Parkinson to announce appointment of new Kansas lieutenant governor

TOPEKA | Gov. Mark Parkinson plans to name a new lieutenant governor at a news conference this afternoon.

Spokeswoman Beth Martino declined to say who the governor will appoint, but said the choice will be in keeping with Parkinson's desire to promote the state's economic recovery.

Parkinson was lieutenant governor and was elevated to governor April 28, when Kathleen Sebelius resigned to become U.S. health and human services secretary.

One question for Parkinson's fellow Democrats is whether the new lieutenant governor will run for governor in 2010. Parkinson already has said he won't.

He has said he will name a Democrat. Parkinson is a former Kansas Republican Party chairman who switched parties to run on Sebelius' re-election ticket in 2006.