FRANKFORT, Ky. (WDRB) -- Kentucky Gov.-elect Andy Beshear is appointing several prominent Democrats to key positions in his cabinet.
Beshear announced Monday that House Minority Leader Rocky Adkins will be serving as his senior adviser. Adkins has been in the House for more than 30 years and said he’ll use that experience to help Beshear.
Adkins finished second behind Beshear in this year's Democratic primary for governor. He has served in the legislature since the 1980s and in recent years has been the top-ranking Democrat in the GOP-led House. Beshear will be the only Democrat in power, and he'll have to battle Republican super majorities in both chambers determined to make him a one-term governor.
"If the legislature wants to disagree on something, we can do it without calling each other names," Beshear said. "We can actually be adults about how we do it. And I believe that if we can do that, the next day we can come together and get something done."
Beshear said Monday that Lt. Gov.-elect Jacqueline Coleman will serve as secretary of the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, reinforcing her leading role in shaping education policy. And Beshear will step into controversy right away, pledging to replace the entire state board of education on day one.
"We have to have a board of education that supports public education," Beshear said. "We've got to have a commissioner that does that does that too."
Adkins will serve as senior advisor to Beshear. pic.twitter.com/zqb8jjWtBp— Lawrence Smith (@LASmithReports) December 2, 2019
Former Lexington Mayor Jim Gray will serve as Beshear's transportation secretary. In other announcements, Beshear said Col. Haldane Lamberton will serve as adjutant general of the National Guard, and retired Lt. Col. Keith Jackson will be veterans affairs commissioner.
Beshear and Coleman will take the oath of office in Frankfort on Dec. 10.
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