Adam Edelen Biography

Adam Edelen is an American businessman, solar energy entrepreneur and politician. He served as the Auditor of Public Accounts for the Commonwealth of Kentucky from January 2, 2012 to January 4, 2016. Adam was the Chief of Staff for Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear from July 2008 until September 15, 2010.
Edelen is a Democratic candidate for Governor of Kentucky in 2019 having Gill Holland as his running mate.

Adam Edelen Age

Edelen was born on 26 November 26, 1974 in Flaherty, Kentucky, U.S. He is 44 years old as of 2018.

Adam Edelen Parents

Edelen was born when his mother was two months shy of her 17th birthday. After his parents divorced when he was a young child, his time was divided between his mother’s home in Louisville and his father’s farm in rural Meade County.

Adam Edelen Wife

Edelen is married to Melissa with whom he has twin sons, Wade and Hamilton.

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Edelen began his public service career as one of the youngest aides ever to serve a Kentucky governor (Paul Patton) at 21 and went on to gain experience in the private sector as a senior executive with both the Greater Lexington Chamber of Commerce (Commerce Lexington) and Thomas & King, Inc.

He then returned to the public sector in 2008 serving as Director of the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security and later Chief of Staff to Governor Steve Beshear.

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Adam declared his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for governor of Kentucky on January 7th, 2019 after nearly four years away from politics and in the private sector. His declaration made him the fourth and final Democrat to enter the race.

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He further chose Gill Holland, a Louisville community builder, filmmaker, and environmentalist, as his lieutenant governor candidate.

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Being a founder and partner in a number of startups in energy technology and sustainability industry, Edelen has helped position Kentucky to be the nation’s next breakout state in solar and renewable energy. Bringing into reality the biggest solar installation in Appalachia is one of his largest projects, it will be built by out-of-work coal miners on a mountaintop removal site.

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Adam Edelen Net Worth

Edelen’s net worth is not yet revealed.

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Adam Edelen to Kentucky education chief: Hand over your sick day excuses


Updated: March 15, 2019

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Adam Edelen wants to know if Kentucky Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis has practiced what he preaches when it comes to taking sick days.

Lewis raised eyebrows Thursday by asking 10 different school districts, including Jefferson County Public Schools, for the names of all teachers who have participated in the massive “sickout” protests that have swamped the state Capitol and shut down classes.

The education chief specifically wants “any and all affidavits or certificates of a reputable physician stating that the employee was ill or caring for an ill family member on the day(s) the employee called in sick,” according to an email obtained by the Courier Journal.

Edelen, a former state auditor, is now asking the same from Lewis. The Democratic contender’s campaign has submitted open records requests with the state education department and University of Kentucky, where Lewis worked as an associate professor.

“You have to stand up to bullies,” Edelen said in a statement to the Courier Journal. “If we take Dr. Lewis at his word that all this is trying to do is collect information, then surely he has no issue providing that same information to the taxpayers.”

Lewis said during a press conference on Friday that he hasn’t taken any sick days since being appointed as education commissioner but commended Edelen for his diligence.

“Go for it,” he said.

Lewis told reporters that his goal isn’t to take disciplinary action against teachers who called in sick, but when pressed by reporters Friday he did not rule out discipline being taken at the district level.

“It is already not legal to call in sick when you’re not sick, we don’t need new laws or regulations. We need to find ways that we’re all being honest when we call in sick or call in for a personal day,” Lewis said.

The education department has said Lewis’ request is backed up by state law, which they say gives him the power to access the records of teachers and other public school officials in order to report misconduct.

But Edelen, who is running for the Democratic nomination to take on Republican incumbent Matt Bevin, said the maneuver is a political tactic to blunt teacher protests against overhauling Kentucky’s pension system.

Lewis is “trying to intimidate state workers and carrying water for a governor dead-set on doing everything he can to make teachers pay a price for standing up for themselves,” Edelen said.

The campaign’s open records request mirrors the requests Lewis submitted. It asks for a doctor’s note or affidavit for when Lewis was ill or caring for an ill family member on any days he called in sick.

Edelen is running for the Democratic nomination against Attorney General Andy Beshear, House Minority Leader Rocky Adkins and Lexington resident Geoff Young.