Mark Parkinson, an attorney and former state legislator from Olathe, became the state's 45th governor when he assumed that position upon the resignation of Governor Sebelius, April 28, 2009. The one-time chairman of the Kansas Republican Party changed his party affiliation to Democratic in 2006, joined the Sebelius ticket, and became lieutenant governor in January 2007.
Governor Parkinson is only the third Kansas lieutenant governor to take over as chief executive upon the resignation of a governor and only the sixth ever to fill the state's highest office. He did not seek election at the end of his term.
Governor biographies courtesy of the Kansas Historical Society.