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Matt Bevin

R

Kentucky Governor (2015 - 2020)

Mailing Address:
Matt Bevin for KY
PO Box 436374
Middletown, KY 40253

Quick Facts
Personal Details

Personal

Full Name:

Matthew 'Matt' G. Bevin

Gender:

Male

Family:

Wife: Glenna; 9 Children

Birth Place:

Shelburne, NH

Home City:

Louisville, KY

Religion:

Christian

Education

Attended, Administration, Central Michigan University, 1991-1993

Attended, Reserve Officer Training Corps, Washington and Lee Universiy, 1989

BA, East Asian Studies, Washington and Lee University, 1985-1989

Attended, Business/Japanese, Kansai Gaidai University, 1988

Political Experience

Governor, State of Kentucky, 2015-2019

Candidate, United States Senate, 2014

Professional Experience

President, Bevin Brothers, 2011-present

Chief Executive Officer, Integrity Asset Management, 2003-2011

Captain, United States Army, 1989-2003

Director of Project Management, INVESCO-NAM, 2001-2002

Director of Marketing and Principal, National Asset Management, 1999-2001

Vice President/Account Manager, Putnam Investments, 1995-1999

Consultant, SEI Investments, 1993-1995

Religious, Civic, and other Memberships

Founder, Bevin Center for Missions Mobilization, 2012-present

Board Chair, American Red Cross, Louisville Area Chapter

Chair, Board for the American Red Cross, Louisville

Additional Information

Father's Occupation:

Factory Worker

Spouse's Occupation:

Registered Nurse

Policy Positions

TAX REFORM

I promised to update and simplify our antiquated tax code so that we can better compete economically with surrounding states. We’ve made excellent progress by lowering our individual and corporate tax rates by 17%.

Here too there is more that we can do, more that we will do in our second term to raise the revenue necessary to run our state government effectively and efficiently while leaving as much of Kentucky’s wealth as possible in the hands of those who produce it.

PRESERVE KY'S ENERGY SECTOR

We promised to fight against the EPA’s war on the energy sector in Kentucky, particularly the relentless attacks on the coal industry. And we’ve presided over a step change in Kentucky’s relationship with EPA. The Trump EPA and Kentucky’s Environment and Energy Cabinet have formed a much better working relationship. Both these organizations recognize the essential value of Kentucky coal as an ongoing part of our energy portfolio while fully appreciating and protecting the magnificent environment of this state.

We will continue to work to ensure that Kentucky coal plays a vital role going into the future,

that an “all of the above” energy strategy includes coal and that our commitment to a clean environment for all Kentuckians never wavers.

HEALTH CARE REFORM

Give Kentuckians input in their healthcare decisions and save millions of dollars for Kentucky taxpayers.
As promised, my administration disbanded the enormously expensive Kynect program. We have requested and successfully defended in court a Medicaid 1115 waiver that will be a model for the nation when implemented. This innovative plan will give Kentuckians the input they deserve into their healthcare decisions, provide better health outcomes and result in a healthier Kentucky. Here too, however, our work is not done. We will continue the implementation of this plan in our second term, resulting in millions of dollars of savings for Kentucky taxpayers.

LABOR LAW REFORM

50,000 new Kentucky jobs.
We promised to modernize our labor laws and the fulfillment of that promise is already showing results. By signing laws like Right to Work and Paycheck Protection we helped make Kentucky much more attractive to job creators. The result? Over $18 billion in new investments in our state and 50,000 new jobs created.

EDUCATION REFORM

One of my first acts as governor was to put a stop to the unethical practice of “sweeping” lottery funds to programs unrelated to education. I ensured that 100% of Lottery funds go toward the education system where it was promised.

Also as promised, I have supported school choice and signed the legislation into law to provide that choice.

I have increased education spending to the highest amount per pupil in the history of our Commonwealth.

PENSION REFORM​

During my first campaign, I was the only candidate willing to state clearly and forthrightly in writing my intention to meet Kentucky’s public pension crisis head on. I knew that Kentucky’s unfunded pension liabilities were a threat to public safety, education and other viable government services.

