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Apr 26

Kansas Women in Elected State Offices, 1919-2019

Posted on April 26, 2019 at 9:08 AM by Bill Sowers

One hundred years ago two women took the oath of office in Kansas as the first women elected to state level positions in the state.  Lorraine (Lizzie) Wooster was sworn in as the State Superintendent of Public Instruction and Minnie J. Grinstead of Liberal took her seat in the Kansas Legislature's House of Representatives.  An added bit of trivia... Lizzie Wooster ran against two other women (Elizabeth Warning and Ella Baldwin Stokes) for State Superintendent of Public Instruction assuring the election of a woman to that office. 

From then on the number of women elected to state offices has slowly risen to 46 women total in the State Legislature (32 in the House; 14 in the Senate), a woman governor (Laura Kelly), and a woman insurance commissioner (Vicki Schmidt) in 2019.

The State Library of Kansas' KGI Online Library has a listing of women holding statewide elected positions in Kansas and women who have served in the Kansas Legislature during these past 100 years.  This publication lists years of service, name, city/county of residence, legislative district (where applicable) and political party for those who serve/served in the Legislature.

You can view this publication here:

Women in Elected State Offices Kansas 1919-2019

A list of women and men Kansas legislators (1861-2019) with basic biographical information for many of them is online at:

Kansas Legislators Past and Present