Kathleen Sebelius has resigned as Kansas governor after winning confirmation as U.S. health and human services secretary.
The Democrat’s resignation late Tuesday afternoon automatically elevated Lt. Gov. Mark Parkinson to governor. Parkinson is a former Kansas Republican Party chairman who switched parties in 2006 to be Sebelius’ running mate.
Sebelius spokeswoman Seth Bundy says Sebelius will travel to Washington to be sworn in as secretary.
Sebelius submitted a letter of resignation to the Kansas secretary of state before Tuesday’s vote. The letter took effect upon the 65-31 U.S. Senate vote approving her appointment by President Barack Obama.
Her office also announced that Parkinson would be sworn in as governor Tuesday evening.
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1. Officials turn the Eiffel Tower lights off, as Paris goes dark following multiple terror attacks.
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2. Victims lie on the ground after an attack on Rue Bichat in Central Paris.
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3. A young woman cries at a vigil held by a local French community in Sydney.
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4. A single rose following multiple terror attacks in the French city of Paris.
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5. Players and officials have a moment of silence for victims during the Newcastle v. Central Coast round 6 A-league match.
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6. Workers wash blood off of the floor outside of Le Carillon bar.
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7. Workers wash blood off the floor outside of Le Carillon bar.
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8. A woman sends her love.
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9. Two friends hug in the wake of multiple terror attacks in Paris.
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10. Residents leave flowers for victims and their loved ones.
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11. At least 127 people were left dead following multiple terror attacks in Paris on Friday.
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12. Residents leave flowers for victims and their loved ones.
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13. Blood from the scene following the Bataclan Theatre attack.
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