Pensions should be sustainable and dependable for our teachers and other public employees.
That’s why I’ve never wavered from my original promise to give everything I have, including my expertise as a successful businessman in the arena of retirement investments, to fix this problem. It’s why I was willing to take the slings and arrows of those who would kick the can down the road and withstand the political pressure that tried to convince me we couldn’t afford to fully fund our pension system. I did so because it was the right thing to do.

I am the first Governor in Kentucky history to fully fund the Actuarial Required Contribution (ARC).
Now we need to move forward with to complete the fix of this system. I have proven that I am a leader who will not cave to the groundless accusations of those who helped create this crsis. Instead, I won’t rest until the pensions are sustainable and can be counted on by our teachers and other public employees.

SHRINK THE SIZE OF GOVERNMENT

Our nation was founded on a bedrock of individual liberty, limited government, and constitutional principles. We recognized that bloated government is not unique to the federal level and that we would need to shrink the size of government at the state level and that we would need to shrink the size of government at the state level as well. That’s why I launched our “Red Tape Reduction Initiative” which was modeled by the White House for a similar effort on the Federal level. Through that program, we have cut over 500 burdensome regulations with more to follow.

We have cut over 500 burdensome regulations and cut the size of state government by 10%.

In addition, we have cut the size of state government by 10% and made it more efficient and responsive. We have cut hundreds of millions of dollars in wasteful spending.

These efforts have kept my original campaign promise but we are far from finished.

