FRANKFORT, Ky. – Kentucky officially has new statewide officeholders. The Constitutional officers were sworn in at an inauguration ceremony at the state capitol Monday.
The five office holders are all Republicans but Democrat Governor Andy Beshear fostered a tone of bipartisanship ahead of the swearing-in ceremony.
“We can work across branches of government to make ultimately we are providing the best life and opportunity to each and every one of our families,” Beshear said. “Because our people the ones who are depending on us, the ones who elected us have too much to lose if we don’t.”
The first to be sworn in was Michael Adams who was sworn in as Secretary of State, he commented on his plans to bring integrity back to the office during the next four years. “In addition to achieving the changes necessary to our election system to protect it from without,” Adams said. “You will also see me work to protect our system from within by governing with integrity by welcoming and respecting all views and those who hold them,” Adams says the first couple things he will be focusing on are bringing a photo ID law to the commonwealth as well as cleaning up the voter rolls.
Next, Attorney General Daniel Cameron was ceremonially sworn in for the term he was elected to, he was officially sworn in at a ceremony at the University of Louisville School of Law at midnight. Cameron was appointed to the attorney general’s office early to fill the vacancy left open by Andy Beshear. Cameron commented on the significance of his role as the first African-American Attorney General and the first African-American to be elected to statewide office on their own.
“I recognize the significance of this moment but what is more important to me is that I hope this moment propels men and women who look like me to answer the call of public service regardless of political affiliation,” Cameron said.
“I hope it says to them not only can you cast your ballot at a statewide election but that you can also put your name on that ballot and have it fairly considered by the citizens of the commonwealth,” Cameron says his office will treat everyone fairly under the law regardless of political affiliation, background, color or upbringing.
Auditor Mike Harmon was sworn in for his second term as well. Harmon joked about being the oldest statewide officeholder before touching on his accomplishments of the past four years and promising to accomplish more during the next four years.
“One of the first things I did when I entered the auditor’s office was I told all my staff we don’t target anyone, nor do we give anyone a pass, but we just simply follow the data,” Harmon said. “Team follows the data has accomplished many things during my first term but there is certainly much more that needs to be done.”
Treasurer Allison Ball was also sworn in for her second term. When she was elected four years ago she was the youngest statewide officeholder in the country she also became Kentucky’s first statewide officeholder to give birth in office. She says among her accomplishments within the office the past four years she is honored to help inspire other women to hold office.
“I’ve gotten to see a lot of young women come up to me and say they are so excited and encouraged about their potential and their possibility about leadership throughout Kentucky because they got to see me as a mom hold this role and this job,” Ball said. She says she will continue to promote transparency and financial literacy over the next four years.
Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles was also sworn in for his second term. Quarles said he plans to hit the ground running the next four years.
“I am determined to be the best commissioner of agriculture for all of Kentucky regardless of who you are, or where you’re from,” said Quarles. “Over the past four years, we have championed issues both in rural and urban Kentucky,” Quarles says he will be working on modernizing several laws for the next four years. Gov. Beshear said this is the most diverse, and young group of constitutional officers Kentucky has seen.