Jenean Hampton

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Jenean Hampton
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Former Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky
From: December 8, 2015 – December 10, 2019
Governor Matt Bevin
Predecessor Crit Luallen
Successor Jacqueline Coleman
Party Republican
Spouse(s) Doyle Isaak
Religion Christian[1]
Military Service
Service/branch United States Air Force
Service Years 1985 - 1992
Rank Captain
Battles/wars Operation Desert Storm

Jenean Michelle Hampton (born May 12, 1958) is a U.S. Air Force veteran and conservative Republican who was the 57th lieutenant governor of Kentucky, being the first black woman in Kentucky to ever hold statewide office.

Military service

Hampton served in the United States Air Force since 1985, being deployed once to Saudi Arabia to manage radar software as part of Operation Desert Storm.[2]

Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky

Hampton was Matt Bevin's running mate in the 2015 Kentucky gubernatorial election, and they won the election by over 80,000 votes of the nearly 1 million cast.[3]

Lt. Gov. Hampton was considered at one point to obtain a job within the Trump administration, having went to a meeting at the Trump Tower on January 6, 2017 to be considered for such.[4]

Lawsuit against Matt Bevin

It was announced in late May 2019 that, according to Hampton, there was corruption and “dark forces” in Governor Bevin's administration following the dismissal of one of the former's staff members.[5] Hampton's aide was soon fired around two weeks later.[6] She later filed a lawsuit against Bevin after he fired all of her staff.[7] It was also announced that Bevin had snubbed Hampton from his re-election ticket, picking state senator Ralph Alvarado as his running mate instead; among Hampton's fired staff, one aide alleged the establishment RINO Mitch McConnell to have been behind the firings.[8] Senator Rand Paul asserted on the matter that Hampton “deserves respect” and that he was a “big fan” of her.[9]

Political positions

According to Vote Smart's Political Courage Test, Hampton is a movement conservative who is 100% pro-life and supports criminal justice reform efforts, school choice, and economic deregulation.[10]