Governor-Elect Bevin announces transition chair, steering committee members

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A press release from Governor-Elect Matt Bevin's communication director identified Louisville executive Mac Brown as chair of the transition team and lists the steering committee members who will populate the personnel needs of state government. The full press release is below, and note the last paragraph, which states, "No transition steering committee member is a candidate for any position associated with their committee."

Gov.-Elect Bevin announces Mac Brown to head transition team

Chairman of Transition Team is Brown-Forman Corporation executive

By Jessica Ditto
Communications Director, Gov.-Elect Bevin's Transition Team

Frankfort, KY - (Thu 5 Nov 2015) Today, Governor-Elect Matt Bevin, (R-KY) announced Louisville executive Mac Brown will serve as the chairman of his transition team. J. McCauley "Mac" Brown is one of the executives of Brown-Forman Corporation, a FORTUNE 1,000 company.

"I am pleased to announce that Mac Brown is leading our transition team," said Governor-Elect Bevin. "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."

"It is a privilege to serve Governor-Elect Bevin and our Commonwealth in this capacity. Matt is assembling an administration staffed by the best and brightest to usher in a fresh start for Kentucky," said Mac Brown. "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."

Governor-Elect Bevin also announced the members of the transition steering committee. These individuals have been selected for their experience, expertise, and commitment to the Commonwealth.

"We have been given a clear charge by the people of the Commonwealth to lead with conservative principles," said Governor-Elect Bevin. "I am committed to building an administration comprised of individuals exemplifying character, competence, & 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."

The individuals on the Transition Steering Committee will be working to evaluate the policy and personnel needs in these core areas of state government. They will use their experience to advise Governor-Elect Bevin on how to ensure each division can best serve the needs of Kentucky in his administration. No transition steering committee member is a candidate for any position associated with their committee.

Members of Governor-Elect Bevin's Transition Steering Committee:

- Mac Brown, Chair
- Jenean Hampton, Lt. Governor-Elect
- Kristen Webb-Hill, Transition Director
- Vivek Sarin, Governor's Office
- Rep. Jerry T. Miller, Steering Committee Director
- John Hodgson, Budget & Operations Director
- John Roach, General Counsel
- Rep. Tom Kerr, Economic Development
- Billy Harper, Education & Workforce Development
- Kathy Walker, Energy & Environment
- Bonita Black, Health & Family Services
- Mark Sommer, Justice & Public Safety
- Garth Kuhnhein, Personnel
- Julie Denton, Public Protection & Labor
- Brett Gaspard, Tourism, Arts & Heritage
- Hal Heiner, Transportation
- Maj. General Donald Storm, Department of Military Affairs
- John Farris, Kentucky Retirement System
- Frank Farris, Finance & Administration
- Tom Stephens, Transition Personnel Director
- Jessica Ditto, Communications Director

No transition steering committee member is a candidate for any position associated with their committee.