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Steve Beshear
Steve Beshear 2013.jpg
Governor of Kentucky
In office
December 11, 2007 - Present
Term ends
Years in position 8
PredecessorErnie Fletcher
Base salary$153,970
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
First electedNovember 2007
Campaign $$21,676,336
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky
Attorney General of Kentucky
Kentucky House of Representatives
Bachelor'sUniversity of Kentucky
J.D.University of Kentucky
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army Reserve
Years of service1969-1975
Date of birthSeptember 21, 1944
Office website
Steven Lynn Beshear (b. September 21, 1944) is a the current Democratic Governor of Kentucky. He was first elected in 2007, and won re-election in 2011. Beshear had previously served in the Kentucky House of Representatives, as the Attorney General of Kentucky from 1980 to 1984 and as the Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky from 1984 to 1988.[1]


Beshear is a native of Dawson Springs in Hopkins County, KY. His father was a Baptist minister and his mother worked raising Beshear and his four siblings. He earned both a bachelor's degree and law degree from the University of Kentucky, and served in the U.S. Army Reserve as an intelligence analyst.[1]


  • Bachelor's degree - University of Kentucky
  • Juris Doctor - University of Kentucky

Political career

Governor of Kentucky (2007-Present)

On December 11, 2007, Beshear was sworn in as Kentucky's 61st governor by Kentucky Supreme Court Associate Justice Bill Cunningham in a private ceremony in the Governor's Mansion in Frankfort. Beshear received the oath of office again during a public ceremony on the steps of the Kentucky State Capitol later that afternoon. The oath of office was administered during the public ceremony by Associate Justice Mary C. Noble.[2]

Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")

In December, 2012, Beshear declined to enter Kentucky into the federal health-exchange system established under the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as "Obamacare," in favor of setting up a state-based system.[3] Kentucky is one of eighteen states - including Colorado, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, and Washington - that decided to create and run individual health-exchange systems by the December 14, 2012 deadline. The exchange is an online marketplace for citizens to purchase health insurance.[4][5]

Budget crisis

When Beshear took office, he inherited a budget crisis from the previous administration. This crisis led to the decision to cut funding in post-secondary education by nearly 15% until the state could increase its revenue stream. As legislators coped with the budget shortfalls, Beshear announced plans on February 15, 2008 for his casino gambling bill, which he claimed would generate "several hundred millions of dollars" in tax revenue for the state.[6] The proposal called for up to 12 casinos (some of which would be at existing horseracing facilities like Churchill Downs) which would generate up to $600 million. To get the casino proposal on the ballot in November 2008, the plan needed 3/5 support in both the state house and senate, which Senate President David Williams gave no chance of happening.[7]

Job creation ranking

In a June 2013 analysis by The Business Journals, which ranked 45 of the country's 50 governors by their job creation records, Beshear was ranked number 22. The five governors omitted from the analysis all assumed office in 2013. The ranking was based on a comparison of the annual private sector growth rate in all 50 states using data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.[8][9]

Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky (1983-1987)

In 1983, Beshear was elected Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky on a Democratic ticket headed by Martha Layne Collins. Beshear defeated Eugene P. Stuart, the running mate of Jim Bunning, 568,869 votes to 321,352.[1]

Attorney General of Kentucky (1980-1984)

Beshear was elected Attorney General of Kentucky in 1979, defeating Republican nominee Ron Snyder with 471,177 votes to Snyder's 302,951, and served as Attorney General from 1980 to 1984.[1]

Kentucky House of Representatives (1974-1979)

In 1974, Beshear was elected to the Kentucky House of Representatives. He represented the 76th District and served in the House from 1974 to 1979.[1]



See also: Kentucky gubernatorial and lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2011

Beshear announced he would run for re-election on July 20, 2009, adding that his running mate would be Louisville mayor Jerry E. Abramson; incumbent Lieutenant Governor Daniel Mongiardo opted to run for U.S. Senate in 2010 rather than seek re-election.[10] Beshear's campaign made significant fundraising progress in 2009 and 2010, entering 2011 with over $3 million in the bank. The ticket went unopposed in the May 17 Democratic primary, allowing it to build its war chest for the general election struggle against the Republican team of David Williams and Richie Farmer.

By mid-June, a month into the general election season, Beshear's team had raised over three times as much as its opponents. Beshear also enjoyed a 21 point advantage over Williams in a June poll.

  • General

On November 8, 2011 Beshear defeated David Williams (R) and Gatewood Galbraith (I).

Governor and Lt. Governor of Kentucky, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Beshear and Jerry E. Abramson 55.7% 464,245
     Republican David Williams and Richie Farmer 35.3% 294,034
     Independent Gatewood Galbraith and Dea Riley 9% 74,860
Total Votes 833,139

  • Primary

Beshear won the May 2011 Democratic primary by default when the only other candidate to enter the race left the field. After state Senator David Williams won the Republican nomination, the two faced each other in the November general election.

