FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) - Attorney general-elect Daniel Cameron has named a 21-member transition team as he prepares to become Kentucky’s 51st attorney general in January.
The team is headed by Oldham County attorney Barry Dunn, who joined the Bevin administration in December 2015 as general counsel of the Public Protection Cabinet and served in state government until January of this year. He is currently in private practice.
The Cameron campaign says the men and women from law enforcement, non-profits, federal partners, elected officials and civic groups, will provide advice on matters related to a successful transition and staffing of the Attorney General’s office.
“I am honored that the people of Kentucky selected me as their next attorney general and look forward to serving them,” Cameron said. “The transition team will help me ensure that the Office of Attorney General is ready to serve as the chief law enforcement of the commonwealth from day one into the next decade, and I am grateful they have volunteered their time for this important work.”
Cameron is the first Republican to win election as attorney general since Eldon Dummit, who served from 1944-1948 and the first African-American candidate to successfully run an independent race for statewide office in Kentucky.
He defeated Democrat Greg Stumbo, a former attorney general and Speaker of the Kentucky House, by a 58-42 percent margin, according to unofficial results from the State Board of Elections. The 822,932 votes he received were the second-most in the general election, behind only fellow Republican Allison Ball, who garnered 855,720 votes in her re-election bid for State Treasurer.
While the Governor-elect Andy Beshear’s inauguration is scheduled for Dec. 10, Cameron and the remaining Constitutional Officers won’t be sworn in until January.
Cameron is a protégé of U. S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and has said this about the man for whom he once served, “This is a man who has in many ways changed the trajectory of my life. First, as a McConnell Scholar at the University of Louisville, then as his General Counsel in Washington, D.C., and then gave me the courage to run for attorney general.”