First Lady Glenna Bevin grew up in the small town of Cherokee, Oklahoma. After graduating from Northern Oklahoma College with a nursing degree, she worked as a registered nurse in emergency rooms, Labor and Delivery, and hospice care.
During Governor Bevin’s service in the military, the First Lady and Governor met after being set up on a blind date. They married in 1996 and moved to Kentucky 17 years ago to raise their family. The First Lady is a busy mother to their 9 children.
The First Lady’s top priority is child and family advocacy. She is devoted to working with the legislature and groups around the Commonwealth to expand child abuse prevention and early treatment. As a mother of 4 adopted children, the First Lady is committed to making the adoption process easier and more affordable for Kentucky families. It is her desire for every child in Kentucky to grow up in a loving home.
The Bevin family strongly believes in the importance of giving back. The Governor and First Lady have endowed various scholarship funds, grants and centers that offer educational opportunities for young people in the U.S. with limited financial resources. They have been heavily involved in building infrastructure projects for the benefit of orphans in India and Africa. And, in 2012, they established the Bevin Center for Missions Mobilization at the Southern Baptist Seminary in memory of their oldest daughter Brittiney.