"The Kennedy family is known for their long tradition of public service, and Eunice Kennedy Shriver is a shining example of that dedication. A passionate advocate and activist for the welfare of the mentally disabled, Ms. Shriver exemplifies the strength and courage it takes to stand up for those who may not have a prominent voice within our society. Her dedication to this important cause as well as landmark programs such as the Special Olympics and Best Buddies continue to inspire the nation. She will remain a role model for the next generation of Americans determined to make a difference. My thoughts and prayers are with her family during this difficult time."
--Governor Steven L. Beshear
Steven L. Beshear was elected governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky in November 2007. 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.