Matthew Griswold Bevin was elected as the 62nd Governor of Kentucky on Tuesday, November 3, 2015. He is a loving husband, a father of nine children, a military veteran, a successful entrepreneur and small business owner.
Born on January 9, 1967 to Avery and Louise Bevin, Governor Bevin spent his childhood in a small farmhouse with five brothers and sisters. As residents of rural New Hampshire, the Bevin family took pride in raising much of their own livestock and crops. The family of eight also shared three bedrooms and one bathroom. Although it was a financially humble home, Governor Bevin was raised with a strong work ethic, firm Christian values, and an appreciation for his family’s blessings.
Fueled by his solid upbringing and driven personality, Governor Bevin began to immerse himself in public service at a young age by serving as President of his local 4-H chapter and becoming involved with the county’s Dairy Club. Following high school graduation, he received an ROTC scholarship and attended Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, where he earned a Bachelor’s of Arts degree. After taking time off to complete a 3,800-mile bicycle ride from coast-to-coast, Governor Bevin served Active Duty as a United States Army officer.
Following his transition to the Army Reserve, Governor Bevin spent many years working in the financial industry. It was during this time that a job opportunity brought Governor Bevin and his wife, Glenna, a registered nurse, to live in Kentucky. Immediately, the Bevins fell in love with the Bluegrass State, where they placed roots, raised their family, and have lived happily for the past 17 years.
Governor Bevin has founded several companies in Kentucky and invested in a number of others throughout the Commonwealth and around the United States. As a believer in the power of the private sector, Governor Bevin has managed and expanded multiple businesses, creating many good paying jobs for hard working Americans. These companies expand across a range of industries, including, but not limited to, medical devices, manufacturing, and investment management.
In 2011, Governor Bevin also became the sixth generation President of Bevin Brothers, a small bell manufacturing company established in 1832 – the same company that manufacturers all of the bells used by Salvation Army volunteers. Prior to Governor Bevin’s presidency, the business was in the midst of bankruptcy. However, under Governor Bevin’s strong leadership, the company was rescued, the business became more profitable, and more than 25 jobs were saved.
Governor Bevin has served on many non-profit boards, including Chairman of the Board for the American Red Cross, Louisville Area Chapter. He has permanently endowed several scholarship funds, grants, and centers that provide educational opportunities for young people with limited financial resources. The Bevins are active in their community and attend Southeast Christian Church in Louisville.