Ethics complaint

On August 2, 2011, Beshear was accused of violating campaign ethics laws during his re-election campaign by Kentucky Republican Party Chairman Steve Robertson. According to Robertson's complaint, one of Beshear's aides illegally pressured state employees to contribute to his campaign. The allegations are based on the testimony of a state whistleblower, psychologist Rodney Young of the Department of Juvenile Justice, as well as a December 2010 CNHI News story that claimed other employees had been strongly encouraged to contribute. Beshear's campaign called the allegations baseless and politically motivated, and the state Democratic Party filed a counter-complaint against his Republican challenger, State Senate President David Williams.[11][12][13]


On December 18, 2006, Beshear formally announced his candidacy for governor of Kentucky in the 2007 election with State Senator Daniel Mongiardo as his lieutenant governor. With 99% of precincts reporting as of May 23, 2007, Beshear won the primary; each of his opponents conceded the race to him. Because he exceeded 40 percent of the vote, he avoided a runoff.[14] In the general election, Beshear opposed incumbent Governor Ernie Fletcher . Beshear's platform included expanded gambling, which Fletcher opposed due to the social ills he said come with casinos. On November 6, 2007, Beshear defeated Fletcher by a 59% to 41% margin.[15]


Beshear was the Democratic nominee for the United States Senate in 1996, losing to incumbent Mitch McConnell. On November 5, 1996, Mitch McConnell won re-election to the United States Senate. He defeated Steven L. Beshear (D), Dennis L. Lacy (L), Patricia Jo Metten (Natural Law) and Mac McElroy (U.S. Taxpayers) in the general election.[16]

U.S. Senate, Kentucky General Election, 1996
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMitch McConnell incumbent 55.5% 724,794
     Democratic Steven L. Beshear 42.8% 560,012
     Libertarian Dennis L. Lacy 0.7% 8,595
     Natural Law Patricia Jo Metten 0.6% 8,344
     U.S. Taxpayers Mac McElroy 0.4% 5,284
     N/A Write-in 0% 17
Total Votes 1,307,046


In 1987, Beshear ran for Governor of Kentucky and lost in a packed Democratic primary field. Beshear won 114,439 votes in the primary, good for a third place finish behind former governor John Y. Brown, Jr.'s 163,204 votes and 221,138 votes garnered by Wallace G. Wilkinson, who went on to win the general election that fall. Beshear placed ahead of former governor Julian Carroll's 42,137 votes and also defeated Grady Stumbo, who won 84,613 votes. Three other candidates combined for an additional 8,187 votes in that primary. After his defeat in the 1987 election, Beshear practiced law in Lexington, Kentucky.[17]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Beshear is available dating back to 2007. Based on available campaign finance records, Beshear raised a total of $21,676,336 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 11, 2013.[18]

Steve Beshear's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2011 Governor of Kentucky* Won $9,967,222
2009 Governor of Kentucky* Not up for election $666,234
2007 Governor of Kentucky* Won $11,042,880
Grand Total Raised $21,676,336
*These totals are for a joint-ticket campaigns with lieutenant governor running mates.

2007 and 2011

Ballotpedia collects information on campaign donors for each year in which a candidate or incumbent is running for election. The following table offers a breakdown of Steve Beshear's donors each year.[19] Click [show] for more information.

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See also

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Office of the Governor of Kentucky, "Governor Steve Beshear," accessed April 13, 2012
  2. The Mountain Eagle, "Beshear is sworn in in private ceremony," December 12, 2007
  3. The New York Times, "Most states miss deadline to set up health exchange," December 14, 2012
  4. The New York Times, "Most states miss deadline to set up health exchange," December 14, 2012
  5. The Daily Times, "Governor Susana Martinez to tackle state-based health exchange," January 9, 2013
  6. Beshear to unveil casino bill next week by Tom Loftus, The Courier-Journal, Feb. 08, 2008
  7. Kentucky may get up to 12 casinos by Gregory A. Hall, The Courier-Journal, Feb. 15, 2008
  8. The Business Journals, "Governors and jobs: How governors rank for job creation in their states," June 27, 2013
  9. The Business Journals, "How state governors rank on their job-growth record," June 27, 2013
  10. The Daily Independent (Ashland, KY), "Abramson to join Beshear ticket for 2011 re-election," July 19, 2009.
  11. Herald Dispatch.com, "Beshear, Williams facing ethics complaints," August 2, 2011
  12. The Times-Tribune, "Gov. Beshear accused of strong-arm tactics," August 2, 2011
  13. Louisville Courier-Journal, "Democrats charge David Williams should have reported gambling winnings," August 1, 2011
  14. Fletcher, Beshear to Face off in Nov. LEX18, May 27, 2006
  15. Beshear beats Fletcher to win race for Kentucky governor The Courier-Journal, Nov. 06, 2007
  16. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996," accessed March 28, 2013
  17. US Election Atlas, "1987 Gubernatorial Democratic Primary Election Results - Kentucky," accessed June 19, 2013
  18. Follow the Money, "Career fundraising for Steven L. Beshear & Daniel Mongiardo," accessed July 11, 2013
  19. Follow the Money.org, "Home," accessed February 17, 2015
Political offices
Preceded by
Ernie Fletcher
Governor of Kentucky
2007 - present
Succeeded by