Who is Steve Beshear?

Steve Beshear is a professional American politician and attorney. He was the 61st governor of Kentucky who served for 8 years from 2007 to 2015. Furthermore, he was the state’s 44th Attorney General for three years from 1980 to 1983. He has also served as the 49th lieutenant governor from 1983 to 1987.

Quick Info
Celebrated NameSteve Beshear
Professionpolitician and attorney
Birth DateSeptember 21, 1944
Birth PlaceDawson Springs, Kentucky, U.S
Birth NameSteve Lynn Beshear
Star SignVirgo
ParentsFather: Orlando Russell
Mother: Mary Elizabeth
WifeJane Klinger

Steve Beshear

Personal Information

Beshear was born on the 21st of September, 1944 in Dawson Springs, Kentucky, U.S, as the name Steve Lynn Beshear. He is the son of Orlando Russell and Mary Elizabeth. His father served as a mayor and owned a furniture store and operated a funeral home as well. Furthermore, Beshear has four siblings and is the third child.
He married Jane Klinger in 1969 after receiving his honors degree. The couple has two sons together. One of his sons is the current Attorney General of Kentucky.

Steve Beshear


Beshear attended the Dawson High School and graduated as valedictorian in 1962. After, he attended the University of Kentucky and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in history in 1966. Furthermore, he also served as the student body president. Later, he graduated with an honors degree from the University of Kentucky College of Law.

The Career of Steve Beshear

After graduation, Beshear practiced law in New York briefly. He then returned to Kentucky and was elected as the state legislature. He quickly gained a reputation as a consumer advocate for his work. Beshear then became the attorney general and served under Governor John Y. Brown Jr.
People elected Beshear as the lieutenant governor in 1983. He was in the administration of Governor Martha Layne Collins. While he served as the lieutenant governor, he formed the Kentucky Tomorrow Commission which is a panel that makes recommendations for the future of the state. This is considered his most significant action.

Steve Beshear

Beshear practiced law for the next 20 years at a Lexington law firm and did not involve in politics after his rise to the political field was interrupted in 1987. He later challenged Senator Mitch McConnell in 1996 but lost.

However, Beshear drew back to politics and he emerged from the six-candidate Democratic primary and then defeated Fletcher in a general election. He then won the re-election in 2011 by defeating Republican David L. Williams as well as Independent Gatewood Galbraith. He became ineligible for re-election in 2015 due to the term limits of the Kentucky Constitution, therefore, succeeded by Matt Bevin.