Wife: Britainy; 2 Children: Will, Lila
JD, University of Virginia School of Law, 2003
BA, Political Science/Anthropolgy, Vanderbilt University, 2000
Governor, Commonwealth of Kentucky, 2019-present
Attorney General, Commonwealth of Kentucky, 2016-2019
Lawyer, Stites & Harbison
Former Employee, White & Case
Deacon, Beargrass Christian Church, present
Member, Kentucky Governor's Scholars Program, Board of Directors, present
Board Member, Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky, present
Former Member, Audit Committee of Greater Louisville, Incorporated
Former Member, Louisville's Chamber of Commerce
Former Member, Louisville Science Center Board
Former Member, Louisville Zoo's Glacier Run Project
Former Member, Spalding University Board of Trustees
Former Member, University Of Louisville Board Of Overseers
Co-Chair, Host Committee, 2010 Fédération Equestre Internationale World Equestrian Games, 2010
"Best Lawyers in America", Lawyer Monthly;
"Rising Star", SuperLawyers and Benchmark Litigation;
"Forty Under 40", Business First of Louisville's, 2010
Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky
Strengthening Public Education
I believe in a Kentucky where we fully fund every public school and make sure every child has a shot at the American dream—regardless of zip code or family income. It’s a disgrace that some of our kids read from ten-year-old text books held together with duct tape. I’m proud to be the only candidate with an active educator on the ticket in Jacqueline Coleman. Strong public schools will help us attract companies who want to invest in Kentucky and allow our children to pursue their dreams without having to move away.
Affordable Health Care
Health care is a basic human right. All Kentuckians, no matter where they live or how much they earn, deserve access to affordable health care. I’m currently fighting against a federal court ruling which would eliminate mandatory coverage for pre-existing conditions and could eliminate health coverage for 1.3 million Kentuckians — costing Kentucky in both money and lives. Also, on my first day as governor, I will halt Governor Bevin’s effort to throw thousands of families off the Medicaid program. Learn more
Under Matt Bevin, Kentucky is near the bottom in the nation for job and wage growth. I will work every day to bring good-paying jobs that enable our hardworking men and women to raise their families. My vision for growing our economy doesn’t depend on massive give-aways for wealthy out-of-state CEOs like we’ve seen from Matt Bevin. We should be investing in our workforce and focusing on the areas in which Kentucky is uniquely positioned to lead, like agritech, automation, data analytics and healthcare.
We’ve made a promise to our teachers, police officers, firefighters and other public employees that they’ll be able to retire with dignity, and under my watch, Kentucky will keep that promise. When this governor tried to slash pensions, I went to the Supreme Court and personally argued for the promised pensions of more than 200,000 teachers, police officers, firefighters, EMS, social workers and nearly all city and county employees in Kentucky. Our public servants go to work everyday to keep our communities safe, educate tomorrow’s leaders—our children—or put themselves in harm’s way. The least we can do is protect the promised pension benefits they have paid into during their years of service.
Honesty and Openness
I believe that all candidates for governor and lieutenant governor must embrace full transparency. That’s why I became the first sitting Kentucky attorney general to release my taxes outside of an election year. I have released my tax returns for three straight years— including my 2018 returns in February—and Jacqueline has released her 2017 and 2018 returns. As governor, I will fight corruption in state government by requiring all statewide officeholders to release their tax returns, banning state contractors from giving gifts to public officials and instituting term limits for state legislators.
For far too many Kentuckians, a college education is financially out of reach. And crushing student loans are burying many of those who do go to college under a mountain of debt. As attorney general, I’ve fought against unscrupulous for-profit colleges and secured over $5 million in restitution or debt relief for Kentucky students. And I stopped Matt Bevin when he tried to illegally cut the budgets of our universities and community colleges. As governor, I’ll fight to lower the costs of attending Kentucky’s public universities and community and technical colleges.
