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    Andy Beshear
    Andrew Graham Beshear (born November 29, 1977) is an American attorney and politician who has served as the 63rd Governor of Kentucky since December 2019. A member of the Democratic Party, he is the so...
  • Paul E. Patton, Governor (1937 - d.)
    Edward Patton (born May 26, 1937) was the 59th governor of Kentucky, serving from 1995 to 2003. Because of a 1992 amendment to the Kentucky Constitution, he was the first governor eligible to succeed h...
  • Brereton Jones, Governor (1939 - 2023)
    Chandler Jones (born June 27, 1939) is a horse breeder and politician from the US state of Kentucky. From 1987 to 1991, he served as the 50th Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky and from 1991 to 1995, he w...
  • Martha Layne Collins, Governor
    Layne Collins (née Hall; born December 7, 1936) is an American former businesswoman and politician from the U.S. state of Kentucky; she was elected as the state's 56th governor from 1983 to 1987, the f...
  • Julian Carroll, Governor
    Morton Carroll (born April 16, 1931) is a politician from the US state of Kentucky. A Democrat, he is a member of the Kentucky Senate, representing Anderson, Franklin, Woodford, and part of Fayette cou...

List of Governors of Kentucky

Kentucky was initially Kentucky County in Virginia. It achieved statehood and was admitted to the Union on June 1, 1792; see the list of governors of Virginia for the period before statehood. There have been 57 governors, serving 61 distinct terms.

An unelected group proclaimed Kentucky's secession from the Union on November 20, 1861, and it was annexed by the Confederate States of America on December 10, 1861. The Confederate government elected two governors (listed separately), but it never held much control over the state, and the main line of governors was preserved.

Steve Beshear is the 61st and current (2013) governor, having served since December 11, 2007. Isaac Shelby was 1st and 5th Governor of Kentucky.