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Bevin appoints new deputy chief of staff for policy and legislation

Sunderland previously served as governor’s legislative director
Bryan Sunderland

FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 1, 2018) — Gov. Matt Bevin today announced the appointment of Bryan Sunderland as deputy chief of staff. In addition to his oversight of legislative initiatives, Sunderland will assume many of the responsibilities formerly held by Adam Meier, who was named Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) Secretary on May 17.

Sunderland has served as the Governor’s legislative director for the past 2½ years, coordinating efforts between the administration and General Assembly to enact a myriad of transformative measures to accelerate economic development and job growth across Kentucky. Unprecedented investments in education and workforce training, an emphasis on red tape reduction, and historic legal liability and criminal justice reforms have all contributed to empowering Kentuckians and unleashing the state’s full potential.

“I am sincerely appreciative for the opportunity to serve the commonwealth in this new capacity,” said Sunderland. “Our administration is making historic strides on a number of fronts, and I’m excited to continue our momentum toward making Kentucky the best we can possibly be.”

As deputy chief of staff, Sunderland will take on an expanded role in developing executive branch policy initiatives, while also serving as legislative director.

Before joining the Bevin administration, Sunderland spent a decade with the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, serving as senior vice president of the Chamber’s Public Affairs division. Prior to that, he was director of legislative operations for the Kentucky Senate.

Ellen Adkisson, who has served for the past two sessions as legislative assistant under Sunderland, will be promoted to the position of legislative liaison for the Governor’s office.