Crit Luallen says it's time to learn from past successes to build a stronger future after being sworn in as lieutenant governor

11/14/2014 05:37 PM

Saying that it’s not a day for laying out a new agenda, but is a good day to celebrate all that is good about the state’s past and it’s hopes for the future, former state Auditor of Public Accounts Crit Luallen was sworn in as Kentucky’s 56th lieutenant governor on Friday.

She replaces Jerry Abramson who resigned to accept the position of deputy assistant to President Barack Obama and director of intergovernmental affairs.

Luallen told those gathered in the Capitol Rotunda that it was a good day to celebrate all those who are willing to step forward and provide leadership in the public arena.

“Like Kentucky, all that I am today is the sum total of all that has gone before,’ said Luallen. “I stand here because of the men and women, from my earliest ancestors to my mother and father, who made my path possible.”

Luallen says that past accomplishments in the state causes her to believe that the commonwealth has the ability to build a successful future.

“I believe a state whose rich history once put us at the cutting edge of commerce, education, religion and culture must treasure that history for its value in helping us learn from the successes and the setbacks of the decades that have followed,” Luallen said.

The lieutenant governor also talked about engaging younger people in the state so that they will become the leaders of the commonwealth in the future.

“It is up to each of us to ensure that the negativity that is now the hallmark of political campaigns does not turn young people away from being engaged in our future,” said Luallen.

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear praised Luallen’s public service record, including her two terms as State Auditor.

“She came to epitomize integrity, honesty and professionalism in her campaign and the governing that followed.”

Luallen took the oath of office from Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd.


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