|47th State Auditor of Kentucky|
2003 – January 1, 2012
|Preceded by||Edward B. Hatchett, Jr|
|Succeeded by||Adam Edelen|
July 21, 1952 |
|Alma mater||Centre College|
Early Life and Education
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.
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. 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.
Luallen was considered a top contender for the Democratic nomination to challenge Senator Mitch McConnell in the 2008 Election 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", and ruled out running against McConnell in 2014. In April 2014, she ruled out running for Governor in 2015.
- Crit Luallen's Biography. KY Auditor of Public Accounts, Crit Luallen's Biography
- Howington, Patrick. "Democrats' Crit Luallen wins 59 percent of vote to keep Ky. auditor post". Lexington Herald-Leader, 7 November 2007
- Daily Kos: KY-Sen: Schumer says Crit is in
- Alessi, Ryan (December 29, 2011). "Crit Luallen says if she runs statewide again it 'would be for governor'". cn2. Retrieved January 2, 2012.
- 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.
- 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.
- Alessi, Ryan (April 24, 2014). "Former Auditor Crit Luallen says she won't run for governor in 2015". cn2. Retrieved April 24, 2014.