Governor of Kentucky
On December 10, 2019, Governor Andy Beshear was sworn in as the 63rd governor of Kentucky. Andy Beshear grew up in Fayette, Franklin, and Clark counties and graduated from Henry Clay High School. He is the son of Steve and Jane Beshear, the 61st governor and first lady. As governor, Beshear is prioritizing public education, health care, better paying jobs, and public pensions.
Andy graduated magna cum laude from Vanderbilt University and earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he was a Dean’s Scholar. After law school, Andy worked at an international law firm based in Washington, D.C., and it was during that time that he met his wife, Britainy.
After marrying, Andy and Britainy moved back to Kentucky and Andy continued his legal career in his home state. While serving as one of the nation’s top consumer lawyers, Andy tailored his practice to represent non-profit youth organizations, helping implement background checks and other protective measures to keep kids safe. That experience and the values Andy grew up learning led him to run for and become Kentucky’s Attorney General in 2016. As Attorney General, Andy fought tirelessly for Kentucky families, taking on opioid manufacturers and investigating and prosecuting rogue doctors and drug traffickers.
To protect the Commonwealth’s children, the Office of the Attorney General, under Andy Beshear, arrested record numbers of child predators and trained thousands of Kentuckians on how to recognize, report and prevent child abuse and human trafficking.
As Attorney General, Andy made it a top priority of his office to end the state’s rape kit backlog, seeking justice for victims of sexual assault. Through settlements, he secured millions of dollars in funding to get kits tested and to make much-needed upgrades at the Kentucky State Police crime lab, and he launched one of the nation’s preeminent cold case units to investigate and prosecute cases.
Andy was an independent voice as Attorney General and fought to uphold Kentucky’s constitution and laws. He stood up for higher education and hard-earned pensions. He knows when state government operates in secret, it is not working for the people, and that is why Andy is committed to an open, transparent and inclusive administration.
Governor Beshear and First Lady Britainy Beshear have two children, Will and Lila.