2D
8R, 3D
1930 66D, 34R John M. Robsion (R)
Ben M. Williamson (D)
1931 M. M. Logan (D) [5] 9D, 2R
1932 Ruby Laffoon (D) Happy Chandler (D) Sara W. Mahan (D) Bailey P. Wootton Elam Huddleston (D) J. Dan Talbott (D) 26D, 12R 74D, 26R Franklin D. Roosevelt and John Nance Garner (D) Green tickY
1933 9D
1934 70D, 30R
1935 8D, 1R
1936 Happy Chandler (D) [22] Keen Johnson (D) Charles D. Arnett (D) Beverly M. Vincent (D) [23] John E. Buckingham Ernest E. Shannon (D) 66D, 34R
1937 Hubert Meredith
1938 28D, 10R 76D, 24R
Keen Johnson (D) [14] vacant Happy Chandler (D)
1940 Rodes K. Myers (D) George G. Hatcher (D) Ernest E. Shannon (D) David A. Logan 29D, 9R 73D, 27R Franklin D. Roosevelt and Henry A. Wallace (D) Green tickY
1942 75D, 25R
1944 Simeon S. Willis (R) Kenneth H. Tuggle (R) Charles K. O'Connell (D) Eldon S. Dummit (R) Thomas W. Vinson (R) B. L. Sparks 23D, 15R 57D, 43R 7D, 2R Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman (D) Green tickY
1945 8D, 1R
1946 Charles I. Ross 21D, 17R 69D, 31R William A. Stanfill (R)
1947 W. D. Bratcher John Sherman Cooper (R) 6D, 3R
1948 Earle C. Clements (D) Lawrence W. Wetherby (D) [8] George G. Hatcher (D) Alvarado E. Funk (D) Edward F. Seiller (D) [24] Harry Newman Jones (D) 29D, 9R 75D, 25R Harry S. Truman and Alben W. Barkley (D) Green tickY
1949 Virgil Chapman (D) [5] Garrett L. Withers (D) 7D, 2R
1950 Pearl Frances Runyon (D) [18] 76D, 24R
1951 Lawrence W. Wetherby (D) [14] vacant Thomas R. Underwood (D) Earle C. Clements (D)
1952 Emerson Beauchamp (D) Charles K. O'Connell (D) J. D. Buckman Jr. (D) T. Herbert Tinsley (D) 28D, 10R 73D, 27R Adlai Stevenson and John Sparkman (D) Red XN
1953 John Sherman Cooper (R) 6D, 2R
1954 29D, 9R 79D, 21R
1955 Alben Barkley (D) [5]
1956 Happy Chandler (D) Harry Lee Waterfield (D) Thelma Stovall (D) Jo M. Ferguson (D) Henry H. Carter (D) Mary Louise Foust (D) 30D, 8R 77D, 23R Robert Humphreys (D) Dwight D. Eisenhower and Richard M. Nixon (R) Green tickY
1957 John Sherman Cooper (R) Thruston Ballard Morton (R)
1958 29D, 9R 75D, 25R
1959 7D, 1R
1960 Bert T. Combs (D) Wilson W. Wyatt (D) Henry H. Carter (D) John B. Breckinridge (D) Thelma Stovall (D) Joseph W. Schneider (D) Emerson Beauchamp (D) 30D, 8R 80D, 20R Richard M. Nixon and Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. (R) Red XN
1962 29D, 9R 74D, 26R
1963 5D, 2R
1964 Edward T. Breathitt (D) Harry Lee Waterfield (D) Thelma Stovall (D) Robert F. Matthews Jr. (D) Emerson Beauchamp (D) Henry H. Carter (D) Wendell P. Butler (D) 25D, 13R 63D, 37R Lyndon B. Johnson and Hubert H. Humphrey (D) Green tickY
1965 6D, 1R
1966 26D, 12R 64D, 36R
1967 4D, 3R
1968 Louie B. Nunn (R) Wendell H. Ford (D) Elmer Begley (R) [5] John B. Breckinridge (D) Thelma Stovall (D) Clyde Conley (R) [5] Bob Miller (R) 24D, 14R 59D, 41R Marlow Cook (R) Richard M. Nixon and Spiro Agnew (R) Green tickY
1970 James Thompson (R) [17] 71D, 29R
Leila Feltner Begley (R) [17]
1971 Ken Harper (R) [17] Mary Louise Foust (D) [25] 5D, 2R
1972 Wendell H. Ford (D) [8] Julian Carroll (D) Thelma Stovall (D) Ed W. Hancock (D) Drexell R. Davis (D) Wendell P. Butler (D) 27D, 11R 73D, 27R
1973 Walter D. Huddleston (D)
1974 29D, 9R 80D, 20R
1975 Julian Carroll (D) [14] vacant Wendell H. Ford (D)
