About Adam Edelen
REFORMER WITH RESULTS
Adam was sworn in as Kentucky’s 46th Auditor of Public Accounts in 2012. He has kept his promise of serving as a vigorous taxpayer watchdog, bringing historic reform to a $2.7 billion layer of ghost government, tackling fraud and abuse in nearly two dozen public schools, holding big insurance companies more accountable, rooting out waste in state and local government, delivering important cyber protections to Kentuckians and more.
Sen. Mitch McConnell’s biographer described Adam as a “new breed of Democrats who bring business attitudes and techniques to government.” He said Adam is “using the auditor’s office to bring real change to bloated bureaucracies and unaccountable agencies.”
Praising his efforts to reform special districts and tackle Medicaid managed care problems, the Messenger Inquirer editorial board called Adam a “man on a mission” and said as a state official “he’s setting a refreshing example.”
Because of Adam’s leadership, two former public servants are in prison, another is under indictment and more than three million dollars in cash and assets have been returned to taxpayers. In Adam's first term, the Auditor's office conducted a record number of special examinations, referred almost 50 audits to law enforcement and other appropriate agencies and uncovered more than $1 billion in errors, questioned costs and waste, fraud and abuse. All this, despite having to make deep cuts to the Auditor’s budget. Adam has truly kept his promise of doing more with less.
Prior to taking office, Adam served as director of the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security and then as chief of staff to Gov. Steve Beshear. In this role he made major contributions to the administration's acclaimed efforts in the areas of children's health insurance, education policy and the sound fiscal management of the state in a time of historic economic difficulty. Adam credits his successes in government to the leadership skills he learned in the private sector as an entrepreneur and executive. As a senior executive with both Commerce Lexington and Thomas & King, Inc., Adam became an expert in making businesses and organizations more efficient, profitable and accountable.
A former Chairman of the Board of Kentucky Educational Television, Adam was the driving force behind KET's "Be Well Kentucky" initiative—an acclaimed effort to address Kentucky's public health challenges. He also chaired the board of the Lexington Urban League and the United Way of the Bluegrass' Annual Giving Campaign and was a member of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence.
Born to a farm family in Meade County, he learned the values of integrity, hard work and common sense – and he has never forgotten them. Adam also is part of a new generation of leaders who are more focused on outcomes and honest and effective government than partisan politics.
Adam has a wife, Melissa, and young twin sons. He also is an avid sportsman who loves Kentucky's one-of-a-kind natural beauty.