Mark Parkinson

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Mark V. Parkinson (born June 24, 1957 in Wichita, Kansas) is currently the Governor of Kansas and member of the Democratic Party. Previously a Republican, he switched parties in 2006 to run for Lieutenant Governor under Kathleen Sebelius. He assumed office as Sebelius' successor in April 2009 after being nominated by President Obama to serve as Secretary of Health and Human Services. Parkinson has stated he will not seek a full term in the 2010 election.