Kentucky Swears in First African American Attorney General

Daniel Cameron has been sworn in as Kentucky’s next attorney general. He is the first Republican to hold the office since 1948 and the first African American elected on his own ticket to statewide office, WVXU reports.

Cameron was supposed to take office on Jan. 6 but started early after newly elected Gov. Andy Beshear appointed him to fill a vacancy in the office. Beshear, a Democrat, was the previous attorney general and was inaugurated as Kentucky’s 63rd governor on Dec. 10.

“I appreciate Gov. Beshear for making this very early appointment,” Cameron said after he was sworn in Dec. 17. “It says a lot about the culture, the atmosphere and the environment that I think begins anew here in our state’s capitol.”

Cameron is a protégé of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and previously worked as a corporate attorney and spokesman for criminal justice reform group Kentucky Smart On Crime.

Cameron is the first African American in Kentucky to win state office on his own ticket. He said he hoped his election would encourage more people who look like him to run for office.  Cameron defeated former Democratic Attorney General Greg Stumbo on Election Day this year with a little more than 57% of the vote.

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