Crit Luallen is Kentucky's 56th lieutenant governor after a private swearing-in ceremony at the home of a retired Kentucky chief justice.
Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear chose Luallen to replace outgoing Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson, who resigned to take a job as deputy assistant to President Barack Obama at the White House.
The former Democratic state auditor who has twice declined runs for higher office, Luallen has worked for six governors with positions including budget director and secretary of the finance and tourism cabinets.
Luallen will have a public swearing-in ceremony at 2:30 p.m. Friday in the Kentucky Capitol.
But Abramson's resignation was effective at 5 p.m. Thursday, so officials had a private swearing-in ceremony at that time to ensure there are no gaps in the office.