Introduction by: Bruce Gottlieb, President, National Journal Group
Moderator: Ron Brownstein, Editorial Director, Atlantic Media
The Honorable Steve Beshear, Governor of Kentucky
Steve Beshear was elected Governor of Kentucky in 2007 and was re-elected in 2011. During his five and a half years as Governor, he has brought Kentucky successfully through the historic recession by making Kentucky a leader in job creation. In addition, Kentucky is now a national leader in education reform, becoming the first state in the nation to adopt the Common Core Standards. Earlier this year, Gov. Beshear announced the inclusion of 308,000 more Kentuckians in the federal Medicaid health insurance program, and launched the Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange. The Medicaid expansion, together with the creation of the exchange, will ensure that, for the first time in history, every Kentuckian will have access to affordable health insurance.
An attorney by profession, Gov. Beshear has a long background in public service, having served as a state representative in the Kentucky General Assembly, Attorney General and Lieutenant Governor prior to being elected Governor.
Ronald Brownstein, a two-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of presidential campaigns, is Atlantic Media's Editorial Director for Strategic Partnerships, in charge of long-term editorial strategy. He also writes a weekly column and regularly contributes other pieces for the National Journal, contributes to Quartz, and The Atlantic, and coordinates political coverage and activities across publications produced by Atlantic Media.
Bruce Gottlieb is president of the National Journal Group, which publishes National Journal, National Journal Daily, National Journal Hotline, and other publications. He also serves as the general counsel of Atlantic Media Company, which publishes The Atlantic, Quartz, and Government Executive. Before joining Atlantic Media, he was chief counsel of the Federal Communications Commission, responsible for managing the agency’s overall policy agenda, and a senior advisor to Chairman Julius Genachowski. He was formerly a staff writer for Slate, where he was the first author of the Explainer column, and he has written for publications including The Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine, and The New Republic. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College and of Harvard Law School and began his legal career as a clerk for Judge David S. Tatel of the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.