Mark Parkinson, who is expected to become the next Kansas governor soon, was a Republican state representative and senator for six years in the Johnson County legislative delegation.
He ran for the Kansas House in 1990 and then was elected to a four-year term in the state Senate two years later.
If Gov. Kathleen Sebelius is confirmed as a member of President Barack Obama’s Cabinet, the 51-year-old Parkinson, now a Democrat, will move from lieutenant governor to the state’s top job.
What was Parkinson’s record during those early years as a public servant representing an Olathe legislative district?
During Parkinson’s first two years in the House, he worked closely with another Olathe lawmaker, former Rep. Vince Snowbarger.
In the 1990 election, Democrats swept to power in that legislative chamber. Snowbarger, Parkinson and other Republicans found themselves in the minority during the 1991 and 1992 sessions.