Articles

PPI Cuts Ribbon on Production Facility in Maysville

Nov. 12, 2019

Gov. Matt Bevin today congratulated Precision Pulley & Idler (PPI), a supplier of idlers, pulleys, bearings and other products for the major bulk and material handling components industries, as company and community leaders cut the ribbon on its $10.75 million production facility in Maysville expected to create over 100 full-time jobs over the next decade. "We are excited to welcome PPI to Kentucky and wish them many years of success here in the commonwealth," Gov. Bevin said. "This is yet another strong example of a growing company realizing the distinct advantages of doing business in our great state. We are grateful for PPI's creation of 100-plus new jobs, and we congratulate Mason County on this outstanding addition to their community." PPI today cut the ribbon following its move into an existing 105,000-square-foot facility on Progress Drive in Maysville. The building provides space for both manufacturing and distribution operations. PPI's decision to locate in Mason County places the company in the same region as several of its key customers. The building offers capacity to meet the growing demand for PPI's package and baggage handling product lines. It also provides additional space in the event of a natural disaster or other factors that could hinder production, ensuring the company can serve its customers without interruption. "We are very excited to open our new PPI facility in Maysville, Kentucky. We look forward to a bright future and anticipate many years of growth in the community," said Roger Brown, president and CEO of PPI. "We very much appreciate the efforts of the commonwealth of Kentucky, Mason County and the city of Maysville and all of their assistance in making this day possible. We believe that today is the start of a very long-term relationship with Maysville and everyone supporting jobs and economic growth in the region." PPI, founded in 1977 and headquartered in Pella, Iowa, provides idlers, pulleys, take-up frames and bearings for cement, grain, forestry, power, package and unit handling, coal, hard rock, aggregate and contract manufacturing businesses. PPI is a division of Precision, Inc., which has nearly 1,200 employee owners and 16 locations worldwide, including manufacturing, warehousing, service centers and a training center in the US, Canada and Chile. Established on a commitment to the communities in which their employees live and work, PPI is 100 percent employee owned. Rep. John Sims Jr., of Flemingsburg, said the attraction of companies like PPI has been a statewide effort. "Today is a great day for PPI as well as its customers and those who will benefit from these jobs in the years ahead," Rep. Sims said. "I've been proud to work with our state and local economic development leaders to help make announcements like this possible, and it means a lot that PPI is able to bring new life to an existing facility." Maysville Mayor Charles Cotteril said companies have begun to take note of the advantages offered by the community. "The city of Maysville has been so pleased with the addition of Precision Pulley & Idler to the Maysville area," Mayor Cotteril said. "PPI represents the kind of highly skilled, self-sustaining positions we are striving to recruit here in Maysville, Kentucky. Since day one, PPI executives have been a pleasure to work with and the city of Maysville greatly appreciates their investment in our community. Their jobs and economic impact will live on long after many of us leave here today and I am looking forward to seeing the tremendous overall total impact they will make for our community. PPI and their opening today highlights that business and industry everywhere are beginning to take notice of the fantastic resources and opportunities we have here in Maysville." Mason County Judge-Executive Joe Pfeffer said the arrival of PPI has opened a gateway to economic opportunities. "We have been so pleased with the addition of PPI to the growing list of world-class manufacturing facilities in Maysville and Mason County," said Judge-Executive Pfeffer. "We could not ask for a better corporate citizen and partner for our area. Upon reflection, one can see that the PPI announcement was the first of many we have had over the last two years, a fact that only underscores how well our area is doing. We hope that since their announcement, PPI executives have seen our willingness to continue to work with their team and it only affirms their decision to locate in Maysville and Mason County." Owen McNeill, executive director of the Maysville-Mason County Industrial Development Authority (MMCIDA), said the community rose above the field in a competitive race to land the project. "Today's PPI ribbon cutting ceremony marks another milestone in the company's tremendous expansion as an industry leader in major bulk and material handling component markets. The addition of PPI to Maysville and Mason County underscores our community's commitment to attracting world-class business and industry by showcasing our highly skilled workforce, logistical advantage and our unequaled quality of life," McNeill said. "Executives with PPI had several states and communities vying for their plant and we greatly appreciate the confidence they have placed in the Maysville community. We congratulate the executives and employees of Precision Pulley & Idler and we are looking forward to their Maysville team continuing to lead the way for their organization. The MMCIDA welcomes PPI to our area and we greatly appreciate their investment and confidence in our citizens and community." To encourage the investment and job growth in the community, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) in December 2018 preliminarily approved a 12-year incentive agreement with the company under the Kentucky Business Investment program. The performance-based agreement can provide up to $2.1 million in tax incentives based on the company's investment of $10.75 million and annual targets of: -Creation and maintenance of 134 Kentucky-resident, full-time jobs across 12 years;-Paying an average hourly wage of $23.50 including benefits across those jobs. By meeting its annual targets over the agreement term, the company can be eligible to keep a portion of the new tax revenue it generates. The company may claim eligible incentives against its income tax liability and/or wage assessments. In addition, PPI can receive resources from the Kentucky Skills Network. Through the Kentucky Skills Network, companies can receive no-cost recruitment and job placement services, reduced-cost customized training and job training incentives. For more information on Precision Pulley and Idler, visit www.PPI-Global.com. A detailed community profile for Mason County can be viewed here. Information on Kentucky's economic development efforts and programs is available at www.ThinkKentucky.com. Fans of the Cabinet for Economic Development can also join the discussion on Facebook, follow on Twitter and watch the Cabinet's "Now You Know" video on YouTube.

