Gabbert leaves Governor's Office for Keeneland

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By The Staff

Vince Gabbert, a native of Williamstown, has left the Governor’s office and will gallop to Keeneland.

Gabbert, the son of Eddie and Rosie Gabbert, served as Gov. Steve Beshear’s Deputy Chief of Staff where he had a wide range of duties including overseeing boards and commissions, constituent services and outreach to local, state and national officials.

“Vince Gabbert’s contributions to this administration are immeasurable and have been of critical importance during challenging times. He has been a senior member of my team and I have relied on him continuously for advice and counsel. He will be missed,” said Beshear.

Gabbert, 33, has been named executive assistant to Keeneland President Nick Nicholson. Gabbert’s last day in Frankfort is Oct. 1. At Keeneland, he’ll have a broad portfolio of administrative and operational duties at one of the hose racing industry’s best known tracks.

Gabbert graduated from Williamstown in 1994. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Louisville in 1998 and his law degree in 2001.

Past political posts include working as a clerk for Larry Saunders and as senate caucus director. He’s been active in Kentucky’s Democratic Party and worked as a private advisor in several political races.

His wife, Tonya, is an attorney who works for Humana in Louisville. The couple has two daughters. They reside in Louisville.

“It’s been an honor to work for Gov. Steve Beshear, a man for whom I have such respect. During the most challenging economy our country has faced in decades, his steady and honest leadership have helped our Commonwealth hold its own and, in key areas, make progress,” Gabbert said.

Gabbert has always had an interest in politics. He’s not ruling out a run for public office some day.

“My dad taught me the value of hard work,” Gabbert said, in an interview last year from his office adjacent to Kentucky’s governor. “I may not be the smartest person in the room or even the prettiest but no one will work harder than me.”