FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky Governor-elect Andy Beshear has filled some key positions in his new administration.
Governor-elect Andy Beshear addresses reporters after Governor Matt Bevin conceded the race. (WKYT)
Beshear made the appointments at the state Capitol in Frankfort Monday.
Lt. Governor-elect Jacqueline Coleman will also serve as the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet secretary.
Longtime state Rep. Rocky Adkins, D-Sandy Hook, will serve as Beshear's senior adviser.
"He will be a key leader in my administration,” Beshear said. “We share a passion for Kentucky. We are committed to building a Commonwealth focused on the common good – one that works for everyone.”
“Being appointed to this senior-level position is a great opportunity to help build a better Kentucky and move the state forward. Through proven leadership with proven results, we can truly serve the people of Kentucky," said Adkins.
Former Lexington Mayor Jim Gray will be the secretary of the Transportation Cabinet.
“Leading with integrity and transparency are the first orders of business. We’ll also be encouraging and recognizing the good work of the department’s team members, and we will all strive to follow the Golden Rule. That’s the way Andy Beshear will lead our state, and that’s why I’m excited and thankful to be part of his team," said Gray.
Col. Haldane B. Lamberton will lead the Kentucky National Guard as adjutant general. He has more than 35 years of military service, 14 years in the Army, and 21 years in the Kentucky National Guard.
The Commissioner for Veterans Affairs will be retired Lt. Col. Keith Jackson. He's a former Lexington fire chief and is retired from the Army.
“Each of these leaders has proven their commitment to Kentucky. They are professionals in their fields and know how to bring people together,” Beshear said.
“As a combat veteran in the United States Army, I understand the processes and challenges that we go through as service members,” said Jackson. “I hope to bring new energy, ideas, and enthusiasm to help make sure our veterans get the benefits and assistance they need.”
Beshear and Lt. Gov.-elect Jacqueline Coleman will be sworn in at the Capitol on Dec. 10. Lawmakers will convene in early January.