Political party strength in Kentucky
|This article is incomplete. (December 2014)|
- Lieutenant Governor
- Secretary of State
- Attorney General
- State Treasurer
- Auditor of Public Accounts
- Agriculture Commissioner
The table also indicates the historical party composition in the:
- State Senate
- State House of Representatives
- State delegation to the United States Senate
- State delegation to the United States House of Representatives
For years in which a presidential election was held, the table indicates which party's nominees received the state's electoral votes.
|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|
|1797||James Garrard (DR)||George Madison (DR)|
|1801||Alexander Scott Bullitt (DR)|
|1805||Christopher Greenup (DR)||John Caldwell (DR)|
|1806||Thomas Posey (DR)|
|1809||Charles Scott (DR)||Gabriel Slaughter (DR)|
|1813||Isaac Shelby (DR)||Richard Hickman (DR)|
|George Madison (DR)||Gabriel Slaughter (DR)|
|Gabriel Slaughter (DR)||vacant||John Madison|
|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)||James Turner Morehead (D)|
|James Turner Morehead (NR)||vacant||Thomas Scudder Page|
|1837||James Clark (W)||Charles A. Wickliffe (W)|
|Charles A. Wickliffe (W)||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)||John L. Helm (W)||John B. Temple|
|John L. Helm (W)||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)||Linn Boyd (D)||Grant Green (D)|
|James F. Robinson (D)|
|1864||Thomas E. Bramlette (D)||Richard Taylor Jacob (D)||A. T. Samuels (D)|
|John L. Helm (D)||John W. Stevenson (D)||D. Howard Smith (D)|
|1868||John W. Stevenson (D)||vacant|
|Preston H. Leslie (D)||John G. Carlisle (D)|
|1876||James B. McCreary (D)||John C. Underwood (D)|
|1880||Luke P. Blackburn (D)||James E. Cantrill (D)||Fayette Hewitt (D)|
|1884||J. Proctor Knott (D)||James R. Hindman (D)|
|1888||Simon Bolivar Buckner, Sr. (D)||James William Bryan (D)|
|1890||L. C. Norman|
|1892||John Y. Brown (D)||Mitchell Cary Alford (D)|
|1893||William Lindsay (D)|
|1896||William O. Bradley (R)||William Jackson Worthington (R)||Sam H. Stone (R)|
|1900||William S. Taylor (R)||John Marshall (R)||Samuel Hager (D)||John S. Sweeny|
|William Goebel (D)||J. C. W. Beckham (D)||Gus G. Coulter|
|J. C. W. Beckham (D)||vacant|
|1901||Joseph Clay Stiles Blackburn (D)|
|1904||William P. Thorne (D)||Samuel Hager (D)|
|1907||Thomas H. Paynter (D)|
|1908||Augustus E. Willson (R)||William Hopkinson Cox (R)||Frank P. Jones|
|1912||James B. McCreary (D)||Edward J. McDermott (D)||Henry Bosworth||Woodrow Wilson and Thomas R. Marshall|
|1913||Ollie Murray James (D)|
|1916||Augustus O. Stanley (D)||James D. Black (D)||Marvel M. Logan (D)||Robert L. Greene (D)|
|George B. Martin (D)|
|James D. Black (D)||vacant||Thomas Martin Jones||Augustus Owsley Stanley (D)|
|1920||Edwin P. Morrow (R)||S. Thruston Ballard (R)||Charles I. Dawson (R)||John J. Craig||James M. Cox and Franklin D. Roosevelt|
|1924||William J. Fields (D)||Henry Denhardt (D)||Calvin Coolidge and Charles G. Dawes|
|1925||Frederic M. Sackett (R)|
|1928||Flem D. Sampson (R)||James Breathitt, Jr. (D)||Herbert Hoover and Charles Curtis (R)|
|1930||John M. Robsion (D)|
|Ben M. Williamson (D)|
|1931||M.M. Logan (D)|
|1932||Ruby Laffoon (D)||Happy Chandler (D)||Franklin D. Roosevelt and John Nance Garner|
|1936||Happy Chandler (D)||Keen Johnson (D)|
|Keen Johnson (D)||Rodes K. Myers (D)|
|1940||Happy Chandler (D)||Franklin D. Roosevelt and Henry A. Wallace (D)|
|1944||Simeon S. Willis (R)||Kenneth H. Tuggle (R)||Eldon S. Dummit (R)||Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman (D)|
|1946||William A. Stanfill (R)|
|1947||John Sherman Cooper (R)|
|1948||Earle C. Clements (D)||Lawrence W. Wetherby (D)||Harry S. Truman and Alben W. Barkley (D)|
|1949||Virgil Chapman (D)|
|1951||Lawrence W. Wetherby (D)||vacant||Thomas R. Underwood (D)|
|1952||Emerson Beauchamp (D)||Charles K. O'Connell (D)||Adlai Stevenson and John Sparkman (D)|
|1953||John Sherman Cooper (R)|
|1955||Alben Barkley (D)|
|1956||Happy Chandler (D)||Harry Lee Waterfield (D)||Thelma Stovall (D)||Henry H. Carter (D)||Robert Humphreys (D)||Dwight D. Eisenhower and Richard M. Nixon (R)|
|1957||John Sherman Cooper (R)|
|1960||Bert T. Combs (D)||Wilson Wyatt (D)||Henry H. Carter (D)||John Bayne Breckinridge (D)||Thelma Stovall (D)||Richard M. Nixon and Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. (R)|
|1964||Edward T. Breathitt (D)||Harry Lee Waterfield (D)||Thelma Stovall (D)||Emerson Beauchamp (D)||Lyndon B. Johnson and Hubert H. Humphrey (D)|
|1968||Louie B. Nunn (R)||Wendell H. Ford (D)||Elmer Begley (R)||John Bayne Breckinridge (D)||Thelma Stovall (D)||Richard M. Nixon and Spiro Agnew (R)|
|1971||Ken Harper (R)|
|1972||Wendell H. Ford (D)||Julian Carroll (D)||Thelma Stovall (D)||Drexell R. Davis (D)|
|1973||Walter D. Huddleston(D)||5D, 2R|
|1974||Wendell H. Ford (D)|
|1975||Julian Carroll (D)||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)||31D, 7R||Jimmy Carter and Walter Mondale (D)|
|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)||30D, 8R||Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush (R)|
|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)|
|1985||74D, 26R||Mitch McConnell (R)|
|1988||Wallace G. Wilkinson (D)||Brereton Jones (D)||Bremer Ehrler (D)||Fred Cowan (D)||Robert Mead (D)||Bob Babbage (D)||Ward "Butch" Burnette (D)||George H. W. Bush and Dan Quayle (R)|
|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||71D, 29R||4D, 2R|
|1995||24D, 14R||63D, 37R||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||64D, 36R||5R, 1D|
|1999||65D, 35R||Jim Bunning (R)|
|2000||Jonathan Miller (D)||20R, 18D||George W. Bush and Dick Cheney (R)|
|2003||21R, 17D||65D, 35R|
|2004||Ernie Fletcher (R)||Steve Pence (R)||Trey Grayson (R)||Greg Stumbo (D)||Crit Luallen (D)||Richie Farmer (R)||4R, 2D|
|2005||21R, 15D, 1I, 1VC||57D, 43R||5R, 1D|
|2006||21R, 16D, 1I|
|2007||61D, 39R||4R, 2D|
|2008||Steve Beshear (D)||Daniel Mongiardo (D)||Jack Conway (D)||Todd Hollenbach (D)||22R, 15D, 1I||63D, 37R||John McCain and Sarah Palin (R)|
|2009||21R, 16D, 1I||65D, 35R|
|2010||20R, 17D, 1I|
|2011||Elaine Walker (D)||22R, 15D, 1I||59D, 41R||Rand Paul (R)|
|2012||Jerry Abramson (D)||Alison Lundergan Grimes (D)||Adam Edelen (D)||James Comer (R)||Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan (R)|
|2013||23R, 14D, 1I||55D, 45R||5R, 1D|
|2015||Crit Luallen (D)||26R, 12D|
|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|
- 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.
- Resigned in order to run for governor.
- Died from "inflammation of the brain" while presiding over the state Senate during his first year as lieutenant governor.
- Died in office.
- As lieutenant governor, filled unexpired term.
- Resigned to take office as Attorney General of the United States.
- Resigned due to his disagreement with the state legislature over the American Civil War; he espoused neutrality.
- As president of the senate, filled unexpired termTemplate:Spaced ndashat the time the previous governor resigned, as there was no lieutenant governor.
- As lieutenant governor, filled unexpired term, and was later elected in his own right.
- Resigned to take an elected seat in the United States Senate.
- 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.
- Resigned to accept the presidency of the State National Bank of Frankfort.
- 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.
- As lieutenant governor, filled unexpired term until elected to fill it in a special election.
- As assistant state auditor, was appointed to fill vacancy.
- Appointed by governor.
- Resigned to take an appointed seat in the United States Senate.
- Appointed to fill vacancy.
- 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.
- Resigned shortly before impeachment trial in the Kentucky Senate following criminal conviction for theft.
- Harlan Daily Enterprise, "Incumbents on ballot fare well in legislative primaries across state," May 25, 1994
- A coalition of 5 Democrats and 18 Republicans formed to control the chamber. 
- Senators Dan Seum and Bob Leeper switched parties from Democrat to Republican, giving the Republicans outright majority control.
- 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.
- After the Republican with residency issues resigned her seat, a Democrat filled the vacancy left by her is a special election.
- A Republican filled the vacancy left by Daniel Mongiardo when he became Lt. Governor.
- A Democrat filled the vacancy left by Brett Guthrie when he became a Congressman.
- A Democrat filled the vacancy left by Charlie Borders when he was appointed to the Kentucky Public Service Commission by Gov. Beshear.
- State Rep. Wade Hurt (R-Louisville) announced his becoming a Democrat on April 22, 2011.
- A Republican filled the vacancy left by John A. Arnold when he resigned over sexual harassment allegations.
- A Republican filled the vacancy left by Walt Blevins when he became Judge-Executive of Rowan County.