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Political party strength in Kentucky

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 William McDowell[1]
1797 James Garrard (DR) [2]
1801 Alexander Scott Bullitt (DR)
1805 Christopher Greenup (DR) John Caldwell (DR)[3]
1806 Thomas Posey (DR)
1809 Charles Scott (DR) Gabriel Slaughter (DR)
1813 Isaac Shelby (DR) Richard Hickman (DR)
George Madison (DR)[4] Gabriel Slaughter (DR)
Gabriel Slaughter (DR)[5] vacant John Madison
1820 Peter Clay
1821 John Adair (DR) William T. Barry (DR) Ben Shelby
1825 Joseph Desha (DR) Robert B. McAfee (DR)
1829 Thomas Metcalfe (NR) John Breathitt (NR)
1833 John Breathitt (D)[4] James Turner Morehead (D)
James Turner Morehead (NR)[5] vacant Thomas Scudder Page
1837 James Clark (W)[4] Charles A. Wickliffe (W)
Charles A. Wickliffe (W)[5] vacant
1841 Robert P. Letcher (W) Manlius Valerius Thomson (W)
1845 William Owsley (W) Archibald Dixon (W)
1847 H. Q. Bradley
1849 John J. Crittenden (W)[6] John L. Helm (W) John B. Temple
John L. Helm (W)[5] vacant James A. Barbour
1852 Lazarus W. Powell (D) John Burton Thompson (D) Thomas Scudder Page (W)
1856 Charles S. Morehead (A) James Greene Hardy (A) Thomas Scudder Page (A)
1860 Beriah Magoffin (D)[7] Linn Boyd (D)[4] Grant Green (D)
1861 vacant
James F. Robinson (D)[8]
1864 Thomas E. Bramlette (D) Richard Taylor Jacob (D) A. T. Samuels (D)
1866 20D, 18R 60D, 40R
John L. Helm (D)[4] John W. Stevenson (D) D. Howard Smith (D)
1868 John W. Stevenson (D)[9][10] vacant 28D, 7R, 3 Union Dem. 70D, 25R
1870 36D, 2R 92D, 8R
Preston H. Leslie (D)[11] John G. Carlisle (D)
1872 35D, 3R 88D, 12R
1874 31D, 7R 80D, 20R
1876 James B. McCreary (D) John C. Underwood (D) 32D, 6R 89D, 11R
1878 37D, 1R 87D, 13R
1880 Luke P. Blackburn (D) James E. Cantrill (D) Fayette Hewitt (D)[12] 34D, 4R 80D, 20R
1882 26D, 8R, 4G 72D, 20R, 4G
1884 J. Proctor Knott (D) James R. Hindman (D) 33D, 5R 89D, 11R
1886 35D, 3R 80D, 20R
1888 Simon Bolivar Buckner, Sr. (D) James William Bryan (D) 32D, 6R 70D, 25R, 3 Proh., 2 Lab.
1890 L. C. Norman 31D, 7R 86D, 14R
1892 John Y. Brown (D) Mitchell Cary Alford (D) 27D, 11R 73D, 22R, 5P
1893 William Lindsay (D)
1894 76D, 22R, 2P
1896 William O. Bradley (R) William Jackson Worthington (R) Sam H. Stone (R) 22D, 16R 52R, 46D, 1P, 1 Ind. Prog.
1898 27D, 11R 73D, 25R, 2P
1900 William S. Taylor (R)[13] John Marshall (R) Samuel Hager (D) John S. Sweeny 26D, 12R 60D, 40R
William Goebel (D)[13] J. C. W. Beckham (D) Gus G. Coulter
J. C. W. Beckham (D)[14] vacant
1901 Joseph Clay Stiles Blackburn (D)
1902 25D, 13R 73D, 26R, 1ID
1904 William P. Thorne (D) Samuel Hager (D) 31D, 7R 77D, 23R
1906 73D, 27R
1907 Thomas H. Paynter (D)
1908 Augustus E. Willson (R) William Hopkinson Cox (R) Frank P. Jones 22D, 16R 51D, 49R
1910 26D, 12R 73D, 27R
1912 James B. McCreary (D) Edward J. McDermott (D) Henry Bosworth 32D, 6R 76D, 24R Woodrow Wilson and Thomas R. Marshall
1913 Ollie Murray James (D)[4]
1914 25D, 13R 79D, 20R, 1 Fus.