Criminal Justice Reform
In my first week as governor, I’ll sign an executive order that automatically restores voting rights for Kentuckians with felony convictions who have completed their sentences. I’m also committed to rooting out the bias and discrimination that exists in our criminal justice system, which leads to disproportionately high incarceration rates for people of color. I will continue to work to ensure that people suffering from addiction are sent to treatment instead of jail, while ensuring that drug traffickers receive appropriate punishment.
Diversity and Inclusiveness
I believe that our state government works best when people with a wide range of voices and backgrounds have a seat at the table. I’m proud to lead an AG’s office in which more than 60% of the leadership positions are held by women or people of color. As governor, my office and my cabinet will reflect the growing diversity of our great state.
Climate change is real, and Kentucky needs an all-the-above energy policy that includes renewables and clean-coal technology. At the same time, one of the biggest challenges our Kentucky families face, especially in the eastern part of the state, is that their energy bills go up year after year, while good jobs are hard to find and wages remain flat. Kentucky families shouldn’t have to choose between putting food on the table and paying their utility bills. Unfortunately, that’s a decision many families have to make. As attorney general over the last three years, my office has opposed dozens of utility bill hikes, and has helped save Kentucky families nearly $1.2 billion.
It’s wrong and absurd that women in Kentucky make significantly less than men for doing the same job. As the father of both a son and a daughter, this is personal for me. Kentuckians should not be paid different amounts just because of their sex. This is common sense and as governor I’ll work to eliminate this pay gap. Learn more
Kentucky can’t afford to fall behind our neighboring states who are moving forward with the rest of the country on expanded gaming. We lose out on hundreds of millions of dollars a year. As governor, I will work to legalize sports betting, casinos, fantasy sports and prepare for online poker, and use the revenue from these activities as a dedicated funding stream for our public pension system.
We must prepare our workforce for the 21st century in jobs well-suited for Kentucky in fields like agritech, automation, data analytics and healthcare; we can build an economy and workforce for the future. In a global economy, it’s vitally important that skills training continue after high school. As governor, I’ll promote apprenticeship training and work to ensure that Kentuckians can afford community college, technical school or college. In order to attract businesses to our state, we need an educated and highly-trained workforce.
I oppose so-called Right-To-Work (for less) laws that undermine workers’ rights, and every year as governor, I will support a bill to repeal this law and reinstate the prevailing wage law. Right-To-Work (for less) results in lower wages and fewer benefits for working families. Unlike this governor, who is dismissive of the struggles facing working families, I understand that our economy is stronger when working families make a truly living wage. As governor, my labor secretary will be a card-carrying union member.
I support the right of all Kentuckians to marry the person they love. Discrimination is wrong and it’s time to turn the page on a governor who seeks to divide us and demean those he disagrees with.
I support placing medical marijuana legalization on the ballot as a constitutional amendment and would vote in its favor. I would vote for it because I’ve seen the impact opioids have had on every Kentucky community. So many Kentucky families have seen a loved one fall into addiction, and their lives have been devastated. If medical marijuana is an alternative and gives people the chance to get pain relief without being subjected to opioids, I think it’s something we’ve got to explore.
I support the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v Wade. Women should be able to make their own reproductive healthcare decisions without interference from the government. I’ve repeatedly stood up to the legislature when they’ve tried to unconstitutionally undermine women’s rights, and I’ll continue to stand with Kentucky’s women as governor.
We lose 30 Kentuckians a week to the drug epidemic. Our state has been devastated by this crisis. I’m the most aggressive attorney general in the nation fighting opioid manufacturers and distributors in court. I’ve kept all nine lawsuits in Kentucky, because these companies should have to show up in the communities they’ve ravaged and explain themselves. So far, we’ve directed $9.5 million in settlements to 16 treatment centers and programs across the state. This is a fight I will continue every single day as governor.
I believe that our democracy is strongest when more Kentuckians are involved in the process. As Attorney General, I launched a voting rights unit to protect and fight for every Kentuckian’s right to vote. I also support the automatic restoration of voting rights for Kentuckians with a non-violent felony who have completed their sentences, and will sign an executive order doing so. We should implement automatic voter registration and make it easier for all voters to vote by absentee ballot. Learn more
Gov. Andy Beshear on Thursday released a new timeline for reopening more of the state's industries, but reminded Kentuckians it will not be business as usual anywhere until we have defeated the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). He also updated Kentuckians on expanded testing, utility scams and federal support and funding. "We have been up against big adversaries here in Kentucky. We are going to succeed against this adversary as well," Gov. Beshear said. Case informationAs of 5 p.m. May 7, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 6,128 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 208 of which were newly confirmed Thursday. The Governor read out several ages of the day's positive cases, which demonstrated that all age ranges are contracting the virus. Unfortunately, Gov. Beshear also reported 11 new deaths Thursday, raising the state's toll to 294 deaths related to the virus. The deaths include a 94-year-old man from Butler, a 97-year-old woman from Edmonson, an 89-year-old man from Edmonson, an 80-year-old woman from Edmonson, an 86-year-old man from Edmonson, a 62-year-old man from Butler, a 73-year-old man from Warren, a 92-year-old man from Edmonson, a 78-year-old man from Jefferson, an 87-year-old woman from Grayson and a 66-year-old man from Hardin. "Each one is more than an age, a gender, a county, even though that is the information we read every day. These are 11 Kentuckians we have lost, 11 families that are grieving," Gov. Beshear said. "They are going to have to go through this at a time when they can't grieve a normal way." Gov. Beshear continues to encourage Kentuckians to light their homes green in honor of those we have lost. At least 2,177 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus. For additional information, including up-to-date lists of positive cases and deaths, as well as breakdowns of coronavirus infections by county, race and ethnicity, click here. Healthy at Work Phase 2Today, Gov. Beshear announced the second phase of reopening the commonwealth's economy, but urged patience and caution until we finish the fight against COVID-19. All businesses should follow the 10 rules of staying healthy at work as well as industry-specific guidance, which will be issued as soon as possible. The new tentative dates for reopening are: May 22 -- Restaurants, with limited 33% capacity and outdoor seating June 1 -- Movie theaters, fitness centers June 11 -- Campgrounds, public and private June 15 -- Child care, with reduced capacity; and potentially low-touch and outdoor youth sports "That is when we are opening our restaurants on a limited inside capacity plus unlimited outdoor seating if they can get the spacing that is needed," Gov. Beshear said. "This allows restaurants to be open for Memorial Day weekend, but please be careful." The Governor added that Phase 3 is coming July 1 with bars, with limitations, and gatherings up to 50 people allowed. Testing expansionGov. Beshear announced a new partnership with First Care Clinics to expand testing as more businesses reopen. First Care Clinics can now provide COVID-19 tests at 13 locations, seven days a week across the state, at no cost to employees or their employers. Kentuckians can schedule a test online. "We've been working hard on a solution with the private sector that will significantly increase our testing capacity at the time people return to work, and return to worship," Gov. Beshear said. "Our vision for this partnership with First Care is that it becomes the place folks go to get a test if they're going back into work." First Care accepts Medicaid, Medicare and most insurance plans. Most plans have waived copays so First Care will not collect anything from insured or uninsured patients being tested for COVID-19 at the time of the visit. "To open Kentucky safely, we need testing. Right now, we have the capacity to do 30,000 tests weekly. A big part of being healthy at work is being able to be tested," Gov. Beshear added. "First Care is honored to partner with the Governor as part of his Healthy at Work initiative," said Rob Pantoja, co-founder and CEO of First Care Clinics. "We've treated over 700,000 Kentuckians since we opened our first clinic and have some of the highest patient satisfaction scores in the industry. Our employees are extremely compassionate and are eager to help Kentuckians get back to their places of work and worship." Dr. Steven Stack, Commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH), said the Bluewater Diagnostics Laboratory can now provide testing throughout Kentucky and in a variety of locations. The lab runs two drive-thru testing sites in Bullitt and Johnson counties, as well. To contact Bluewater