By Chris Durden (TOPEKA, Kan.)
Longtime Kansas Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh is stepping down. His resignation is effective February 15th.
In announcing his resignation, Thornburgh said:
"It has been a tremendous honor and privilege to serve my fellow Kansans as Secretary of State for the last 15 years. My family and I have been very blessed by this opportunity. The support and friendships we have received from countless Kansans has been invaluable. Thank you to the voters and my staff for making this experience possible. I am very proud of my record and the many accomplishments throughout my years of public service,"
Governor Mark Parkinson released the following statement:
"Ron deserves our thanks for his many years of service to Kansas and for the past 15 years as our Secretary of State; I wish him all the best in his future endeavors. As I begin the process of finding our new Secretary of State, I am committed to naming a Kansan who can represent the office with honor and distinction while protecting and assisting Kansas voters and businesses."