Matt Bevin was elected in 2015 as the 62nd Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. He is a husband, father of nine children, U.S. Army 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 crop 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 1998, 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 and in other states. He managed and expanded multiple businesses, ranging from manufacturing and software to investment management and medical devices. His businesses created hundreds of well-paying jobs for hard-working Americans.
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.
Matt’s high school yearbook quote was by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow:
Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time.