Andy Beshear

Andy Beshear
50th Attorney General of Kentucky
Assumed office
January 4, 2016
Governor Matt Bevin
Preceded by Jack Conway
Personal details
Born Andrew Graham Beshear
(1977-11-29) November 29, 1977
Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Britainy Beshear
Children 2
Alma mater Vanderbilt University (B.A.)
University of Virginia (J.D.)
Religion Disciples of Christ
Website Government website

Andrew Graham "Andy" Beshear (born November 29, 1977) is an American attorney and also the 50th and current Attorney General of Kentucky. He is a member of the Democratic Party.


Beshear attended Vanderbilt University, and he earned a bachelor's degree in political science and anthropology. He then attended the University of Virginia School of Law, where he received his Juris Doctor. In 2005, he was hired by the law firm Stites & Harbison.[1][2] He has represented the developers of the Bluegrass Pipeline, which would transport natural gas through the state.[3]

Beshear announced his campaign for the 2015 election for Attorney General of Kentucky in November 2013 to succeed Jack Conway, who could not run for reelection due to term limits.[4][5] Beshear defeated the Republican Party nominee, Whitney Westerfield, and was sworn into office in January 2016.[6][7]

In April 2016, Beshear sued Matt Bevin, the Governor of Kentucky, over his mid-cycle budget cuts to the state university system, which Beshear says Bevin is not authorized to do.[8] On September 21, 2016, the Kentucky Supreme Court issued a 5-2 ruling agreeing with Beshear that Bevin did not have the authority to make mid-cycle budget cuts without the approval of the General Assembly. [9]

Personal life

He is the son of former Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and former Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear. He and his wife, Britainy, have two children.[1]

Electoral history

Kentucky Attorney General Election, 2015
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Andy Beshear 479,567 50.12
Republican Whitney Westerfield 477,366 49.88


  1. 1 2 "Profile: Meet Andy Beshear, the Democratic nominee for attorney general". Retrieved November 3, 2015.
  2. "Beshear taps father's network in AG run". Paducah Sun. Retrieved November 3, 2015.
  3. Bruggers, James (August 2, 2013). "Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear's son working for Bluegrass Pipeline developers". The Courier-Journal. Retrieved November 3, 2015.
  4. "Andy Beshear Announces Bid for Kentucky Attorney General". WFPL News. November 14, 2013. Retrieved July 22, 2014.
  5. "Andy Beshear breaks fundraising record for down-ballot 2015 race". CN2. October 3, 2013. Retrieved November 7, 2014.
  6. "Andy Beshear prevails for attorney general". The Courier-Journal. November 3, 2015. Retrieved December 15, 2015.
  7. Smith, Lawrence (November 10, 2015). "Democratic Attorney General-elect Andy Beshear pledges cooperation". WDRB-TV. Retrieved December 15, 2015.
  8. Loftus, Tom (April 11, 2016). "AG Beshear sues to reverse Bevin university cuts". The Courier-Journal. Retrieved April 11, 2016.
  9. "Ky. Supreme Court Rules Bevin Can't Cut Budget of Public Colleges, Universities". WKYT. September 21, 2016. Retrieved September 21, 2016.

External links

Legal offices
Preceded by
Jack Conway
Attorney General of Kentucky
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