Diagnostics about testing options, call 502-538-2980 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. "Ultimately, we need to have the private sector work in conjunction with us to build our capacity to do large scale testing," said Dr. Stack. Information on how to register at more than 70 sites throughout the commonwealth can be found at kycovid19.ky.gov. Scammers threaten to disconnect electric serviceElectric cooperatives across Kentucky are reporting a surge in scammers attempting to exploit Kentuckians amidst the COVID-19 crisis. Callers claim to work for a utility company or co-op and threaten to disconnect service without immediate payment. "We are in the test of our lives, let's make sure we don't let anyone take advantage of us at this time," said Gov. Beshear. In March, the Kentucky Public Service Commission issued an order that halts disconnections for non-payment and fees for late payments. Gov. Beshear urges Kentuckians not to arrange payment or divulge personal information on the phone unless they are absolutely sure they are speaking with their utility company. Kentuckians who suspect a scamming attempt should contact their utility and the Kentucky Attorney General's office: online scam reporting form, ag.ky.gov/scams and Consumer Protection Hotline, 888-432-9257. Federal Funding, SupportGov. Beshear announced today that the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has been awarded nearly $22.9 million for relief of public transit agencies that have been hit hard by the deadly COVID-19 pandemic. A list of the transit agencies, amounts of potential awards and areas of service is available here. FEMA is coordinating two shipments totaling a 14-day supply of personal protective equipment to all 15,400 Medicaid and Medicare-certified nursing homes. The shipments are meant to supplement existing efforts to provide equipment to nursing homes.
Gov. Andy Beshear on Wednesday prepared voters to take part safely in the upcoming primary elections and revised travel restrictions as we continue to fight the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). Today, the Governor also provided updates on coronavirus statistics and expanding testing efforts. He offered new details about primary elections that were moved to late June and issued a new executive order on travel restrictions. "As long as we continue to be good neighbors, we can write our chapter in the history books about how to defeat this pandemic," Gov. Beshear said. Case informationAs of 5 p.m. May 6, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 5,934 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 159 of which were newly confirmed Wednesday, a day after the largest one-day total of new cases were reported. "Obviously, that is less than half of yesterday, so we do still believe we are stabilized and hopefully plateaued here in the commonwealth," the Governor said. Unfortunately, Gov. Beshear also reported eight new deaths Wednesday, raising the state's toll to 283 deaths related to the virus. "These are eight of us, these are eight of our citizens who are gone too early. These are eight families and eight communities in mourning today," the Governor said. "Let's prove that no matter how many days we have to report these, that we care just as much each and every day." The deaths include two women, ages 88 and 95, from Jackson County; a 72-year-old woman from Jefferson County; two women, ages 85 and 99, from Kenton County; two women, ages 57 and 63, from Muhlenberg County; and a 73-year-old from Russell County. At least 2,125 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus. For additional information, including up-to-date lists of positive cases and deaths, as well as breakdowns of coronavirus infections by county, race and ethnicity, click here. Testing updateGov. Beshear is urging Kentuckians to take advantage of expanding coronavirus testing across the state. The Governor said the state's partnership with Kroger will bring more testing next week in Louisville, Lexington, Elizabethtown and Corbin. "Sign-ups are live now, right now," said Gov. Beshear. "We need to fill up more than 400 slots each day. Let's not have any more no-shows. Let's get everyone tested." Information on how to register at dozens of sites throughout the commonwealth -- including new drive-through operations in Pikeville and Ashland -- can be found at kycovid19.ky.gov. Health care reopening Phase 2Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH) Commissioner Dr. Steven Stack said Health Care Phase 2 is beginning with outpatient and ambulatory surgery and invasive procedures. "This means that same-day or procedures that last less than 24 hours can be performed in ambulatory surgical centers and hospitals and other facilities," said Dr. Stack, who added the facilities must first show they're ready to operate under strict guidelines. All patients must have COVID-19 pre-procedure testing per professional association guidelines consistent with KDPH guidance. The 10 rules of reopening also apply, which includes universal masking and personal protective equipment (PPE), closed common areas, along with requirements to follow specific procedure guidance. Preparing for primary