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Steve Beshear

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Steve Beshear
September 21, 1944
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Governor of Kentucky
Incumbent
Assumed office
December 11, 2007
Preceded by Ernie Fletcher
Political party Democratic
Profession Attorney
Website Governor Steve Beshear Official site
Steven Lynn "Steve" Beshear (b. September 21, 1944) is a member of the Democratic Party, and the 61st and current governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Beshear had previously served in the Kentucky House of Representatives as well as the state's Attorney General from 1980 to 1984 and Lieutenant Governor from 1984 to 1988.

Education and early career

Beshear attended the University of Kentucky, where he received a bachelor's degree and a law degree. He was a member of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity and served in the United States Army Reserve (1969-1975).

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. He 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.

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.

In 1987, he 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. He was the Democratic nominee for the United States Senate in 1996, losing to incumbent Mitch McConnell.

2007 election

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.[1] 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.[2]

Governor

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.

When Beshear took office, he inherited a budget crisis from the previous administration. This crisis has since led to the decision to cut funding in post-secondary education by nearly 15% until the state can 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.[3] The proposal calls 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 would need 3/5 support in both the state house and senate, which Senate President David Williams gave no chance of happening.[4]

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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References

  1. Fletcher, Beshear to Face off in Nov. LEX18, May 27, 2006
  2. Beshear beats Fletcher to win race for Kentucky governor The Courier-Journal, Nov. 06, 2007
  3. Beshear to unveil casino bill next week by Tom Loftus, The Courier-Journal, Feb. 08, 2008
  4. Kentucky may get up to 12 casinos by Gregory A. Hall, The Courier-Journal, Feb. 15, 2008