1976 Thelma Stovall (D) Drexell R. Davis (D) Robert F. Stephens (D) Frances Jones Mills (D) George L. Atkins (D) Thomas O. Harris (D) 30D, 8R 79D, 21R Jimmy Carter and Walter Mondale (D) Green tickY
1978 78D, 22R
1979 4D, 3R
1980 John Y. Brown Jr. (D) Martha Layne Collins (D) Frances Jones Mills (D) Steve Beshear (D) Drexell R. Davis (D) James B. Graham (D) Alben W. Barkley II (D) 75D, 25R Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush (R) Green tickY
1982 29D, 9R 76D, 24R
1984 Martha Layne Collins (D) Steve Beshear (D) Drexell R. Davis (D) David L. Armstrong (D) Frances Jones Mills (D) Mary Ann Tobin (D) David Boswell (D) 28D, 10R
1985 74D, 26R [26] Mitch McConnell (R)
1987 29D, 9R [26] 73D, 27R
1988 Wallace G. Wilkinson (D) Brereton Jones (D) Bremer Ehrler (D) Fred Cowan (D) Robert Mead (D) Bob Babbage (D) Ward "Butch" Burnette (D) [27] George H. W. Bush and Dan Quayle (R) Green tickY
1989 71D, 29R
1991 Charles Hamilton (D) [17] 27D, 11R 68D, 32R
1992 Brereton Jones (D) Paul E. Patton (D) Bob Babbage (D) Chris Gorman (D) Frances Jones Mills (D) Ben Chandler (D) Ed Logsdon (D) Bill Clinton and Al Gore (D) Green tickY
1993 24D, 14R [28] 71D, 29R [28] 4D, 2R
1994 3D, 3R
1995 21D, 17R 64D, 36R 4R, 2D
1996 Paul E. Patton (D) Steve Henry (D) John Y. Brown, III (D) Ben Chandler (D) John Kennedy Hamilton (D) Ed Hatchett (D) Billy Ray Smith (D)
1997 23 Coal., 15D [29] 5R, 1D
1999 66D, 34R Jim Bunning (R)
2000 Jonathan Miller (D) 20R, 18D [30] George W. Bush and Dick Cheney (R) Green tickY
2001 64D, 36R
2003 21R, 17D 65D, 35R
2004 Ernie Fletcher (R) Steve Pence (R) Trey Grayson (R) [31] Greg Stumbo (D) Crit Luallen (D) Richie Farmer (R) 4R, 2D
2005 21R, 15D, 1I, 1VC [32] 57D, 43R 5R, 1D
2006 21R, 16D, 1I [33]
2007 61D, 39R 4R, 2D
2008 Steve Beshear (D) Daniel Mongiardo (D) Jack Conway (D) Todd Hollenbach (D) 22R, 15D, 1I [34] 63D, 37R [35] John McCain and Sarah Palin (R) Red XN
2009 21R, 16D, 1I [36] 65D, 35R
2010 20R, 17D, 1I [37]
2011 Elaine Walker (D) [17] 22R, 15D, 1I 59D, 41R [38] Rand Paul (R)
2012 Jerry Abramson (D) [39] Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) Adam Edelen (D) James Comer (R) Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan (R) Red XN
2013 23R, 14D, 1I 55D, 45R 5R, 1D
2014 54D, 46R [40]
2015 Crit Luallen (D) [17] 26R, 12D
27R, 11D [41]
2016 Matt Bevin (R) Jenean Hampton (R) Andy Beshear (D) Allison Ball (R) Mike Harmon (R) Ryan Quarles (R) 53D, 47R [42] Donald Trump and Mike Pence (R) Green tickY
2017 64R, 36D
2018 63R, 37D [43]
2019 29R, 9D [44] 61R, 39D
Year Governor Lt. Governor Sec. of State Attorney General Treasurer Auditor Ag. Comm. State Senate State House U.S. Senator (Class II) U.S. Senator (Class III) U.S. House Electoral College votes
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  1. ^ The position of auditor of public accounts was established by the state legislature on June 22, 1792 but did not become an elected office until the adoption of the state's third constitution on June 11, 1850 but was appointed by the governor until that time.
  2. ^ Resigned in order to run for governor.
  3. ^ a b Resigned to take office as Attorney General of the United States.
  4. ^ Died from "inflammation of the brain" while presiding over the state Senate during his first year as lieutenant governor.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p Died in office.
