Political Science & Legal Studies
Docking Lecture Series
The Docking Lectures on Leadership and Public Affairs are underwritten by William Docking of Arkansas City, Thomas Docking of Wichita, and Union State Bank. The Docking family has played a prominent role in Kansas government and politics for over half a century. In 1956, George Docking was elected governor of Kansas. He served two terms, leaving office in 1961. His son, Robert Docking, was elected governor in 1966 and served four terms, more than any other Kansas governor, leaving office in 1975. Robert Docking’s sons have continued the family’s commitment to public service. William Docking was appointed to the Kansas Board of Regents in 1995, and served as its chair. Thomas Docking was lieutenant governor of Kansas from 1983 to 1987, during the governorship of John Carlin. His wife, Jill Docking, ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate in 1996. She now is vice chair of the Kansas Board of Regents.