Crit Blackburn Luallen serves as Kentucky’s 56th Lieutenant Governor, having been appointed by Governor Steve Beshear.
Luallen is known as one of Kentucky’s most experienced and respected public leaders, after serving with six Governors and being elected twice to statewide office. Luallen was elected the state’s Auditor of Public Accounts in 2003 and re-elected in 2007. Prior to that, she served nearly seven years as Secretary of the Governor’s Executive Cabinet, the highest appointed position in Kentucky state government. Previous appointments include State Budget Director, Secretary of Finance, Secretary of Tourism, and Commissioner of the Department of the Arts. She also served as President of the Greater Louisville Economic Development Partnership, a regional economic development agency. In 2009 she was named Public Official of the Year by the Washington, D.C.-based magazine Governing for her positive impact on government in Kentucky.
During her tenure as State Auditor, she led her team to aggressively tackle fraud and abuse, leading to the prosecution of dozens of individuals. Her work also brought a new accountability to board-governed organizations across Kentucky after a series of high-profile audits exposing mismanagement.
Luallen is a native of Frankfort, a graduate of Centre College, where she serves on the Board of Trustees, and is married to Lynn Luallen.