Andy Beshear has served as the 63rd Governor of Kentucky Since December 2019. He is the son of Steve Beshear, the 61st Governor of Kentucky.
Beshear was elected attorney general of Kentucky in November 2015. As attorney general, Beshear sued Governor Matt Bevin several times over issues such as health care and pensions, before challenging and narrowly defeating Bevin in the 2019 gubernatorial election.
In 2016, Beshear sued governor Matt Bevin over his mid-cycle budget cuts to the state university system, which Beshear said Bevin was not authorized to do. The Kentucky Supreme Court issued a 5-2 ruling agreeing with Beshear.
In 2018, Beshear again successfully sued Bevin for a controversial plan to reform teacher pensions, with the Supreme Court ruling the bill unconstitutional.
By November 2018, Beshear had filed nine lawsuits against pharmaceutical companies for their alleged involvement in fueling Kentucky’s opioid epidemic.
Beshear joined 15 other attorneys general in December 2018 in opposing the ruling of a Texas judge that the Affordable Care Act was unconstitutional. Beshear said that “for so many families the Affordable Care Act is a matter of life and death.”
Beshear served just one term as Attorney General, foregoing a run for a second term in 2019 to run instead successfully for Governor.
He grew up in Fayette, Franklin, and Clark counties and graduated from Henry Clay High School in Lexington, Kentucky. Beshear attended Vanderbilt University and graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in political science and anthropology. He then attended the University of Virginia School of Law, where he received his Juris Doctor.