Office of Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear

State Properties to go Tobacco-Free

Citing Kentucky’s continued worst state ranking in smoking and cancer deaths, Governor Steve Beshear announced that all executive branch state property campuses will be tobacco-free effective November 20, 2014.


Shaping Our Appalachian Region

In an effort to focus on the future success of southern and eastern Kentucky, Gov. Beshear and Rep. Rogers organized the SOAR Summit to gather ideas and recommendations about how to move Kentucky’s Appalachian region forward.


A National Model for Health Coverage

kynect has been hailed as a national model since its launch for its smooth operation and easy interface. With approximately 640,000 uninsured Kentuckians prior to open enrollment, kynect is helping ensure access to quality, affordable care.


Early Childhood

From Race to the Top to preschool screening, Gov. Beshear believes the best opportunities for Kentucky’s future lie in providing the best early childhood programs for Kentucky’s kids.


Kentucky Exports Up

High global demand for Kentucky-made products and services have pushed the state’s export activity into high gear. Kentucky ranked second in the nation for export growth in the first half of 2013.


Putting Kentucky First

Attracting and Growing Jobs

During his time in office, Gov. Beshear has brought Kentucky successfully through a historic recession by making the Commonwealth a leader in job creation. Since implementing Incentives for a New Kentucky (INK) legislation in July 2009, Gov. Beshear has announced more than $10.7 billion in new economic development investment and more than 58,000 new and retained jobs in the Commonwealth.

In 2013, Kentucky shattered its all-time export record, reaching $25.3 billion in sales of Kentucky-made products and services. The state’s annual export growth rate of 14 percent was second-highest in the nation and was well over the nationwide export growth average of 2 percent. This growth included a record year in motor vehicle exports, ranking Kentucky the third-highest auto-producing state in the country.

Balanced Budget without Raising Taxes

Clean and Ethical Government

Quality Education for All Students

Affordable and Accessible Health Care

Honoring our Veterans