Jenean Hampton reflects on her term as Lieutenant Governor

Published: Dec. 3, 2019 at 7:06 PM EST
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Jenean Hampton is in the final days of her term as Lieutenant Governor. Four years ago she made history as the first African-American elected to a statewide office.

talked with Hampton as she looks back on the ups and downs of her term in office.

In the spring, Hampton put out a tweet for prayers as he "battled dark forces." That prompted the firing of her chief of staff and deputy chief of staff without any input from Hampton.

"It's normal. It's a governor's prerogative who his running mate is, and I told people, "Don't be angry that he didn't choose me.' I'm not angry about that. That's not the piece I'm angry about," said Hampton.

It was Bevin's treatment of people that is tough for Hampton to understand. She thinks that made a difference in his narrow loss of about 5,000 votes.

Hampton says seeing the preparations underway for Inauguration Day brings back feelings of her own inauguration, and those feelings are far different from what she has experienced in this last part of her term.

"I remember the excitement around our inauguration. The entire day was just magic, and there was so much energy and goodwill," said Hampton. "If you would have told me on that day that it would have ended this way in my final year, I never would have scripted the year this way. However, I know after a lot of prayers, the Lord is doing something. I don't know what that is, and sometimes I know you don't know what the Lord is doing until well down the road. Hopefully, somewhere soon down the road, all of this will make perfect sense, but no, I never would have scripted this year, and if we were doing a TV series, no one would believe it."

Hampton is still proud of projects she started including a high school entrepreneurship challenge, a middle school girl STEM challenge and the Kentucky Aerospace Industry Consortium.

Hampton says she is continuing to pray about what is next for her. She says at this point she does not know that answer.


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