Matt Bevin

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Matt Bevin
Matt Bevin by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Governor of Kentucky
From: December 8, 2015 – December 10, 2019
Lieutenant Jenean Hampton
Predecessor Steve Beshear
Successor Andy Beshear
Party Republican
Spouse(s) Glenna Bevin
Religion Southern Baptist
Military Service
Allegiance United States
Service/branch Army
Service Years 1989–1993
Rank Captain
Unit 5th Infantry Division

Matthew Griswold "Matt" Bevin (born January 9, 1967) is a Tea Party conservative and served as the pro-life[1] governor of Kentucky from 2015 to 2019. Prior to this, Bevin served as a successful business owner and a U.S. Army officer. He narrowly lost his reelection campaign for governor in 2019. In 2014, he challenged Mitch McConnell for U.S. Senate in his primary.

2014 U.S. Senate election

Bevin unsuccessfully challenged U.S. Senator and then-minority leader Mitch McConnell in the Senate primary in 2014.[2]

Kentucky governor

In 2015, Bevin became only the second Republican governor of Kentucky in four decades, winning by a 9-point landslide despite polls predicting a 2–5 point defeat.[3][4][5]

Two months prior to the election, Bevin indicated his full support for Christian clerk Kim Davis, who declines to repudiate the Bible by issuing homosexual marriage licenses.

In the 2016 elections, the Kentucky GOP made massive gains in the state house, gaining a supermajority[6] and controlling the House for the first time since 1921.[7] After the election, Republicans controlled every state legislature in the Southern United States.[6] Before this, the House had been controlled by Democrats, while the Senate and governorship was GOP-controlled, meaning that conservative legislation supported by Bevin and the Senate would die in the house.[7] Because of this victory, Bevin's fiscal and social conservative agenda can now be realized.[7]

Bevin declared both 2016 and 2017 to be the Year of the Bible in Kentucky.[8][9]

After the 2016 election, Republicans did not delay passing conservative legislation. On January 7, 2017, the Kentucky legislature passed seven bills, most of which either created additional protections for unborn human beings (such as banning the form of murder called "abortion" after 20-weeks of pregnancy) or reduced the hold of labor unions in the state (including passing a right to work law).[10][11] Bevin signed all seven into law.[12][13] The first of the bills Bevin stated he would sign was the 20-week abortion ban.[14] He also signed a bill requiring ultrasounds before committing an abortion, which the Sixth Circuit upheld in 2019.[15]

On March 16, 2017, Bevin signed SB 17 into law, which restored freedom to student clubs and organizations in public schools by disallowing the schools from regulating those groups in ways such as forcing them to accept LGBTQ people as members.[16][17] Also in 2017, Bevin signed bills into law making attacking a police officer a hate crime,[18][19] placing Planned Parenthood at the end of the line for funding,[19] and expanding charter schools in Kentucky.[20][21]

In April 2017, Bevin signed into law HB 128, which required the Kentucky Board of Education to develop guidelines for Bible literacy classes so that any such class in public schools would have the same rules.[22][23] Bevin signed another bill authorizing Bible classes in June 2017.[24][25]

In January 2018, Kentucky became the first state in the U.S. to implement a law requiring Medicaid recipients to work.[26]

In March 2019, Bevin signed a bill making Kentucky a constitutional carry state by eliminating the permit requirement for carrying a concealed gun.[27] Also in March 2019, Bevin signed a bill into law banning abortion after a heartbeat is detected in an unborn human,[28] and he later signed another pro-life bill banning abortion on the basis of sex, race, or disability.[29] On March 26, 2019, Bevin signed a bill enforcing free speech protections on public university campuses.[30][31]

In July 2019, Kentucky's legislature under Bevin passed a bill requiring public schools to display the national motto "In God We Trust."[32][33] Bevin ceremoniously signed four pro-life bills into law in August 2019, including one that would ban abortion in the event Roe v. Wade is overturned.[34] In 2019, Bevin promoted Bring Your Bible to School Day.[35]


