Steve Beshear was sworn in as governor of Kentucky on Dec. 11, 2007. He was re-elected to a second term in 2011.

An attorney by profession, Beshear has a long background in public service, having served as a state representative in the Kentucky General Assembly, attorney general and lieutenant governor prior to being elected governor.

To each of these positions he has brought a foundation of integrity and ethics, as well as a deeply felt commitment to improving the lives of fellow Kentuckians. After leaving office as lieutenant governor, Beshear practiced law for nearly two decades before returning to public office.

As governor, Beshear has helped restore public trust by creating a culture of integrity in state government. He has focused on initiatives to help Kentucky families.  

Beshear is a native of Dawson Springs in Hopkins County. He holds a bachelor’s degree and law degree from the University of Kentucky, where he was president of the student body. He served as an intelligence analyst in the U.S. Army Reserve, where he also carried out certain judge advocate general duties.

He and his wife, Jane, have been married since 1969. They have two sons and three grandchildren.