Sebelius sworn in to Cabinet, Parkinson becomes Kansas governor

DAVID GOLDSTEIN and DAVID KLEPPER Kansas City Star 04/28/2009 11:36 PM
Sebelius sworn in to Cabinet, Parkinson becomes Kansas governor - USA - Kathleen Sebelius - politics - Kansas - Mark Parkinson

Kansas has a new governor and the nation has a new top health official. Former Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius was sworn in as health and human services secretary as President Barack Obama held the Bible at a White House ceremony Tuesday night.

The appointment places her at the forefront of the administration’s efforts to combat the sudden, worrisome spread of swine flu, and also the administration’s highly touted campaign to overhaul America’s health-care system.

Obama said he was thrilled to have Sebelius in his administration.

“We wanted to swear her in right away because we’ve got a lot of health challenges,” the president said. “We need all hands on deck. I expect her to hit the ground running. She is the right person at the right time for the job.”

Lt. Gov. Mark Parkinson, a Democrat from Olathe, immediately became Kansas’ 45th governor upon Sebelius’ resignation, which coincided with her Senate confirmation vote earlier in the day.


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