MHPC to host Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin at 2019 Freedom & Opportunity Luncheon


The Maine Heritage Policy Center to host Kentucky Governor
Matt Bevin at 2019 Freedom & Opportunity Luncheon

PORTLAND – Governor Matt Bevin of Kentucky will deliver the keynote address at The Maine Heritage Policy Center’s 2019 Freedom & Opportunity Luncheon, the organization’s largest annual fundraising event, which will take place from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. on July 11 at the Portland Marriott at Sable Oaks in South Portland.

All members of the media are welcome to cover the event.

“Governor Bevin has been at the forefront of major policy reforms that have improved the lives of Kentucky citizens,” said The Maine Heritage Policy Center CEO Matthew Gagnon. “His administration has slashed regulations and used apprenticeship programs to ensure the state’s labor force is prepared for the future.”

“Now is the perfect time to hear from a principled leader as Maine’s governor and legislature move forward on a budget and bond proposals that spend beyond our means and saddle taxpayers with future debt. Governor Bevin has shown that the path to prosperity is limiting the role of government, not expanding it,” Gagnon said.

Governor Bevin is one of this country’s clearest and most principled voices advocating for freedom. After serving four years in the U.S. Army and attaining the rank of captain, he moved to Louisville, Kentucky to work for Waycross Partners, an investment management firm.

Bevin went on to carve out a very successful career in finance, eventually founding Integrity Asset Management. This firm would grow to handle more than $1 billion in investments.

His success led to him taking over the struggling Bevin Brothers Manufacturing company, which was founded in 1832 by Bevin’s great-great-great grandfather. He turned the company around, paid its debts and set the company up for future growth.

Having grown increasingly frustrated with what he viewed as unprincipled leadership in government, Bevin decided to step forward to run for the U.S. Senate, and then later for governor of Kentucky in 2015, which he won.

While campaigning for governor, he talked about the issues that matter to not only his fellow citizens, but Americans everywhere. He promised to work to cut taxes, shrink state government, reform his state’s broken education system, dismantle his state’s broken healthcare exchange and reform Kentucky’s pension system.

When he became governor, he set to work fighting entrenched interests to get things done. Through initiatives like “Red Tape Reduction” and “Kentucky Trained, Kentucky Built,” Governor Bevin is working to make the Commonwealth a hub of excellence for engineering and manufacturing in America.

In January 2017, Governor Bevin signed Kentucky’s Right-To-Work law, making it the 27th state to do so. He also signed a bill that removed local obstacles to charter school authorization. Just this year, Governor Bevin signed bills to ensure free expression on public campuses as well as constitutional carry legislation.

His tireless commitment to these and so many other issues make him one of the most valuable advocates for limited, constitutional government in the country.

Further details about press availability with Governor Bevin will be made available at a date closer to the event.

For more information about the event or to request press credentials, please contact Jacob Posik.


The Maine Heritage Policy Center (Maine Policy) is a nonprofit research and education organization dedicated to freeing people from dependency, creating prosperity, and redefining the role of government. Maine Policy formulates and promotes free-market, conservative public policies in the areas of health care, education, regulations, government transparency and tax and fiscal policy. To learn more about Maine Policy or review our policy work, visit: