Lieutenant Governors Kim Reynolds (Iowa) and Sue Ellspermann (Indiana) campaigned for Republican lieutenant gubernatorial candidate Jenean Hampton in Louisville. The lieutenant governors hosted a lunch event and discussion to further engage Kentucky’s women business and community leaders through the Women for Matt Bevin coalition. The turnout was double the size expected with nearly 100 supporters packed in the standing-room only event.
“I am thrilled to join Jenean in Kentucky today and support her vision for a better Kentucky: better education, better jobs, and a better entrepreneurial environment. We need more women like Jenean in elected office who have the ideas and experience to make their states a better place. I look forward to seeing the Bevin-Hampton ticket win in November," said Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann.
“While the Democrats are running career politicians ready to implement Obama’s extreme agenda in Kentucky, Republican Jenean Hampton has the experience needed to move Kentucky in the right direction. As a military veteran, a business woman and a civic leader, I am encouraged that she and Matt Bevin can put this state on a pathway to success. It’s an honor to be in Louisville today to support Jenean and the Women for Matt Bevin coalition," said Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds.
"I am honored to have Lieutenant Governors Reynolds and Ellspermann in town to campaign for me. Their support sends a message to women from all walks of life that their voice matters," said Hampton. "It is vital that we encourage conservative women to be involved in the political process. I am excited that we recruited more Women for Bevin!"
During the event dozens more women joined the Women for Bevin coalition and pledged their support to get out the vote. The luncheon and discussion was hosted by the Republican Lieutenant Governors Association and Right Women, Right Now. The Republican Lieutenant Governors Association (RLGA) is the only national organization committed to assisting Republicans in their campaigns for lieutenant governor. Right Women Right Now serves to identify and support qualified Republican women across the country in their campaigns for state-level elected office.
Earlier this week, Hampton was inducted into the Kentucky Veterans Hall of Fame for her service to the country and the Commonwealth. Hampton served 7 years in the United States Air Force as a computer systems officer, writing computer code and testing software. Her military service included a tour of duty in Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Storm. Since that time, Hampton has been active in her community both civically and politically. Hampton is involved in many local organizations including the American Legion, The Civil Air Patrol, and the Bowling Green Women's Club. If elected to serve as Lt. Governor, Hampton will be the first African American to hold statewide office in Kentucky.
Photo caption: RLGA Women for Bevin Luncheon with Jenean Hampton
Pictured from Left to Right, front row: Allison Ball, candidate for Treasurer; Lt. Gov. Ellspermann; Jenean Hampton, candidate for Lieutenant Governor; and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds.