Jenean Hampton

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Jenean Hampton
Women for Lt. Governor Jenean Hampton.jpg
57th Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky
Assumed office
December 8, 2015
Governor Matt Bevin
Preceded by Crit Luallen
Personal details
Jenean Michelle Hampton

(1958-05-12) May 12, 1958 (age 61)
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Political party Republican
Doyle Isaak (m. 2001)
Education Wayne State University (BS)
University of Rochester (MBA)
Website Government website
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Branch/service  United States Air Force
Years of service 1985–1992
Rank US-O3 insignia.svg Captain

Jenean Michelle Hampton (born May 12, 1958)[citation needed] is the 57th and current Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky. Hampton has served as Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky since December 2015, having been elected along with gubernatorial nominee Matt Bevin in the 2015 gubernatorial election. A Republican, Hampton is the first African-American to hold statewide office in Kentucky history and the third black woman to serve as lieutenant governor of a U.S. state.

Early life and education

Jenean Michelle Hampton[1] was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, one of four daughters born to Donald and Marie Hampton. Her parents divorced when she was seven years old, leaving her mother to raise Hampton and her sisters on her own. Hampton's mother struggled because she lacked a high school diploma. After Hampton graduated from high school, she worked for five years in the automotive industry in order to help pay for her college education. She earned an Industrial Engineering degree from Wayne State University in 1985.[2] She later earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Rochester.[3]

Military and business career

Hampton speaking to members of the Kentucky National Guard in February 2016

Hampton served in the United States Air Force for seven years as a computer systems officer, eventually attaining the rank of Captain. During Operation Desert Storm, she was deployed to Saudi Arabia.[3] While stationed in Saudi Arabia, Hampton was responsible for radar software used in tracking enemy planes and in search and rescue missions.[4]

Hampton spent 19 years working in the corrugated packaging industry, eventually reaching the position of plant manager.[3]

Political career

A Republican,[4] Hampton first sought political office in 2014. That year, she unsuccessfully challenged State Representative Jody Richards.[5] Hampton has been active in her local party and in the Tea Party Movement.[6]

Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky

Hampton was selected by Matt Bevin as his running mate for Governor of Kentucky in 2015. On November 3, 2015, Bevin and Hampton defeated the Democratic ticket of Attorney General Jack Conway and State Representative Sannie Overly in the 2015 Kentucky gubernatorial election.[7][8] Bevin and Hampton were sworn in to their respective posts on December 8, 2015.[9] Hampton is the first African-American to hold statewide office in Kentucky history[5][10][11] and the third black woman to serve as lieutenant governor of a U.S. state.[12] She is the 57th Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky.[13]

Bevin did not select Hampton as his running mate in his 2019 re-election bid.[14] Her term expires in December 2019.

Personal life

Hampton lives in Bowling Green, Kentucky.[14] She is married to Colonel Dr. Doyle Isaak, a retired U.S. Air Force officer.[15]

She is a licensed amateur radio operator.[16]

Hampton is also a member of the Civil Air Patrol, holding the grade of lieutenant colonel.[17]

See also


  1. ^ "Gov. Bevin picks new running mate for re-election bid". 25 January 2019.
  2. ^ Johnson, Natalie (November 4, 2015). "Meet Jenean Hampton, First Black Statewide Officeholder in Kentucky". NBC News. Retrieved April 27, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c comment, 2015 / Leave a (4 November 2015). "15 Facts About Jenean Hampton, Tea Party Activist Won Ky. Office". The Daily Signal.
  4. ^ a b "Meet Jenean Hampton, First Black Statewide Officeholder in Kentucky". NBC News.
  5. ^ a b Beam, Adam (May 26, 2015). "Kentucky's election filled with 'firsts'". Retrieved May 29, 2015.
  6. ^ Brandenburg, Katie (January 28, 2015). "Hampton files to run with Bevin". Bowling Green Daily News. Retrieved May 29, 2015.
  7. ^ Stolberg, Sheryl Gay; Blinder, Alan (3 November 2015). "Matt Bevin, Republican, Wins Governor's Race in Kentucky" – via
  8. ^
  9. ^ Gossum, Michael. "Bevin, Hampton sworn in as governor and lt. governor".
  10. ^ Stolberg, Sheryl Gay; Blinder, Alan (2015-11-03). "Matt Bevin, Republican, Wins Governor's Race in Kentucky". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2015-11-04.
  11. ^ "Matt Bevin, Owner Of East Hampton Bell Factory, Elected Kentucky Governor". Retrieved 2015-11-04.
  12. ^ Brammer, Jack. "Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton unsure if she'll be running with Bevin as deadline looms". kentucky.
  13. ^ Staff, WSAZ News. "Ky. Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton to visit Catlettsburg Elementary School".
  14. ^ a b Press, ADAM BEAM The Associated. "Bevin files for re-election, but with a new running mate". Bowling Green Daily News.
  15. ^ [email protected], CHARLES A. MASON. "Bowling Green heads to Frankfort for inauguration". Bowling Green Daily News.
  16. ^ Baileys, Jennifer (4 August 2016). "Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton talks about humble beginnings, future". WLKY.
  17. ^ "Ky. Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton Gets Surprise Promotion at CAP Exhibit Opening". Ky. Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton Gets Surprise Promotion at CAP Exhibit Opening. Retrieved 2018-11-08.

External links

  • Matt Bevin for Governor
  • Appearances on C-SPAN
Party political offices
Preceded by
Richie Farmer
Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky
Succeeded by
Ralph Alvarado
Political offices
Preceded by
Crit Luallen
Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky
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