FRANKFORT, KY (AP) - Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has chosen former state Auditor Crit Luallen to serve as his lieutenant governor in his final year in office.
Luallen will replace Jerry Abramson, the former longtime Louisville mayor who is stepping down as lieutenant governor to accept a job in President Barack Obama's administration.
Luallen served two terms as state auditor and is widely respected as a skilled administrator.
She worked for several governors dating back to the 1970s, and rose through the ranks to become secretary of the executive cabinet in then-Gov. Paul Patton's administration.
Earlier this year she ruled out a run in next year's wide-open race for governor. Luallen said her decision was best for her family and herself.
Kentucky governors are limited to two terms, and Beshear is in his second.