Former Lt. Gov. Hampton Joins Beshear Administration

In an interesting move Gov. Andy Beshear, D – Kentucky, has appointed former Gov. Matt Bevin’s second in command to a post in his administration.

Beshear appointed former. Lt. Gov. Jeanean Hampton, a Republican, to the Emergency Response Commission earlier this week.

Hampton, who is from Bowling Green, Kentucky, was appointed by Beshear to a term with the commission ending June 3, 2023. The press release announcing the new members of the commission says Hampton’s addition to the commission is due to her “technical expertise in the field of emergency response.”

The Emergency Response Commission posting was first published in a press release and tweeted by Jack Brammer of the Lexington Herald-Leader.

Hampton had a very public split with Bevin at the end of their first term. Bevin fired some of her staffers, and went a different direction in his 2019 re-election, dropping Hampton as his running mate and tapping Sen. Ralph Alvarado, R-Winchester, to run with him.

After Bevin lost the 2019 election by 5,000 votes to Andy Beshear, Hampton told news outlets she did not vote for Bevin.

“It was his to lose, and he lost it. I couldn’t do it. I just couldn’t. He lost my vote,” Hampton told WDRB-TV.