Lexington, Ky. – Former Kentucky Lieutenant Governor Crit Luallen has joined Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship board of directors.
The center is an innovative youth leadership non-profit dedicated to educating a new generation of leaders in the lost art of negotiation, goodwill, and compromise.
“Former Lieutenant Governor Luallen is dedicated to public service and a leads by example. Her breadth of experience in government is extensive, and she is well-known for her ability to reach across the aisle to bridge partisan division,” said board chairman Robert Clay. “We are delighted and privileged to have her on board as we work to teach a new generation of leaders the principles and practices of statesmanship.”
Crit Luallen served with seven Kentucky governors and was twice elected to statewide office.
In late 2014, she was appointed by Governor Steve Beshear as Kentucky’s 56th Lieutenant Governor. Luallen partnered with the Governor in his efforts to build a stronger Kentucky through job creation and expanded access to health care. As Lt. Governor, she chaired kyhealthnow, an initiative to develop strategies and track progress toward a healthier Kentucky.
Luallen was elected the state’s Auditor of Public Accounts in 2003 and re-elected in 2007. Prior to that, she served nearly seven years as Secretary of the Governor’s Executive Cabinet, the highest appointed position in Kentucky state government. Previous appointments include State Budget Director, Secretary of Finance, Secretary of Tourism, and Commissioner of the Department of the Arts. She also served as President of the Greater Louisville Economic Development Partnership, a regional economic development agency. In 2009 she was named Public Official of the Year by the Washington, D.C.-based magazine Governing for her positive impact on government in Kentucky.
Luallen is a native of Frankfort, a graduate of Centre College, where she serves on the Board of Trustees, and is married to Lynn Luallen.
In late January, the Henry Clay Center will begin accepting applicants for its full-scholarship high school and college students student congresses.