Lt. Gov. Resigns, Luallen Appointed

 Kentucky will soon have a new lieutenant governor.
 Governor Steve Beshear announced Thursday that Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson is stepping down to take a job in President Barack Obama’s administration.
 He will serve as the president’s liaison to state and local governments. He will help state and local governments manage policy issues and challenges, such as infrastructure, natural disasters, and public health.

 Beshear has chosen former state Auditor Crit Luallen to serve as his lieutenant governor in his final year in office.
 "Crit is a well-known and beloved public servant, respected by members of both parties for her resolute pursuit of clean, ethical government," said Gov. Beshear. "She was my first and only choice to serve as the new Lieutenant Governor, and I know Kentuckians will be confident that she is more than up to the task.  I’m glad she agreed to return to state government, and I’m certain she will bring that same tenacity and grit to the Lt. Governor’s office."

 Luallen served two terms as state auditor. She began her public service in 1974 and has worked for six Kentucky governors. She served as secretary of the executive cabinet in Governor Paul Patton’s administration.
 Luallen ruled out a run for governor earlier this year.

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