Kentucky Awarded Grant for Appalachian Opportunity Zone Initiative

Nov. 7, 2019

The commonwealth has been named the recipient of a $1.2 million federal grant to establish the Appalachian Opportunity Zone Initiative to identify, develop and market projects in Opportunity Zones across 54 counties within the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) region, 37 of which are classified as distressed areas. "The Appalachian Opportunity Zone Initiative offers a pointed strategy to encourage investment in areas of the commonwealth that need it most," Gov. Matt Bevin said. "The region boasts incredible untapped economic opportunities, and we're committed to leveraging every resource to promote those potential projects. This initiative promises to continue our transformative growth in Eastern Kentucky, and we look forward to seeing the exciting results." The grant, issued by ARC and administered by the Kentucky Department for Local Government (DLG), is expected to assist with efforts to attract private capital investment from Opportunity Funds. "Appalachia is America's best kept investment secret and the next great investment opportunity," said DLG Commissioner Sandra Dunahoo. "The Appalachian Opportunity Zone Initiative will give our region a competitive advantage, allowing us to develop the necessary prospectuses to showcase and market our assets to a global economy." The Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development will develop, implement and oversee the three-year Appalachian Opportunity Zone Initiative, which will focus on individual counties and projects, as well as a regional development and marketing plan. The program aims to bridge the gap for distressed ARC counties that have great potential to develop projects but lack the necessary resources to develop and market projects at a level competitive with other regions. As part of this initiative, the cabinet will utilize contracted consultants assigned to specified targeted ARC counties. Consultants will be selected via a competitive RFP process, and responsibilities include working directly with local community and business leaders to identify, develop and create a marketing plan for viable projects in the area. Consultants also will coordinate efforts with the cabinet's legal, marketing and entrepreneurship staff to ensure all counties have access to the commonwealth's full range of resources. "This project is part of a broader effort to encourage investment in Opportunity Zones across Kentucky," said Jessica Burke, general counsel at the cabinet. "Specifically, this grant will allow us to focus additional efforts on areas most in need of assistance in turning ideas for Opportunity Zone projects into actual investment. The capital needed to make these projects possible is already here in the commonwealth, and the Appalachian Opportunity Zone Initiative could be instrumental in connecting investors with growth opportunities throughout the ARC region." The initiative was announced today during a press conference at the Booneville Entertainment Center in Owsley County. Cabinet and DLG representatives were on hand to explain the new program and highlight a community that has already taken action to capitalize on the benefits of Opportunity Zones and breathe new life into a local venue with rich history. Booneville's Seale Theater, formerly a cornerstone of the community, closed in 1985 and has since dilapidated to the point it is no longer safe for use. The building was purchased by the Owsley County Alliance for Recreation and Entertainment (OCARE) and, by way of the organization's Booneville Theater project, local leaders are attempting to revitalize the once prominent location to once again host a variety of events, including pageants, movie screenings and plays. Once complete, the renovated theater could provide job opportunities and serve as an attraction for residents of surrounding counties. Grant funds also will support production of digital and print materials, including a comprehensive prospectus for each Kentucky county in the ARC region where opportunity zones are located, as well as regional and project-specific materials. Any remaining funds would be used to host investor conferences and other outreach activities throughout the region. The Appalachian Opportunity Zone Initiative will expand the scope of work already being done by the cabinet to promote Opportunity Zones in Kentucky, specifically those within the state's 54 ARC counties. The cabinet holds workshops -- live and webcast -- at various locations throughout the commonwealth to prepare communities to develop, promote and secure investment in eligible projects. For Opportunity Zone information on each Kentucky county, including a listing of available projects and details on how to market and utilize Opportunity Zones and Opportunity Funds, visit www.KYOZ.com. Information on Kentucky's economic development efforts and programs is available at www.ThinkKentucky.com. Fans of the Cabinet for Economic Development can also join the discussion on Facebook, follow on Twitter and watch the Cabinet's "Now You Know" video on YouTube.

