Sebelius Picks State Labor Official as Spokeswoman

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ A deputy labor secretary will become Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' new spokeswoman.

Sebelius announced Thursday that Beth Martino will become her communications director and press secretary, starting Jan. 26.

Martino will replace Nicole Corcoran, who's been spokeswoman since Sebelius took office in January 2003.

Corcoran is leaving to become chief of staff at the University of Kansas Athletics Department.

Martino has been a deputy secretary since 2007. Before that, she was the Department of Labor's director of marketing and communications.

Her husband, Steve, is the executive director of the state Racing and Gaming Commission.

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