Governors of Kentucky

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History of Kentucky Governors

Kentucky is an old state and has a long line of Kentucky governors, spanning several decades and political parties. The first governor of Kentucky was Isaac Shelby, who was elected in 1792. Shelby served as governor for four years and represented the Democratic-Republican Party. Following Selby, eight more Democratic-Republican governors took office. Kentucky has also had governors from the National Republican Party, the Know Nothing Party, and the Whig Party.

Democratic governors had a stranglehold on Kentucky politics, with almost 40 years of Democratic governors from 1859 until 1895. Since then, Democratic governors have continued to dominate the Kentucky political scene, although occasionally, a Republican governor is elected to office. Most Kentucky governors serve four years and are simply removed from their political position because their term is officially ended.

Current Kentucky Governor

The current governor of Kentucky is Andy Beshear, who was elected in 2019. He is a member of the Democratic political party. Beshear works as an attorney but has a family history rooted in Kentucky politics. Andy Beshear is the son of the 61st governor of Kentucky, Steve Beshear. Andy Beshear narrowly won the election, defeating his opponent by 0.4% of the total vote.

Current Governor
Andy Beshear
Governor Since
Dec 10, 2019
# of Governors Since Statehood

Governors of Kentucky

Which party is the current governor of Kentucky?

The current governor of Kentucky is Andy Beshear, a Democrat.

How many governors has Kentucky had?

There have been 59 governors of Kentucky, 34 Democrats, 9 Republicans, and 17 from other parties.

When was the last Democratic governor in Kentucky?

The last Democratic governor in Kentucky is Andy Beshear, who has served from 2019 to the present day.

When was the last Republican governor in Kentucky?

The last Republican governor in Kentucky was Matt Bevin, who served from 2015 to 2019.

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