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State Commerce Secretary David Kerr leaves for Missouri

TOPEKA – Kansas Secretary of Commerce David Kerr is crossing the state line to serve as Missouri's Secretary of Economic Development, the governor's office announced on Thursday.

Kerr joined the department two years ago.

Gov. Mark Parkinson, a Democrat, praise Kerr's leadership during difficult economic times.

"Despite the global recession, he led our state to a record $12.47 billion in exports, marking the fourth straight year Kansas has achieved an all-time high in export growth," Parkinson said in a written statement.

The governor's office said he would announce his nominee for Commerce Secretary on Friday morning.