Steve Beshear

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Steve Beshear
Steve Beshear at Microphone.jpg
61st Governor of Kentucky
From: January 3, 2011 – December 8, 2015
Predecessor Ernie Fletcher
Successor Matt Bevin
Party Democrat
Spouse(s) Jane Beshear
Religion Christian

Steven L. Beshear (born September 21, 1944) is a former Governor of Kentucky. He was elected in 2007. His second term expired on December 8, 2015, and was replaced by conservative Republican Matt Bevin. Four years later, Beshear's son, Andy Beshear narrowly unseated Bevin.

Despite being a Democrat, Beshear supported the construction of Answers in Genesis' and Ark Encounter LLC's Ark Encounter project in northern Kentucky, even though he later turned against the construction. While Governor, Kentucky implemented the Affordable Care Act bringing health care coverage to 500,000 citizens.[1]

On February 28, 2017, Beshear gave the Democratic response to President Donald Trump's address to a joint session of Congress. He defended Obamacare and called for any replacement to offer at least as much coverage as the present law. He inadvertently claimed to be a "Republican."[2]


External links

  • Profile at the National Governors Association