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Crit Luallen Sworn in as Kentucky's Lieutenant Governor

Affirming to uphold the Kentucky Constitution and pledging that she had never fought a duel, Crit Luallen, of Frankfort, was sworn in Thursday as Kentucky’s 56th Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky in a private ceremony.

Gov. Steve Beshear appointed Luallen to the office after former Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson resigned his post for a position with the White House.

Lt. Gov. Luallen was sworn in by John S. Palmore, former chief justice of the Kentucky Supreme Court. The chief justice and his wife, Carol, hosted the private swearing-in at their home in Franklin County.

The Palmores’ home, Innesfail, was built in 1791 by Lt. Gov. Luallen’s ancestor Judge Harry Innes, the first federal judge in Kentucky. His daughter, Maria Knox Innes, was born in the home and later married Kentucky Gov. John J. Crittenden. Lt. Gov. Luallen is the great-great-great-granddaughter of the Gov. and Mrs. Crittenden and named for him.

“I am deeply honored Judge Palmore agreed to administer the oath of office. He and Carol are dear friends and have made such valuable contributions to the Commonwealth,” Luallen said. “I’m overwhelmed by the support and encouragement I have received from all across Kentucky on my appointment as lieutenant governor. Gov. Beshear has given me a remarkable opportunity, one that allows me to continue to serve Kentucky and offer my experience and perspective to the Governor over the remainder of the administration.”

Gov. Beshear and First Lady Jane Beshear attended the swearing-in.

“Crit will be a strong fighter for this administration’s priorities,” Beshear said. “I look forward to my partnership with her over the next year to further energize and elevate Kentucky.”

A public swearing-in for Lt. Gov. Luallen will be held Friday at 2:30 p.m. in the State Capitol Rotunda.

Lt. Gov. Luallen is a former state auditor of public accounts who has decades of experience in Kentucky’s executive branch, including stints as state budget director, secretary of the Governor’s Executive Cabinet, secretary of the Finance and Administration Cabinet and secretary of the Tourism Cabinet.

-Staff report

Photo provided by Kentucky Office of Creative Services