2019 as Precursor to 2020? Results Say Yes, No, and Maybe

Nov. 7, 2019

As Washington braces for next week’s kickoff of public hearings on impeachment, Tuesday’s off-year elections in Kentucky and Virginia offered preliminary answers to two tantalizing questions hanging over the current political environment. First, will Democratic candidates  pay a political price for trying to remove President Trump from office? An early answer from Virginia: No. Second, is there Trumpism -- or only Trump? In other words, can Donald Trump’s ideology exist without Donald Trump himself? Another early answer, this one from Kentucky: No. Republican Gov. Matt Bevin tried making the race into a referendum on impeachment. It didn’t work, and he fell behind Democratic candidate Andy Beshear. The challenger won 709,577 votes while the incumbent earned 704,388. According to unofficial results from the Kentucky Board of Elections, Beshear now leads Bevin by 5,189 votes. Even late into election night, the Associated Press said the race was too close to call. Beshear declared victory anyway while a belligerently on-brand Bevin refused to concede.  And while avenues exist for the governor to contest the results, it seems likely that the Republican just lost reelection in a state that President Trump carried by a whopping 30 percentage points. The vote offers insight, a year in advance, into what might happen during the next general election. “It’s a big [frigging] deal,” one senior Democratic National Committee official told RealClearPolitics late Tuesday night. “Trump spent big there and lost.” Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez agreed the next morning but with more polite language, telling reporters that Kentucky is a sign of things to come. “We believe that our diversity is our greatest strength,” he said of the campaign that carried Beshear to an apparent victory. “And Mr. President, when you continue to divide America, that is not only un-American, that is going to prove to be terrible politics for you, because that's not who we are.” Even Trump admitted a loss in Kentucky would look bad, and he knew Bevin was making a gamble by tying his fate to the controversy over impeachment. “If you win, they are going to make it like, ‘ho-hum,’” Trump warned at a rally the night before the election. “And if you lose, they are going to say Trump suffered the greatest defeat in the history of the world.” A loss would be a disaster, he warned Bevin: “You can't let that happen to me!” But the one-term governor lost anyway, and there was more bad news for Republicans in Virginia. There, Democrats picked up two state Senate seats and six House seats. If that electorate had any qualms with removing Trump from office early, it didn’t stop them from handing both chambers of the legislature over to the impeaching party. The state Trump lost by five points in 2016 is now entirely blue. (Gov. Ralph Northam is also a Democrat.) Other developments disheartening for the GOP followed in Pennsylvania where Democrats won local races in districts that will be coveted come 2020. The night wasn’t entirely bleak for the Grand Old Party. Republican Tate Reeves (pictured) won his race in Mississippi to keep the governor’s mansion red. And in Kentucky, Republicans were elected attorney general, treasurer, auditor, secretary of state and agricultural commissioner. Each contest was easy for the GOP, except for Bevin’s at the top of the ballot. A second Bevin term was always questionable in a state where voters have only elected three Republican governors since the Second World War. He also earned the ignoble designation, according to a Morning Consult analysis, of being the least popular governor in the country. This was probably because he feuded with teacher unions and reorganized public pensions and beefed with the media. It was also because, some are now arguing, Bevin did his best to be a bluegrass version of the New Yorker president. But before votes were counted, it only made sense to Bevin to do his best Trump impression. He did that by trying to put impeachment on the ballot. “Governor Bevin is not the one making impeachment an issue. Impeachment already is a big issue in Kentucky because congressional liberals are trying to invalidate the 2016 election, which saw President Trump win Kentucky by 30 points,” Michael Antonopoulos, a senior adviser to the campaign, told RCP a month before the election. “The real question is whether Andy Beshear agrees with 95% of House Democrats that President Trump should be removed from office.” That argument boiled down to an us vs. them calculation. Was Beshear with 118 (out of 120) Kentucky counties that voted for Trump? Or with House Democrats who voted to begin an impeachment inquiry? The electorate, who voted overwhelmingly for other Republicans, didn’t buy the premise. Their temperature will be taken again in less than a year when the president’s name – barring removal from office -- is actually printed on the ballot. Even the boldest pundits don’t yet dare whisper that he would lose Kentucky. Trump the politician, it seems safe to say, will be secure in deep red states. But the candidates who wrap themselves in Trumpism and accept his endorsement haven’t always met with populist success. Trump endorsed 96 candidates during the last midterms. He averaged 58% success with 56 of those Republicans winning and 40 losing. His clout is still up in the air in 2019. He endorsed Ralph Abraham for governor in Louisiana, who lost in the “jungle” primary on Oct. 12, and Bevin in Kentucky, who appears to have lost. Tate Reeves won his race for governor in Mississippi, but Eddie Rispone could win or lose in his effort to unseat Democrat John Bel Edwards as Louisiana governor when the runoff is held Nov. 16. Trump has called special elections perfectly this year, going three for three. That record, plus the sheer weight of a presidential endorsement, will make his nod valuable. And it isn’t as if Trump support makes a candidate a political pariah. White House Senior Adviser Kellyanne Conway made sure to hammer this point home. Surrounded by reporters on the driveway of the president’s residence, Conway said that, yes, Bevin lost but noted he was out-funded by Democrats. If anything, she insisted, Trump helped make that race more competitive. He also helped make some history: The president endorsed Daniel Cameron for state attorney general. “First independently statewide-elected African American in Kentucky's history,” Conway told reporters before sarcastically chiding that “I'm sure you'll all be writing about the history that was made yesterday in Kentucky." But Cameron is soft-spoken where Bevin was bombastic. That, and Cameron won a race that was never billed by Republicans as a national referendum on the man in the Oval Office.Source: https://www.realclearpolitics.com/