Matt Bevin was elected the 62nd Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky in 2015. He is a husband, father of nine children, veteran and successful small business owner.
Growing up, Bevin and his family of eight lived in an old farmhouse, sharing three bedrooms and one bathroom. The humble home stood on a farm where the family raised crops and livestock, instilling in their children a strong work ethic and solid Christian values.
Bevin later attended Washington and Lee University in Virginia on an ROTC scholarship. Upon graduation, he served on active duty as a US Army officer and left the service having achieved the rank of captain.
The mantra I developed as a young Army officer, and how I govern, is to be hands-off as much as possible but hands-on as much as necessary.
After his military service, Bevin worked for many years in the financial industry. A job opportunity brought him and his wife Glenna, a registered nurse, to Kentucky in 2000, where they decided to settle down and raise their family.
Bevin founded several companies in Kentucky and invested in a number of others in the Commonwealth as well as in other states. He managed and expanded multiple businesses, ranging from manufacturing, investment management and medical devices. His businesses created a great many well-paying jobs for hard-working Americans.
In 2011, Bevin became the president of Bevin Bros., a small bell manufacturing company founded in 1832, and a family business for six generations. Although the company was bankrupt when he took over, Bevin’s leadership brought it back from the edge and saved more than 25 jobs. Today, Bevin Bros. makes all bells used by the Salvation Army volunteers each year.
Governor Bevin has served on many non-profit boards, including Chairman of the Board for the American Red Cross, Louisville Area Chapter. He has permanently endowed several scholarship funds, grants, and centers that provide educational opportunities for young people with limited financial resources.
As a young man, Bevin discovered in a poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow words that summed up his aspirations:
Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time.