Gov.-elect Bevin names Blake Brickman as chief of staff

11/12/2015 09:14 AM

Governor-elect Matt Bevin has tapped James “Blake” Brickman as his chief of staff.

Brickman has deep roots in Kentucky politics, he is the grandson of former Democratic Gov. Ned Breathitt, and is a former aide to Republican U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning.

“Blake Brickman is an outstanding individual with all of the qualities that I need in a Chief of Staff,” Bevin said in a press release. “He will lead our team with integrity and conviction. I am grateful for the commitment he is willing to make to serve our administration and the Commonwealth.”

Brickman said it is an honor to serve Bevin “and all the people of Kentucky.”

“I look forward to working with others from across the commonwealth committed to Governor Bevin’s vision to get our fiscal house in order and create more economic and educational opportunities for all Kentuckians,” Brickman said.

In addition to working for Bunning, Brickman also has practiced law as a civil litigator and in-house counsel, according to the release.

Brickman has also served on several recent political campaigns — working as campaign manager for U.S. Rep. Andy Barr in his 2014 re-election campaign and acting as an advisor on the 2014 campaign of state Sen. Ralph Alvarado, R-Winchester.

Nick Storm

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