Kentucky Lt. Gov. Sues Governor Over Staff Dismissals

Aug 15, 2019

Kentucky's outgoing lieutenant governor has sued Gov. Matt Bevin in an effort to win reinstatement of her two staff members who were dismissed by Bevin's administration.

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, right, and Kentucky Lt. Governor Jenean Hampton bump fists as they await the swearing in of Jeff Hoover as Speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017, in Frankfort, Ky.
Credit AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley

Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton — who was dropped from Bevin's reelection ticket this year — filed the lawsuit Thursday in a state court. The legal action ramps up a feud between Hampton and Bevin's administration over the removal her two key staff members this year.

The suit claims the lieutenant governor has the authority to hire and fire her staff. A hearing is set for next week in the case.

The suit names Bevin and the state Personnel Cabinet as defendants.

The governor's office did not immediately comment on the suit.

Bevin is facing a tough reelection campaign this year against Democrat Andy Beshear.