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LINCOLN DAYS: Elaine Walker, Secretary of State, to be grand marshal for parade

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Kentucky Secretary of State Elaine Nogay Walker is the 2011 grand marshal for the Lincoln Days parade.

Walker was appointed to her position in January to fill the unexpired term of Secretary of State Trey Grayson. She previously served as the 39th mayor of Bowling Green, being elected to the post in November of 2004. She became the first mayor in the city's history to be elected to two successive terms.

Walker has been elected to numerous positions, including chair of the Women Mayors of America's Cities in the U. S. Conference of Mayors, Board of Trustees for the U. S. Conference of Mayors and chair of the International Relations Committee.

She served as president of the Kentucky League of Cities in 2010 and treasurer of the Barren River Area Development District.

Gov. Steve Beshear appointed Walker to serve on the Kentucky Public Transportation Infrastructure Authority and on the Kentucky Climate Action Plan Council.  As mayor, she was also designated by MSNBC as one of the nation's 15 Greenest Mayors.

She has been married for 33 years to C. Dorian Walker, a decorated Vietnam veteran and film and television producer and director. They have two children, daughter, Erin, currently pursuing her MBA program at Columbia Business School, and son, Evan, a Project Engineer with Turner Universal.

Walker is the daughter of a World War II decorated Air Force bomber pilot and career military officer, William Nogay and his wife of 65 years, Mary Nogay.