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Kentucky’s next attorney general names transition team co-chairs

By: - November 9, 2023 4:25 pm

Russell Coleman, right, Kentucky attorney general-elect, looks over the crowd after speaking to an election night gathering of Kentucky Republicans in Louisville, Nov. 7, 2023. (Kentucky Lantern photo by Matthew Mueller)

After winning his election Tuesday, Republican Attorney General-elect Russell Coleman announced the co-chairs of his transition team. 

Coleman, a former U.S. attorney for the Western District of Kentucky, named former U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky Rob Duncan and former state senator Wil Schroder to lead the transition team over the next few weeks. Also, former Deputy State Budget and Policy Director Andrew McNeill will serve as Coleman’s senior advisor.

In a social media post about the announcement, Coleman said he and his team “will be ready on Day One to tackle the biggest challenges facing families across our Commonwealth.” Coleman also shared a link to apply for positions in his attorney general’s office. 

“This Transition Team will lay the critical groundwork to build upon the many achievements of Attorney General Daniel Cameron and ensure our office can get to work protecting Kentucky families from violent crime, deadly drugs and the out-of-control Administration in Washington,” Coleman said in a press release.I’m grateful to Rob, Wil and Andrew for bringing their many talents and wide range of experiences to this effort. They will lead a Team of volunteers who are passionate about protecting Kentucky and the families who call it home.”

Republican Attorney General Daniel Cameron lost the gubernatorial election to incumbent Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear. 

Cameron congratulated Coleman in a statement. During a previous interview with the Kentucky Lantern, Coleman said the two are close friends. 

“Russell is a dear friend and a dedicated public servant. He’ll make a fantastic attorney general,” Cameron said. I look forward to working with Russell and his team over the coming weeks to ensure a smooth and orderly transition.” 

Duncan resigned from being a U.S. attorney in January 2021 to enter private practice with Dinsmore. Rob Duncan is the son

Both he and Coleman were appointed as federal prosecutors by former President Donald Trump. Rob Duncan is the son of Mike Duncan, Inez banker and former chairman of the Republican National Committee.

Schroder, too, works at Dinsmore. During his eight years in the Kentucky Senate, Schroder chaired the State & Local Government and the Economic Development, Tourism, and Labor committees.

McNeil was a senior policy advisor and deputy state budget and policy director for former Republican Gov. Matt Bevin from 2015 to 2018. During Republican Gov. Ernie Fletcher’s administration, McNeill was the director of Legislative Policy in the Governor’s Office and the chief of staff to Kentucky’s Commerce Secretary.

This story was updated with more information. 

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McKenna Horsley
McKenna Horsley

McKenna Horsley covers state politics for the Kentucky Lantern. She previously worked for newspapers in Huntington, West Virginia, and Frankfort, Kentucky. She is from northeastern Kentucky.