Matt Bevin

Matt Bevin
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62nd Governor of Kentucky
Assumed office
December 8, 2015
LieutenantJenean Hampton
Preceded bySteve Beshear
Personal details
BornMatthew Griswold Bevin
(1967-01-09) January 9, 1967 (age 51)
Denver, Colorado, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Glenna Bevin (1996–present)
Children10
ResidenceGovernor's Mansion
EducationWashington and Lee University (BA)
Central Michigan University
OccupationBusinessman
SignatureOfficial website
Military service
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service1989–1993
RankArmy-USA-OF-02.svg Captain
UnitUS 5th Infantry Division.svg 5th Infantry Division

Matthew Griswold Bevin (n/; born January 9, 1967) is an American businessman and politician serving as the 62nd and current Governor of Kentucky since 2015. He is the third Republican elected Governor of Kentucky since World War II, after Ernie Fletcher (2003–2007) and Louie Nunn (1967–1971).

Born in Denver, Colorado, and raised in Shelburne, New Hampshire, Bevin earned a bachelor's degree at Washington and Lee University in 1989, then served four years of active duty in the U.S. Army, attaining the rank of captain. He became wealthy in the investment business and moved to Louisville, Kentucky, in 1999. In 2011, he assumed the presidency of Bevin Brothers Manufacturing Company, the last remaining American manufacturer of bells. When Bevin took over, the business, which had been in his family since its founding in 1832, was struggling and on the verge of closure. Bevin revived the company and restored its profitability.

In 2013, Bevin announced he would challenge Kentucky's senior U.S. Senator, then-Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, in the 2014 Republican primary. Although he gained the support of various groups aligned with the Tea Party Movement, McConnell attacked him repeatedly for inconsistencies in his public statements and policy positions and defeated him by almost 25 percentage points. After announcing he would seek the governorship in 2015, Bevin emerged from a four-way Republican primary, besting his nearest competitor, Agriculture Commissioner James Comer by 83 votes. On November 3, 2015, he defeated the state's attorney general, Democrat Jack Conway, in the general election.

Early life and education

Born January 9, 1967, in Denver, Colorado, Matt Bevin was the second of six children born to Avery and Louise Bevin.[1][2] He grew up in the rural town of Shelburne, New Hampshire, in a small farmhouse heated by wood-fired stoves.[3][4] His father worked at a wood mill, and his mother worked part-time in a hospital admissions department.[1] The family raised livestock and grew much of their own food.[5] At age 6, Bevin made money by packaging and selling seeds to his neighbors.[6] He credits his involvement in 4-H, where he served as president of the local and county chapters and as a member of the state teen council, with developing his public speaking and leadership skills.[4] He was also involved with the county's Dairy Club.[4]

Initially attending a small Christian school, in tenth grade Bevin enrolled as a student at Gould Academy, a private high school across the state line in Bethel, Maine.[4] He paid his tuition through a combination of financial aid and wages from an on-campus dishwashing job and various summer jobs.[1] After graduation, he attended Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, on a partial ROTC scholarship.[1] During his matriculation, he studied abroad in Japan and became fluent in Japanese.[4] He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in East Asian Studies in 1989.[1][7]

After taking eight weeks off to complete a 3,800-mile (6,100 km) bicycle ride from Oregon to Florida, Bevin enlisted in the United States Army and was commissioned as a second lieutenant.[4] In 1990, he completed a six-week Junior Officer Maintenance Course at Fort Knox in Kentucky.[8] He later commented that the area reminded him of where he grew up, and that if he had a chance to raise a family there, he would like to do so.[8] He was assigned to the 25th Field Artillery Regiment of the Army's 5th Mechanized Infantry Division at Fort Polk in Louisiana.[8] During his assignment, he also trained at Fort Sill in Oklahoma, completing 40 credit hours of Central Michigan University coursework offered on base.[8] He rose to the rank of captain – earning the Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Parachutist Badge, and Army Commendation Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster – before joining the Army Reserve in 1993.[8] He left the Individual Ready Reserve in 2003.[1]

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