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The executive branch offices exist to enforce or carry out the laws enacted by the legislative branch. The leadership of six elected statewide officers carries out the duties of the Kansas executive branch. Four of the executive officers are established by the Kansas Constitution. The Kansas governor is the highest elected official, and the other three constitutional executive officers are the lieutenant governor (elected as a pair with the governor), the secretary of state and the attorney general. The state treasurer and the commissioner of insurance are elected statewide as established by state statutes.

All offices in the executive branch are either directly or indirectly controlled by one of the statewide elected officials, or are special agencies created by the Legislature to function independently within state government. Major state agencies are headed by cabinet-level secretaries, who are appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the governor.

The structure of the executive branch has evolved over the years to its present form. Governors and legislators have made changes as necessary through executive reorganization orders, constitutional amendments and legislation. In recent years, the efficiency of state government has been increased by combining similar agencies and abolishing antiquated, unnecessary ones.

Current elected officials serving in the executive branch:


  • Sam Brownback
  • Republican
  • Re-elected in 2014
Sam Brownback

Lieutenant Governor

  • Jeff Colyer
  • Republican
  • Re-elected in 2014
Jeff Colyer

Secretary of State

  • Kris Kobach
  • Republican
  • Re-elected in 2014
Kris Kobach

Attorney General

  • Derek Schmidt
  • Republican
  • Re-elected in 2014
Derek Schmidt

State Treasurer

  • Ron Estes
  • Republican
  • Re-elected in 2014
Ron Estes

Insurance Commissioner

  • Ken Selzer
  • Republican
  • Elected in 2014
Ken Selzer