FRANKFORT, Ky. — Daniel Cameron took the oath of office at midnight Monday, officially beginning the term as Kentucky’s 51st Attorney General. Cameron is the first African American independently elected to statewide office in Kentucky history, after winning 113 of 120 counties.
“Today’s ceremony is significant for many reasons, chief among them that it marks a new day for the Office of the Attorney General,” said Cameron. “We will reclaim the role of the attorney general as chief law enforcement officer for the commonwealth, and we will make the safety of every man, woman and child the core of our mission. This is an office of action, and I stand ready to partner with our law enforcement community and our commonwealth’s and county attorneys to protect Kentuckians. As your attorney general, I will work diligently on behalf of all Kentuckians to be the leading voice on child abuse, human trafficking and the drug epidemic.”
Denise Clayton, chief judge of the Kentucky Court of Appeals, administered the midnight oath at the University of Louisville’s Brandeis School of Law. Cameron is an alumnus of the law school and the university’s McConnell Scholars Program. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell offered congratulatory remarks during the ceremony, along with the dean of the law school, Colin Crawford.
Cameron assumed his position several weeks ago, following appointment by Gov. Andy Beshear to fill the remaining term for which Beshear was elected.
During his first two weeks in office, Cameron established an ambitious agenda to deliver on the promises made to Kentuckians, including partnering with law enforcement to tackle the drug epidemic, protecting the most vulnerable from exploitation, and defending the laws of the commonwealth.
Cameron also asked the FBI to investigate some of the pardons issued by former Gov. Matt Bevin.