The 1996 United States Senate election in Kansas was held November 3, 1996, concurrently with the presidential election and the regularly scheduled election for the state's Class 2 seat. Incumbent Republican U.S. Senator and Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, the Republican nominee for president, had resigned on June 11, 1996 in order to focus on his presidential campaign. Lieutenant Governor Sheila Frahm was appointed to the seat upon Dole's resignation, but she was defeated in the primary by Congressman Sam Brownback, who went on to win the general election.
Brownback was elected to a full term in 1998, and was re-elected to a second full term in 2004. In 2010, Brownback was elected Governor, and won a second term in 2014. He resigned as governor on January 31, 2018 to accept an ambassadorship and was succeeded by Lieutenant Governor Jeff Colyer.
Brownback's seat is now held by Jerry Moran, a U.S. Representative from Kansas' 1st district for seven terms (1997-2011).
Docking was the running mate of the Democratic nominee, state senator Paul Davis, in the 2014 election.