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.