1916 Augustus O. Stanley (D)[10] James D. Black (D) Marvel M. Logan (D) Robert L. Greene (D) 28D, 10R 64D, 36R
1918 24D, 14R 60D, 40R
George B. Martin (D)
James D. Black (D)[5] vacant Thomas Martin Jones[15] Augustus Owsley Stanley (D)
1920 Edwin P. Morrow (R) S. Thruston Ballard (R) Charles I. Dawson (R) John J. Craig[16] 20D, 18R 55R, 45D James M. Cox and Franklin D. Roosevelt
1922 68D, 32R
1924 William J. Fields (D) Henry Denhardt (D) 25D, 13R 67D, 32R, 1I Calvin Coolidge and Charles G. Dawes
1925 Frederic M. Sackett (R)
1926 26D, 12R 65D, 35R
1928 Flem D. Sampson (R) James Breathitt, Jr. (D) 24D, 14R 62D, 38R Herbert Hoover and Charles Curtis (R)
1930 66D, 34R John M. Robsion (D)
Ben M. Williamson (D)
1931 M.M. Logan (D)[4]
1932 Ruby Laffoon (D) Happy Chandler (D) 26D, 12R 74D, 26R Franklin D. Roosevelt and John Nance Garner
1934 70D, 30R
1936 Happy Chandler (D)[17] Keen Johnson (D) 66D, 34R
1938 28D, 10R 76D, 24R
Keen Johnson (D)[9] Rodes K. Myers (D)
1940 29D, 9R 73D, 27R Happy Chandler (D) Franklin D. Roosevelt and Henry A. Wallace (D)
1942 75D, 25R
1944 Simeon S. Willis (R) Kenneth H. Tuggle (R) Eldon S. Dummit (R) 23D, 15R 57D, 43R Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman (D)
1946 21D, 17R 69D, 31R William A. Stanfill (R)
1947 John Sherman Cooper (R)
1948 Earle C. Clements (D) Lawrence W. Wetherby (D)[10] 29D, 9R 75D, 25R Harry S. Truman and Alben W. Barkley (D)
1949 Virgil Chapman (D)[4]
1950 76D, 24R
1951 Lawrence W. Wetherby (D)[9] vacant Thomas R. Underwood (D)
1952 Emerson Beauchamp (D) Charles K. O'Connell (D) 28D, 10R 73D, 27R Adlai Stevenson and John Sparkman (D)
1953 John Sherman Cooper (R)
1954 29D, 9R 79D, 21R
1955 Alben Barkley (D)[4]
1956 Happy Chandler (D) Harry Lee Waterfield (D) Thelma Stovall (D) Henry H. Carter (D) 30D, 8R 77D, 23R Robert Humphreys (D) Dwight D. Eisenhower and Richard M. Nixon (R)
1957 John Sherman Cooper (R)
1958 29D, 9R 75D, 25R
1960 Bert T. Combs (D) Wilson Wyatt (D) Henry H. Carter (D) John Bayne Breckinridge (D) Thelma Stovall (D) 30D, 8R 80D, 20R Richard M. Nixon and Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. (R)
1962 29D, 9R 74D, 26R
1964 Edward T. Breathitt (D) Harry Lee Waterfield (D) Thelma Stovall (D) Emerson Beauchamp (D) 25D, 13R 63D, 37R Lyndon B. Johnson and Hubert H. Humphrey (D)
1966 26D, 12R 64D, 36R
1968 Louie B. Nunn (R) Wendell H. Ford (D) Elmer Begley (R)[4] John Bayne Breckinridge (D) Thelma Stovall (D) 24D, 14R 59D, 41R Richard M. Nixon and Spiro Agnew (R)
1970 71D, 29R
1971 Ken Harper (R)[18]
1972 Wendell H. Ford (D)[10] Julian Carroll (D) Thelma Stovall (D) Drexell R. Davis (D) 27D, 11R 73D, 27R
1973 Walter D. Huddleston(D) 5D, 2R
1974 29D, 9R 80D, 20R Wendell H. Ford (D)
1975 Julian Carroll (D)[9] vacant
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)
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 George H. W. Bush (R)
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[19] Mitch McConnell (R)
1987 29D, 9R[19] 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)[20] George H. W. Bush and Dan Quayle (R)
1989 71D, 29R
1991 vacant 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)
1993 24D, 14R[21] 71D, 29R[22] 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[23] 5R, 1D
1999 66D, 34R Jim Bunning (R)
2000 Jonathan Miller (D) 20R, 18D[24] Dick Cheney (R)
2001 64D, 36R
2003 21R, 17D 65D, 35R
2004 Ernie Fletcher (R) Steve Pence (R) Trey Grayson (R)[25] Greg Stumbo (D) Crit Luallen (D) Richie Farmer (R) 4R, 2D
2005 21R, 15D, 1I, 1VC[26] 57D, 43R 5R, 1D
2006 21R, 16D, 1I[27]
2007 61D, 39R 4R, 2D
