Sheila Frahm

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Sheila Frahm
United States Senator
from Kansas
In office
June 11, 1996 – November 7, 1996
Appointed byBill Graves
Preceded byBob Dole
Succeeded bySam Brownback
44th Lieutenant Governor of Kansas
In office
January 9, 1995 – June 11, 1996
GovernorBill Graves
Preceded byJim Francisco
Succeeded byGary Sherrer
Member of the Kansas Senate
from the 40th district
In office
January 9, 1989 – January 9, 1995
Preceded byRichard Gannon
Succeeded byStan Clark
Personal details
Sheila Sloan

(1945-03-22) March 22, 1945 (age 76)
Colby, Kansas, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Kenneth Frahm
EducationFort Hays State University (BA)
University of Texas at Austin

Sheila Sloan Frahm (born March 22, 1945) is an American politician who served in the U.S. Senate as a Republican from Kansas for a brief period in 1996.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Frahm was born in Colby, Kansas. She was appointed to the Kansas state Board of Education in 1985 and was re-elected in 1986. In 1988, she was appointed to the position of vice-president.[2] Frahm was a member of the Kansas State Senate from 1989 to 1995. She became the first woman to be given the title of majority leader of the Kansas Senate when she was elected in 1993.[2] Frahm was the 44th Lieutenant Governor of Kansas from 1995 to 1996. While serving as lieutenant governor, Frahm also served as the state's Secretary of Administration.

She was appointed by Governor Bill Graves to the Senate on June 11, 1996 to replace Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, who resigned from the Senate to devote all of his time to his Presidential campaign.[1] During her time in the Senate, Frahm voted with the Republican party 92.9% of the time.[3] The Senate average was 87.5%.[3] Frahm ran in the special election to succeed him, but she was defeated for the Republican nomination by first-term US Representative Sam Brownback. Brownback went on to win the November 1996 election, and immediately took office.


Frahm is an Honorary Chair of Women for Kansas.[4] She moved back to Colby, Kansas, and became the executive director of the Kansas Association of Community College Trustees. For the 2018 gubernatorial election, Frahm joined many other high-profile Republican current and former legislators and politicians in endorsing the Democratic candidate, and eventual victor, Laura Kelly.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Frahm in Congress". Congressional Directory.
  2. ^ a b "Sheila Frahm". Women In Congress. House. Archived from the original on January 1, 2012. Retrieved March 15, 2012.
  3. ^ a b "Voting Statistics for Sheila Frahm". The Political Guide. The Political Guide. Retrieved 15 March 2012.
  4. ^ "Honorary Chairs". Women for Kansas. Archived from the original on October 13, 2014. Retrieved October 8, 2014.
  5. ^ "Laura Kelly touts growing list of Republican support". WIBW. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
Political offices
Preceded by
Jim Francisco
Lieutenant Governor of Kansas
Succeeded by
Gary Sherrer
U.S. Senate
Preceded by
Bob Dole
United States Senator (Class 3) from Kansas
Served alongside: Nancy Kassebaum
Succeeded by
Sam Brownback