03/22/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

If Sebelius Leaves, Will Someone Keep Up The Coal Fight In Kansas?

A departure by Sebelius would make her lieutenant governor, Mark Parkinson, the new guv. From his official bio, we learn that Parkinson entered Kansas politics as a Republican in 1990, served in the state House from 1991 to 1992, and the state Senate from 1993 to 1997. He was chairman of the Kansas Republican Party from 1999 to 2003. In May 2006, Parkinson switched to the Democratic Party, and the following day Sebelius announced that would serve as her running-mate.

Parkinson is the the co-chair of the Kansas Energy Council, sometimes referred to as the state's "energy czar," and it appears that Parkinson has stood with her in the coal fight.

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