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Crit Luallen

Crit Luallen
56th Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky
Assumed office
November 13, 2014
Governor Steve Beshear
Preceded by Jerry Abramson
Auditor of Kentucky
In office
December 9, 2003 – January 2, 2012
Governor Ernie Fletcher
Steve Beshear
Preceded by Ed Hatchett
Succeeded by Adam Edelen
Personal details
Born (1952-07-21) July 21, 1952
Frankfort, Kentucky, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Lynn Luallen
Alma mater Centre College
Religion Episcopalianism

Eugenia Crittenden Blackburn "Crit" Luallen (born July 21, 1952) is the 56th and current Lieutenant Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Luallen previously served as Kentucky Auditor of Public Accounts.


  • Early Life and Education 1
  • Early career 2
  • Kentucky Auditor 3
  • Political future 4
  • Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Early Life and Education

Luallen is a native of Frankfort. She graduated from Frankfort High School before continuing on to study at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky.

Early career

She has served the people of the Commonwealth of Kentucky since 1974, starting with her service in Gov. Wendell Ford's executive cabinet. She worked in various other state government positions including Secretary of the Executive Cabinet under Governor Paul E. Patton, culminating in her election to Auditor in 2003 and re-election in 2007.[1]

Kentucky Auditor

She was elected to the position of state auditor in November 2003 and was re-elected by a wide margin in the 2007 Kentucky State Elections.[2] Luallen was not eligible to run for another term as Auditor. As Auditor, Luallen received near universal praise, “uncovering millions of dollars in fraud—sending up a then-unheard-of 120 cases to law enforcement." She was seen as "a non-partisan figure whose work resulted in the prosecution of 34 public officials, many from her own party.”[3] Luallen was not eligible to run for another term as Auditor.

Political future

Luallen was considered a top contender for the Democratic nomination to challenge Senator Mitch McConnell in the 2008 Election[4] before announcing her decision not to run but instead to remain as Auditor. In December 2011, Luallen said "At this stage in my career, I think the next race for me if I decide to run for statewide race would be for governor",[5][6] and ruled out running against McConnell in 2014.[7] In April 2014, she ruled out running for Governor in 2015.[8]

Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky

On November 6, 2014, Gov. Steve Beshear appointed Luallen Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky, effective at November 13, 2014. Luallen will complete the term of Jerry Abramson who was appointed Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Intergovernmental Affairs by President Barack Obama. [9]


  1. ^ Crit Luallen's Biography. KY Auditor of Public Accounts, Crit Luallen's Biography
  2. ^ Howington, Patrick. "Democrats' Crit Luallen wins 59 percent of vote to keep Ky. auditor post". Lexington Herald-Leader, 7 November 2007
  3. ^ . 
  4. ^ Daily Kos: KY-Sen: Schumer says Crit is in
  5. ^ Alessi, Ryan (December 29, 2011). "'"Crit Luallen says if she runs statewide again it 'would be for governor. cn2. Retrieved January 2, 2012. 
  6. ^ Eblen, Tom (November 13, 2011). "Tom Eblen: As she leaves auditor's office, Crit Luallen plans a break, then another run".  
  7. ^ Storm, Nick (July 20, 2012). "After outlining goals to improve Kentucky, Luallen says she's still mulling run for governor". Pure Politics. cn|2. Retrieved October 22, 2012. 
  8. ^ Alessi, Ryan (April 24, 2014). "Former Auditor Crit Luallen says she won't run for governor in 2015". cn2. Retrieved April 24, 2014. 
  9. ^ Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson resigns; Governor appoints successor

External links

  • Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky
Political offices
Preceded by
Jerry Abramson
Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky
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