Bevin names transition team, General Counsel

By Matt Lasley -


Kentucky Governor-Elect Matt Bevin (R) has announced the steering committee for his transition into office, as well as who will serve as General Counsel for his administration.

Bevin’s committee will be chaired by Mac Brown, of the Brown-Forman Corporation.

“I am pleased to announce that Mac Brown is leading our transition team,” said Bevin in a press release. “Mac is highly respected for his business acumen and strategic planning experience with one of Kentucky’s most successful companies. It is an honor to have him leading this transition.”

The individuals selected for Bevin’s transition steering committee will be working to evaluate policy and personnel needs in core areas of government and will use their experience to advise Bevin on how to ensure each division can best serve the needs of Kentucky in his administration, the release states.

“It is a privilege to serve Governor-Elect Bevin and our Commonwealth in this capacity,” Brown said. “Matt is assembling an administration staffed by the best and brightest to usher in a fresh start for Kentucky. Our priority is to manage the transition in a deliberate, inclusive, and efficient manner. We have been preparing for this historic opportunity for several weeks and will continue to identify the right people for the right positions throughout the transition.”

No transition steering committee member is a candidate for any position associated with his or her committee.

Members of Bevin’s transition steering committee and the areas in which they will serve are as follows:

Brown, Chair

Jenean Hampton, Lieutenant Governor-Elect

Kristen Webb-Hill, Transition Director

Vivek Sarin, Governor’s Office

District 36 State Representative Jerry T. Miller, Steering Committee Director

John Hodgson, Budget and Operations Director

John Roach, General Counsel

District 64 State Representative Tom Kerr, Economic Development

Billy Harper, Education and Workforce Development

Kathy Walker, Energy and Environment

Bonita Black, Health and Family Services

Mark Sommer, Justice and Public Safety

Garth Kuhnhein, Personnel

Julie Denton, Public Protection and Labor

Brett Gaspard, Tourism, Arts and Heritage

Hal Heiner, Transportation

Major General Donald Storm, Department of Military Affairs

John Farris, Kentucky Retirement System

Frank Farris, Finance and Administration

Tom Stephens, Transition Personnel Director

Jessica Ditto, Communications Director

“We have been given a clear charge by the people of the Commonwealth to lead with conservative principles,” Bevin said. “I am committed to building an administration comprised of individuals exemplifying character, competence, and commitment to Kentucky. I am pleased to have such individuals on our initial team. All of us are united in our efforts to make Kentucky better for generations to come.”

Additionally, this past Tuesday, Nov. 10, Bevin announced that he had selected attorney M. Stephen Pitt for the position of General Counsel for the Office of the Governor.

A 69-year-old native of Lewisburg, Logan County who has practiced law for Wyatt, Tarrant, and Combs LLP for 38 years, Pitt brings more than 44 years of legal experience to Bevin’s administration.

“I am really impressed with Matt Bevin and his vision for Kentucky,” Pitt said in news release. “I’m looking forward to giving back to the people of Kentucky. I want to be part of something that’s lasting and meaningful. It is an honor to have this opportunity.”


By Matt Lasley

Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.

Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.

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