Crit Luallen

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Crit Luallen
47th State Auditor of Kentucky
In office
2003 – January 1, 2012
Governor Ernie Fletcher
Steve Beshear
Preceded by Edward B. Hatchett, Jr
Succeeded by Adam Edelen
Personal details
Born (1952-07-21) July 21, 1952 (age 61)
Frankfort, Kentucky
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Lynn Luallen
Alma mater Centre College
Religion Episcopalian

Eugenia Crittenden Blackburn "Crit" Luallen (born July 21, 1952) is the former Auditor of Public Accounts for the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Early Life and Education[edit]

Luallen is a native of Frankfort. She graduated from Frankfort High School before continuing on to study at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky.

Early career[edit]

She has served the people of the Commonwealth of Kentucky since 1974, starting with her service in Gov. Wendell Ford's executive cabinet. She worked in various other state government positions including Secretary of the Executive Cabinet under Governor Paul E. Patton, culminating in her election to Auditor in 2003 and re-election in 2007.[1]

Kentucky Auditor[edit]

She was elected to the position of state auditor in November 2003 and was re-elected by a wide margin in the 2007 Kentucky State Elections on 6 November 2007.[2] Many political experts have attributed her win to her campaign slogan "Crittin' with Crit." The phrase is a reference to the role playing game attack that deals bonus damage. Luallen was not eligible to run for another term as Auditor.

Political future[edit]

Luallen was considered a top contender for the Democratic nomination to challenge Senator Mitch McConnell in the 2008 Election[3] before announcing her decision not to run but instead to remain as Auditor. In December 2011, Luallen said "At this stage in my career, I think the next race for me if I decide to run for statewide race would be for governor",[4][5] and ruled out running against McConnell in 2014.[6] In April 2014, she ruled out running for Governor in 2015.[7]


  1. ^ Crit Luallen's Biography. KY Auditor of Public Accounts, Crit Luallen's Biography
  2. ^ Howington, Patrick. "Democrats' Crit Luallen wins 59 percent of vote to keep Ky. auditor post". Lexington Herald-Leader, 7 November 2007
  3. ^ Daily Kos: KY-Sen: Schumer says Crit is in
  4. ^ Alessi, Ryan (December 29, 2011). "Crit Luallen says if she runs statewide again it 'would be for governor'". cn2. Retrieved January 2, 2012. 
  5. ^ Eblen, Tom (November 13, 2011). "Tom Eblen: As she leaves auditor's office, Crit Luallen plans a break, then another run". Lexington Herald-Leader. Retrieved November 14, 2011. 
  6. ^ Storm, Nick (July 20, 2012). "After outlining goals to improve Kentucky, Luallen says she's still mulling run for governor". Pure Politics. cn|2. Retrieved October 22, 2012. 
  7. ^ Alessi, Ryan (April 24, 2014). "Former Auditor Crit Luallen says she won't run for governor in 2015". cn2. Retrieved April 24, 2014. 

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