  6. ^ a b c d e As lieutenant governor, filled unexpired term.
  7. ^ Old Court – New Court controversy
  8. ^ a b c d e f Resigned to take an elected seat in the United States Senate.
  9. ^ Resigned to take office as Governor of Kentucky.
  10. ^ With the Kentucky Constitution of 1850 taking effect, the elections of 1851 changed Senate elections from occurring every year with a quarter of the body up to every two years with half of the body up.
  11. ^ With the Kentucky Constitution of 1850 taking effect, the elections of 1851 changed House terms from one year to two years.
  12. ^ Resigned due to his disagreement with the state legislature over the American Civil War; he espoused neutrality.
  13. ^ As president of the senate, filled unexpired term – at the time the previous governor resigned, as there was no lieutenant governor.
  14. ^ a b c d As lieutenant governor, filled unexpired term, and was later elected in his own right.
  15. ^ As president of the state Senate, filled unexpired term because at the time the previous governor resigned, there was no lieutenant governor; was later elected in his own right.
  16. ^ Resigned to accept the presidency of the State National Bank of Frankfort.
  17. ^ a b c d e f g Appointed to fill vacancy.
  18. ^ a b Appointed to fill vacancy, then elected to a full term.
  19. ^ a b Taylor was sworn in and assumed office, but the state legislature challenged the validity of his election, claiming ballot fraud. William Goebel, his challenger in the election, was shot on January 30, 1900. The next day, the legislature named Goebel governor. However, Goebel died from his wounds three days later. Taylor fled the state and never returned and was pardoned by Governor Augustus Willson in 1909.
  20. ^ As lieutenant governor, filled unexpired term until elected to fill it in a special election.
  21. ^ As assistant state auditor, was appointed to fill vacancy.
  22. ^ Resigned to take an appointed seat in the United States Senate.
  23. ^ Resigned to take an elected seat in the United States House of Representatives.
  24. ^ Resigned to take a position in Washington, D.C.
  25. ^ Elected to fill vacancy.
  26. ^ a b Pursuant to Constitutional Amendment #2, passed in 1979, election dates for the Kentucky General Assembly were moved to even-numbered years. Only elections for the Kentucky House of Representatives were held in 1984 (having last been held in 1981), and Senators elected in the 1981 and 1983 elections served five-year terms in order to bring the dates of election into symmetry again.
  27. ^ Resigned shortly before impeachment trial in the Kentucky Senate following criminal conviction for theft.
  28. ^ a b Harlan Daily Enterprise, "Incumbents on ballot fare well in legislative primaries across state," May 25, 1994
  29. ^ A coalition of 5 Democrats and 18 Republicans formed to control the chamber. [1]
  30. ^ Senators Dan Seum and Bob Leeper switched parties from Democrat to Republican, giving the Republicans outright majority control.
  31. ^ Resigned to accept a position at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
  32. ^ A Republican who won a Senate seat was denied the ability to take her seat over residency issues by court order; Senator Bob Leeper switches from being a Republican to an Independent, but continues to caucus with the GOP.
  33. ^ After the Republican with residency issues resigned her seat, a Democrat filled the vacancy left by her is a special election.
  34. ^ A Republican filled the vacancy left by Daniel Mongiardo when he became Lt. Governor.
  35. ^ Two Republicans, Milward Dedman Jr. and Melvin Henley, switch parties to Democrat. Political Switch Hitters
  36. ^ A Democrat filled the vacancy left by Brett Guthrie when he became a Congressman.
  37. ^ A Democrat filled the vacancy left by Charlie Borders when he was appointed to the Kentucky Public Service Commission by Gov. Beshear.
  38. ^ State Rep. Wade Hurt (R-Louisville) announced his becoming a Democrat on April 22, 2011.
  39. ^ Resigned to accept an appointed to the position of Deputy Assistant to the President and White House Director of Intergovernmental Affairs.
  40. ^ A Republican filled the vacancy left by John A. Arnold when he resigned over sexual harassment allegations.
  41. ^ A Republican filled the vacancy left by Walt Blevins when he became Judge-Executive of Rowan County.
  42. ^ Two Democratic representatives switched parties to Republican in late 2015/early 2016 and Democrats picked up one seat in a set of March 2016 special elections. Democrats retain control of Kentucky House
  43. ^ Democrat Linda H. Belcher won a special election on February 20, 2018 for House District 49, which had been left vacant after the suicide of the previous incumbent Dan Johnson, who had been accused of sexual misconduct with a minor. [2]
  44. ^ Republican Philip Wheeler won a special election to fill the vacancy left by Sen. Ray Jones (D-31). [3]