Gov. Mark Parkinson has scheduled a news
conference to name a new secretary of state to replace Republican
Parkinson's office said the new secretary will be named at 10:30
Thornburgh, a four-term Republican, resigned Feb. 15 to become a
senior vice president for Olathe-based NIC Inc., which builds and
manages government Web sites.
Assistant Secretary of State Janet Chubb has been in charge of
the office since Thornburgh's resignation.
The Kansas Constitution requires the governor to replace a
statewide elected official to finish an unexpired term. Kansans
will elect a new secretary of state in November.
Parkinson, a Democrat, isn't bound by Thornburgh's party
affiliation and could name a Democrat to fill the vacancy. The
appointment doesn't require legislative approval.