|48th State Auditor of Kentucky|
January 2, 2012
|Preceded by||Crit Luallen|
|Chief of Staff to the Governor of Kentucky|
July 2008 – September 15, 2010
|Preceded by||Jim Cauley|
|Succeeded by||Mike Haydon|
November 26, 1974 |
|Alma mater||University of Kentucky (B.S.)|
|Occupation||Auditor of Public Accounts|
Adam Edelen (born November 26, 1974, in Meade County, Kentucky) is the Auditor of Public Accounts for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Prior to that, he was the Chief of Staff for Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear from July 2008 until September 15, 2010. On August 11, 2010, Edelen announced that he would be leaving the post to return to the private sector and run for State Auditor.
Early years and career
At 21, he began his public service career as one of the youngest aides ever to serve a Kentucky Governor. He has since served as a senior executive with both the Greater Lexington Chamber of Commerce (Commerce Lexington) and Thomas & King, Inc. and, most recently, as Director of the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security.
As a two-term gubernatorial appointee to the board of Kentucky Educational Television, Chairman Edelen was the driving force behind the “Be Well Kentucky” initiative—an acclaimed effort which addresses Kentucky’s public health crisis. While vice-president of the Commerce Lexington, Edelen was responsible for the nationally-recognized New Century Lexington Reports on Community Livability, which used a broad range of metrics for measuring Lexington’s quality of life. Edelen has also chaired the United Way of the Bluegrass Annual Campaign and the Lexington Fayette County Urban League. He has also served as a member of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence.
Edelen has received many awards and recognitions. Most notably, Edelen was recently named one of the Ten Outstanding Young Americans for 2008 by the United States Junior Chamber of Commerce. This award is arguably the oldest and most prestigious service award in the nation and previous honorees include presidents John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford and Bill Clinton.
In 2002 he was a recipient of the Lexington Young Professionals Association “Rising Star” award. He was named a Young Leader by the American Swiss Foundation in 2007 and was the presented to 2008 Outstanding Young Kentuckian Award by the Kentucky Junior Chamber of Commerce.
- "Governor Appoints Adam Edelen to Succeed Cauley". Governor Steve Beshear's Communications Office. 2008-06-18.
- Cheves, John (2010-08-11). "Adam Edelen Quitting as Beshear's Top Aide". Lexington Herald-Leader.
- "Adam H. Edelen Appointed Kentucky Homeland Security Director". Government Technology. 2008-01-02.
- "What Do Presidents Kennedy, Nixon, Ford, and Clinton Have in Common with this UK Alum?". Spotlight: University of Kentucky. 2008-09-24.
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