2008 Steve Beshear (D) Daniel Mongiardo (D) Jack Conway (D) Todd Hollenbach (D) 22R, 15D, 1I[28] 63D, 37R John McCain and Sarah Palin (R)
2009 21R, 16D, 1I[29] 65D, 35R
2010 20R, 17D, 1I[30]
2011 Elaine Walker (D) 22R, 15D, 1I 59D, 41R[31] Rand Paul (R)
2012 Jerry Abramson (D)[32] Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) Adam Edelen (D) James Comer (R) Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan (R)
2013 23R, 14D, 1I 55D, 45R 5R, 1D
2014 54D, 46R[33]
2015 Crit Luallen (D) 26R, 12D
27R, 11D[34]
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
Executive offices General Assembly United States Congress

See also


  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. ^ Died from "inflammation of the brain" while presiding over the state Senate during his first year as lieutenant governor.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Died in office.
  5. ^ a b c d e As lieutenant governor, filled unexpired term.
  6. ^ Resigned to take office as Attorney General of the United States.
  7. ^ Resigned due to his disagreement with the state legislature over the American Civil War; he espoused neutrality.
  8. ^ As president of the senate, filled unexpired term – at the time the previous governor resigned, as there was no lieutenant governor.
  9. ^ a b c d As lieutenant governor, filled unexpired term, and was later elected in his own right.
  10. ^ a b c d Resigned to take an elected seat in the United States Senate.
  11. ^ 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.
  12. ^ Resigned to accept the presidency of the State National Bank of Frankfort.
  13. ^ 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.
  14. ^ As lieutenant governor, filled unexpired term until elected to fill it in a special election.
  15. ^ As assistant state auditor, was appointed to fill vacancy.
  16. ^ Appointed by governor.
  17. ^ Resigned to take an appointed seat in the United States Senate.
  18. ^ Appointed to fill vacancy.
  19. ^ 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.
  20. ^ Resigned shortly before impeachment trial in the Kentucky Senate following criminal conviction for theft.
  21. ^ Harlan Daily Enterprise, "Incumbents on ballot fare well in legislative primaries across state," May 25, 1994
  22. ^ ibid.
  23. ^ A coalition of 5 Democrats and 18 Republicans formed to control the chamber. [1]
  24. ^ Senators Dan Seum and Bob Leeper switched parties from Democrat to Republican, giving the Republicans outright majority control.
  25. ^ Resigned to accept a position at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
  26. ^ 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.
  27. ^ After the Republican with residency issues resigned her seat, a Democrat filled the vacancy left by her is a special election.
  28. ^ A Republican filled the vacancy left by Daniel Mongiardo when he became Lt. Governor.
  29. ^ A Democrat filled the vacancy left by Brett Guthrie when he became a Congressman.
  30. ^ A Democrat filled the vacancy left by Charlie Borders when he was appointed to the Kentucky Public Service Commission by Gov. Beshear.
  31. ^ State Rep. Wade Hurt (R-Louisville) announced his becoming a Democrat on April 22, 2011.
  32. ^ Resigned to accept an appointed to the position of Deputy Assistant to the President and White House Director of Intergovernmental Affairs.
  33. ^ A Republican filled the vacancy left by John A. Arnold when he resigned over sexual harassment allegations.
  34. ^ A Republican filled the vacancy left by Walt Blevins when he became Judge-Executive of Rowan County.
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