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25-313. Commencement of terms of office. (a) Except as provided in subsection (b), the regular term of office of all state, district, county, township and municipal officers shall begin on the second Monday in January next after the election, except as otherwise provided by law.

(b) The regular term of office for all city officers shall begin on a date established by resolution of the city. The date shall be on or after December 1 following the certification of the election and no later than the second Monday in January following the certification of the election. If a city does not establish an alternative date for elected officials taking office, the term shall begin on the second Monday in January.

History: R.S. 1923, 25-313; L. 2019, ch. 20, § 1; July 1.

Source or prior law:

L. 1861, ch. 28, § 40; G. S. 1868, ch. 36, § 58; L. 1905, ch. 506, § 1.

Cross References to Related Sections:

Executive officers, state, Kansas Constitution, article 1, § 1.

Members of legislature, see 46-156; Kansas Constitution, article 2, § 2.

Attorney General's Opinions:

Procedure for filling vacancy in office of judge of the district court. 86-100.

District magistrate judges; election due to vacancy; length of term. 88-38.

Organization of county hospital boards. 88-168.

Elections to fill positions created by increase in number of county commission districts; commencement of term. 92-146.

Hospital board election; procedure; term of office. 93-150.

County hospital board; terms of office, election thereto; involvement of county commissioners. 2000-28.


1. Commencement of term of district judge. The State, ex rel. Goodin v. Thoman, 10 Kan. 191.

2. Constitutional provision applies only to regular term, not vacancies. Hagerty v. Arnold, 13 Kan. 367.

3. Section cited in considering term of person elected for unexpired term. Forrest v. Ryan, 126 Kan. 390, 392, 268 P. 101.

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