Archive for Saturday, July 22, 2000

Lieutenant governor sets record

July 22, 2000


— Gary Sherrer is now the Cal Ripken Jr. of Kansas lieutenant governors.

On Friday, Sherrer had been on the job for 1,464 days -- one day longer than the four-year term or two, two-year terms for 15 others who held the state's No. 2 job.

Sherrer became lieutenant governor because of former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole.

When Dole resigned his Senate seat in 1996 to concentrate on his campaign as the Republican presidential nominee, Gov. Bill Graves appointed Lt. Gov. Sheila Frahm to Dole's seat. In July 1996, Graves appointed Sherrer, his secretary of commerce and housing, to replace Frahm. Sherrer kept the cabinet job.

In 1998, Sherrer was Graves' running mate when the governor won re-election.

Until 1974, lieutenant governors were elected separately from the governor for two-year terms. After that, they campaigned on a ticket with the governor for a four-year term.

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