Crit Luallen

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Crit Luallen
56th Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky
Incumbent
Assumed office
November 13, 2014
Governor Steve Beshear
Preceded by Jerry Abramson
Auditor of Kentucky
In office
December 9, 2003 – January 2, 2012
Governor Ernie Fletcher
Steve Beshear
Preceded by Ed Hatchett
Succeeded by Adam Edelen
Personal details
Born (1952-07-21) July 21, 1952 (age 62)
Frankfort, Kentucky, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Lynn Luallen
Alma mater Centre College
Religion Episcopalianism

Eugenia Crittenden Blackburn "Crit" Luallen (born July 21, 1952) is the 56th and current Lieutenant Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Luallen previously served as Kentucky Auditor of Public Accounts.

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 Gov. Wendell Ford. She worked in various other state government positions for six Kentucky Governors 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.[2] Luallen was not eligible to run for another term as Auditor. As Auditor, Luallen received near universal praise, “uncovering millions of dollars in fraud—sending up a then-unheard-of 120 cases to law enforcement." She was seen as "a non-partisan figure whose work resulted in the prosecution of 34 public officials, many from her own party.”[3] 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[4] 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",[5][6] and ruled out running against McConnell in 2014.[7] In April 2014, she ruled out running for Governor in 2015.[8]

Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky[edit]

On November 6, 2014, Gov. Steve Beshear appointed Luallen Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky, effective at November 13, 2014. Luallen will complete the term of Jerry Abramson who was appointed Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Intergovernmental Affairs by President Barack Obama. [9]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jerry Abramson
Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky
2014–present
Incumbent