electionsGov. Beshear offered new details on the coming primary elections, urging voters to get ready to request absentee ballots and announcing help from the Kentucky National Guard. Last month, Gov. Beshear and Secretary of State Michael Adams agreed to move the primary elections to June 23 and to allow everyone to request absentee ballots. The Governor noted that voters in Jefferson County already can request an absentee ballot through the County Clerk's Office website. An online portal for all voters to request the ballots is being created. The Governor said National Guard leaders offered to help and members will work as poll workers and keep polling places operating safely. The Governor said he was proud of the guard for stepping in to help where in-person voting is necessary. Gov. Beshear credited Kentucky National Guard Brig. Gen. Hal Lamberton with offering to help with the election. "We literally are spread out across the entire state and I would venture we probably have soldiers or airmen who live in virtually all 120 counties," Lamberton said. "So it quite simply is a common-sense solution for the issue." Travel restrictionsGov. Beshear said his administration is changing its travel restrictions to better comply with judicial findings and more closely mirror the guidance of neighboring states. The Governor issued a new executive order that continues to ban anyone with a positive or presumptively positive case of COVID-19 from entering Kentucky, except as ordered for medical treatment. It also keeps in place requirements of social distancing on public transportation. Those traveling from out of state into Kentucky and staying are being asked to self-quarantine for 14 days. "Basically, the court said, "We think Ohio's is fine. We think yours should be more like Ohio's,'" the Governor said. "So we've issued one today that's just like Ohio's. That's what the court says will work, so that's what we'll do." Thank youGov. Beshear acknowledged that today is National Nurses Day, and it comes on National Nurses Week at a time when our health care givers are doing more than their share. "Thank you to all of our nurses out there on the front lines at one of the most dangerous times, ever, to be a nurse," the Governor said. "We appreciate you so very much." The Governor noted that today also is National Interpreter Appreciation Day. He praised Virginia Moore, the lead American Sign Language interpreter for his daily briefings, and all those who help work in state government. Moore tied both honorific days together by teaching us how to sign the phrase: "Thank you, nurses." Gov. Beshear then asked how to sign, "Thank you, Virginia."
Gov. Andy Beshear said Tuesday that Kentuckians will defeat the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) by learning from the Greatest Generation and employing the qualities of personal responsibility. "Those qualities of personal responsibility are critically important. My actions and how they impact other people, I am responsible for," Gov. Beshear said. "Of integrity. Of knowing, we do not get days off when it comes to this virus, and knowing the impact that we can have on others. Work ethic. We have to have the work ethic to complete our task and to come out of this having protected those around us. Finally, faithful commitment. We are fully committed to defeating this virus. We are going to faithfully continue to do what it takes. This is our moment in history, and people's lives depend on us." Teacher Appreciation WeekGov. Beshear hailed the work of Kentucky's great educators during Teacher Appreciation Week and Teacher Appreciation Day, May 5. "We so appreciate the job our teachers are doing," said Gov. Beshear. "What teachers have done in this time of crisis is truly amazing. From preparing work for children to complete at home to helping deliver food -- thank you." Case informationAs of 5 p.m. May 5, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 5,822 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 625 of which were newly confirmed Tuesday. More than 300 of the positive cases were from testing at Green River Correctional Complex. Unfortunately, Gov. Beshear also reported 14 new deaths Tuesday, raising the state's toll to 275 deaths related to the virus. Many of those deaths were related to long-term care facilities, the Governor said. The deaths include a 79-year-old man and an 89-year-old woman from Boone County; an 85-year-old man from Henderson County; a 77-year-old man from Hopkins County; two women, ages 59 and 70, from Jackson County; two men, ages 35 and 91, and two women, ages 63 and 69, from Jefferson County; and three women, ages 86, 88 and 96, and a 94-year-old man from Kenton County. At least 2,058 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus. The number of Kentuckians tested is at least 61,013. Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH), said focused testing in confined populations, like long-term care facilities, meatpacking and processing facilities and prisons, can often have much higher positivity rates once the infection enters the community. "We are about to embark on a very aggressive program to test the long-term care facilities over the weeks ahead at a very brisk pace," Dr. Stack said. "Thank you for what you have done, but I have to continue to emphasize that we must continue these efforts even as we are trying to ease health care back into a better level of functionality and even as the Governor has announced the Phase 1 reopening plan. The normal we return to will be a new normal. It will not be the same normal we left until we get access to a vaccine or until we get access to a fantastic treatment or cure." Dr. Stack also noted that Perdue Farms would be taking the necessary steps to test employees. Green River Correctional ComplexGov. Beshear said mass coronavirus testing at Green River Correctional Complex was completed last week. J. Michael Brown, secretary of the Governor's executive cabinet, said more than 1,000 tests have been returned and a total number of positive cases linked to the facility currently stands at 342 inmates and 57 staff members. Brown also provided an update on efforts to fight the coronavirus at the Green River Correctional Complex in Central City. To address the outbreak at the complex, the facility is being dividing into housing units based on test results, contact with infected individuals and those in a vulnerable population. Brown said temperature checks and deep sanitizing are also taking place to help reduce the spread. "We almost have a complete snapshot of the situation at Green River which allows us to go ahead and truly plan on how to address that population," said Brown. Testing update; new Pikeville locationGov. Beshear offered an update on expanding efforts to boost testing throughout the commonwealth. The Governor announced a new drive-through testing site in Pikeville, as part of a partnership with the Pike County Health Department, Gravity Labs and Pikeville Medical Center. The testing is being conducted today through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Pikeville Medical Center, 172 S. Mayo Trail in Pikeville. The site can conduct 70 tests daily and filled all of those slots today. For more information on testing locations and how to sign up visit, kycovid19.ky.gov. Unemployment insuranceJosh Benton, deputy secretary of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, provided three updates to the state's response to an unprecedented number of unemployment insurance claims. He said there were changes coming to the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. "This is primarily for individuals who do not normally qualify for unemployment insurance," Benton said. "There's about 100,000 of those individuals currently receiving benefits on this program." He said the minimum benefit for Kentuckians on PUA is $176 per week. Recipients need to request the benefits online every two weeks. To make things easier, people can submit wage history from last year to calculate the benefits. "In more cases than not, it's going to increase their benefit amount above that $176 a week," Benton said. Second, Benton said employers will now be able to report return-to-work dates for their employees at https://kewes.ky.gov/. Benton said there were several exceptions, including for workers who are in at-risk categories or who are caring for at-risk relatives. Finally, Benton said officials were working to clear the final claims from March and that the few remaining outstanding issues had to do with disagreements with the employer about terms of separation. Healthy at WorkGov. Beshear on Monday introduced new requirements for the Phase 1 of Healthy at Work. Under the schedule outlined by Gov. Beshear, more businesses will be allowed to open May 11 with new minimum requirements, as well as industry specific requirements. Among the businesses that will be allowed to operate: Manufacturing, distribution and supply chain businesses; construction; vehicle or vessel dealerships; office-based businesses (at 50% pre-pandemic capacity; horse racing (no fans in attendance); pet care, grooming and boarding and photography. As long as progress in the fight against COVID-19 is not threatened, additional business sectors will be allowed to open May 20 and May 25. The Governor said that he hopes to announce Phase 2 this week. He also said that his administration is working with faith leaders on guidance for houses of worship. The guidance has not been issued yet. "Just because May 20 you can potentially reopen, doesn't mean that you should," Gov. Beshear said. "It has to be done safely. Our faith leaders have asked me to reiterate this -- you should trust your faith leader in your congregation about when it is going to be safe to resume." Giving TuesdayTo honor Giving Tuesday, Gov. Beshear urged Kentuckians who can to give to the Team Kentucky Fund. More informationRead about other key updates, actions and information from Gov. Beshear and his administration at governor.ky.gov, kycovid19.ky.gov and the Governor's official social media accounts Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Kentuckians can also access translated COVID-19 information and daily summaries of the Governor's news conference at tinyurl.com/kygovespanol (Spanish) and tinyurl.com/kygovtranslations (more than 20 additional languages).
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