On January 3, 2016, Andy Beshear was sworn in as Kentucky’s 50th Attorney General. He entered office with a commitment to strengthen the quality of life for families and communities across the Commonwealth. Under his stewardship, the Office of the Attorney General has a specific mission of preventing and prosecuting child abuse, protecting seniors from scams and abuse, better addressing Kentucky’s drug epidemic, and seeking justice for victims of rape.
Early Life and Education
Born on November 29, 1977, Beshear is the son of Steve and Jane Beshear. He grew up in Fayette, Franklin and Clark Counties, and graduated from Henry Clay High School. His dad, Steve, worked his way from humble beginnings to become the Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky from 2007 to 2015. Along the way, Steve drew on the teachings of his own father, a Baptist minister from Dawson Springs, Kentucky, to instill the values of family, faith, and hard work in his son. These values drive Andy Beshear every day to serve the needs of his family and the families of Kentucky.
Andy Beshear graduated magna cum laude from Vanderbilt University with a bachelor’s degree in political science and anthropology. While there, he was also elected Inter-resident Hall (student body) president. He went on to obtain his law degree from the University of Virginia, where he was a Dean’s Scholar.
Prior to his election, Beshear spent more than a decade in private practice, where he was recognized as the nation’s top consumer lawyer by Lawyer Monthly, and as one of the Best Lawyers in America for four consecutive years. He spent over a decade trying some of the biggest and most complex cases in the American legal system, and managing large teams of lawyers to successful rulings.
As Kentucky’s Attorney General, Beshear’s work to prevent child abuse led to the arrest of more online child predators in 2016 than any year in the history of the office. He moved to provide the most comprehensive statewide child abuse prevention training ever offered and has established his office as the leading agency fighting human trafficking in Kentucky. Under Beshear, the U.S. Department of Justice selected Kentucky as the first state government to receive a federal human trafficking grant. He has also forged partnerships with the trucking and hospitality industries and the Kentucky Baptist Convention to raise human trafficking awareness.
In his efforts to protect seniors, he launched Scam Alerts – the state’s first direct messaging service that notifies Kentuckians when con artists are on the attack – and extended the Elder Abuse Hotline to 24/7. Hotline calls increased 55 percent over the course of a year with this effort.
To ensure justice and healing for Kentucky’s crime victims, Beshear provided $4.5 million in settlement money to fund requested crime lab upgrades to prevent future rape kit backlogs from occurring. The office provided an additional $1 million from the settlement to aid law enforcement and prosecutors in the investigation and prosecution of sexual assault cases.
Additionally, his office issued a tool kit to support Kentucky’s law enforcement community in investigating and prosecuting the results of sexual assault forensic exam kits, and continues to conduct statewide trainings on backlog cases.
To fight back against the pervasive substance-abuse epidemic, Beshear’s office provided $8 million from a legal settlement with a drugmaker directly to fifteen substance treatment centers across Kentucky. The office dedicated $2 million from a different settlement to expand and enhance Rocket Docket programs that expedite drug cases, generate significant cost savings, and allow select defendants rapid access to substance abuse treatment.
Andy Beshear and his wife Britainy have two small children, Will and Lila. The family attends church at Beargrass Christian, a Disciples of Christ church, where both Attorney General Beshear and Britainy are deacons. Britainy serves on the board at the Maryhurst children’s shelter in Louisville, and the entire family volunteers with Family Scholar House.