  1. Multiple references:
  2. Trinko, Katrina (July 29, 2013). Kentucky’s Ted Cruz?. National Review. Retrieved August 16, 2016.
  3. Stolberg, Sheryl Gay (November 4, 2015). Kentucky’s Next Governor, Matt Bevin, Rode In on Outsider Status. The New York Times. Retrieved August 16, 2016.
  4. Stolberg, Sheryl Gay & Blinder, Alan (November 3, 2015). Matt Bevin, Republican, Wins Governor’s Race in Kentucky. The New York Times. Retrieved August 16, 2016.
  5. Kentucky is one of only four states that elects its governor in the odd-numbered year, and one of only two states (the other being Louisiana) that holds its election in the odd-numbered year prior to the presidential election year.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Loftus, Tom (November 9, 2016). GOP takes Ky House in historic shift. Courier-Journal. Retrieved November 9, 2016.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Brammer, Jack & Blackford, Linda (November 8, 2016). Republicans take the Kentucky House after 95 years of Democratic control. Lexington Herald-Leader. Retrieved November 9, 2016.
  8. Watkins, Morgan (December 22, 2016). Bevin: 2017 is also the 'Year of the Bible'. Retrieved January 1, 2017.
  9. Gryboski, Michael (December 23, 2016). Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin Declares 2017 Another 'Year of the Bible'. The Christian Post. Retrieved January 1, 2016.
  10. Loftus, Tom; Watkins, Morgan (January 7, 2017). GOP fast-tracks abortion, right-to-work, UofL bills. Retrieved January 9, 2017.
  11. Williams, Chris (January 8, 2017). Kentucky Republicans pass 7 bills in one day. Retrieved January 9, 2017.
  12. Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of a Better Commonwealth: Gov. Bevin Signs Historic Week One Legislation. Retrieved January 9, 2017.
  13. Bevin: New laws will be in effect by Monday. WKYT. January 9, 2017. Retrieved January 9, 2017.
  14. Gov. Bevin says he's signing bill that bans abortions after 20 weeks first. WCPO. January 8, 2017. Retrieved January 9, 2017.
  15. Re, Gregg (April 4, 2019). Appeals court upholds Ky. abortion law requiring ultrasounds. Fox News. Retrieved April 4, 2019.
  16. Gov. Bevin Signs SB 17, Protecting Religious Expression in Public Schools. WTVQ-DT (March 20, 2017). Retrieved on March 22, 2017.
  17. KY Law Would Allow Student Groups to Discriminate Against LGBT People. The Hill (March 20, 2017). Retrieved on March 22, 2017.
  18. Bevin Signs Contentious Blue Lives Matter Law. The Courier-Journal (March 22, 2017). Retrieved on March 30, 2017.
  19. 19.0 19.1 Bevin Signs Planned Parenthood, Blue Lives Matter Bills Into Law. (March 28, 2017). Retrieved on March 30, 2017.
  20. Matt Bevin Signs Charter Schools Bill Into Law. The Courier-Journal (March 22, 2017). Retrieved on March 30, 2017.
  21. Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin Signs Charter Schools Bill. WDRB (March 22, 2017). Retrieved on March 30, 2017.
  22. Kentucky Governor Signs Bill Authorizing Elective Bible Courses in Public Schools. The Christian Post (April 29, 2017). Retrieved on May 23, 2017.
  23. The Latest: Bible Literacy Bill Headed to Governor's Desk. U.S. News & World Report (March 29, 2017). Retrieved on May 23, 2017.
  24. Kentucky Allows Public Schools to Teach Bible Classes. The Hill (June 29, 2017). Retrieved on June 29, 2017.
  25. Wise, Talia (June 30, 2017). Kentucky Says OK to Teaching the Bible in Schools. CBN News. Retrieved July 2, 2017.
  26. Tobin, Michael (January 29, 2018). Kentucky becomes 1st state in nation to require Medicaid recipients to work. Fox News. Retrieved January 29, 2018.
  27. Multiple references: See also:
  28. Multiple references:
  29. Multiple references:
  30. Vondracek, Christopher (March 27, 2019). Kentucky's Bevin signs bill to protect expression on campus, ban 'free speech' zones. The Washington Times. Retrieved March 28, 2019
  31. Ciccotta, Tom (March 28, 2019). Kentucky Lawmakers Pass Legislation to Expand Speech Rights on Campus. Breitbart News. Retrieved March 28, 2019.
  32. Rodriguez, Katherine (July 28, 2019). Kentucky Schools to Post ‘In God We Trust’ Signs in Hallways. Breitbart News. Retrieved July 28, 2019.
  33. Bohon, Dave (August 5, 2019). Kentucky Latest State to Require “In God We Trust” to Be Displayed in Schools. The New American. Retrieved August 5, 2019.
  34. Berry, Susan (August 9, 2019). Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin Signs Pro-Life Legislation as Court Hears Challenge. Breitbart News. Retrieved August 9, 2019.
  35. Vogt, Bailey (October 3, 2019). Kentucky Gov. Bevin encourages students to celebrate 'Bring Your Bible to School Day'. The Washington Times. Retrieved October 4, 2019.

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