FRANKFORT, Ky. — Regina Stivers has been appointed deputy secretary of the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, Secretary Don Parkinson announced today. Stivers, the wife of Senate president Robert Stivers, brings years of Kentucky public service experience to the cabinet at both the state and federal levels, Parkinson said. Her appointment is effective Jan. 11.
“I am very pleased to have Regina Stivers join me in leading the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet,” Parkinson said. “She is exceptionally qualified and will be instrumental in promoting the incredible tourism and cultural assets that we have here in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Her knowledge of Kentucky as well as state and federal government will serve our cabinet well.”
Stivers has served as the Central Kentucky field director for U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell since 2011. She held a similar position in Eastern Kentucky for former U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning from 2008-2010. In addition, she served in Gov. Ernie Fletcher’s administration as the director of boards and commissions.
“I am honored to be in Gov. Bevin’s administration and look forward to working with him and Secretary Parkinson to promote tourism in our great commonwealth and highlight our rich arts and heritage culture,” said Stivers, a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University and is a native of Whitesburg.
The Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet includes the Department of Travel, Department of Parks, Kentucky Horse Park, Kentucky State Fair Board, the Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, Kentucky Arts Council, the Kentucky Historical Society, Kentucky Heritage Council, Kentucky Artisans Center at Berea, the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, the Governor’s School for the Arts, and the Office of Creative Services.