FORMER Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin made headlines when he went on a pardoning spree for criminals during his last days in office.
Now he’s on front pages again as it was revealed he’s been separated from his wife for a year – who is his estranged wife, Glenna Bevin?
Who is Glenna Bevin?
Glenna Bevin is the former first lady of Kentucky.
She was born in Cherokee, Oklahoma, in 1965 and attended Northern Oklahoma College where she studied nursing.
She and Matt Bevin married in 1996, and Glenna became first lady of Kentucky when her husband was elected in 2015.
During her husband’s time in office, Glenna focused on supporting children and families by advocating for child abuse prevention.
She also facilitated the adoption process for Kentucky families, as well as endowing scholarships for low-income youth.
In 2012, she and Matt established the Bevin Center for Missions Mobilization for their oldest daughter, Brittiney.
How many kids do Matt and Glenna Bevin have?
Matt and Glenna share nine children: Sophia, Isaac, Grace, Madison, Mackenzie, Danial, Lydia, Olivia and Jonah.
Their oldest daughter Brittiney tragically died in a car wreck in 2003.
She was only weeks into her senior year of high school when she died.
When did Glenna Bevin file for divorce?
Glenna filed for divorce on May 24, 2023, after 27 years of marriage.
In her petition, she said she and Matt have been separated for over a year, and their marriage is “irretrievably broken”.
Glenna said she is “unable to support herself in the manner to which she has become accustomed during the marriage and is in need of maintenance from” Matt Bevin.
Only two of their children remain minors, and Glenna proposed joint custody, with Matt paying child support and alimony.
In her husband’s last week in office as governor, Bevin pardoned, or commuted the sentences of, 428 people in his last week, to the horror of the victims and lawyers alike.
But Commonwealth Attorney Rob Sanders described his decision as “offensive, mind-boggling … [and] irresponsible.”
Sanders told WCPO: “Prosecutors all across Kentucky today are disgusted with Matt Bevin, offended by Matt Bevin and rightfully so.”