William Preston Graves (1995-2003)

Bill Graves was the state's 43rd governor. Born in January 9, 1953, in Salina, Graves was elected Kansas Secretary of State in 1990. He defeated Jim Slattery, a Democratic Congressman, in his race for governor in 1994. Graves was re-elected four years later with one of the largest margins in Kansas history.

Governor biographies courtesy of the Kansas Historical Society.