Governor Beshear Appoints Steve Nunn Deputy Secretary of Health & Family Services Cabinet

Dec. 27, 2007 

Governor Steve Beshear today announced the appointment of Janie Miller to the position of Secretary of the Health and Family Services Cabinet and former Rep. Steve Nunn as Deputy Secretary of the Cabinet.

Janie Miller, 52, has more than 31 years of experience in various public administrative and regulatory roles including 21 years in development and administration of health care programs for the state. She also served approximately 17 years in the Cabinet for Human Resources.

Miller was appointed to the position of Deputy Director of Budget Review for the Legislative Research Commission (LRC) in November 2004. In this position, she was responsible for assisting legislators in developing and facilitating the development of budget bills for all three branches of government. Before that appointment she served as a staff economist in the LRC Chief Economists Office.

Under Governor Paul Patton, Miller served as Public Protection Cabinet Secretary from April 2002 to November 2003. She remained Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Insurance while serving as cabinet secretary. She has also served as Commissioner of the Department of Insurance and as Deputy Commissioner of Health Insurance in the Department of Insurance.

“Janie has a wealth of knowledge and experience in all branches of state government,? said the Governor. “I am confident that her vast budget experience will be an asset to the citizens of the Commonwealth.?

As Deputy Secretary, Steve Nunn, 55, brings 16 years of experience on the House Health and Welfare Committee where he served as Vice Chair for 10 years. Nunn has also served on the House Appropriations and Revenue Committee, as well as the appropriation and Revenue Budget Review Subcommittee on Human Resources. Nunn is the son of the late Republican Governor Louie B. Nunn.

Throughout his legislative career, he has served on the Subcommittee for Families and Children, the Kentucky Multidisciplinary Commission on Child Sexual Abuse, the Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault and the Kentucky Taskforce on Adoption. He also was on the E-Health and Tele-Health Boards as well as the HB 144 Commission which he and Representative Jimmy Lee sponsored and passed. It ultimately directed an additional $50 million into the Mental Health – Mental Retardation budget to enhance the programs and reduce the waiting list for persons with disabilities. Representative Nunn also has 10 years experience working in the private sector as a physician recruiter and advisor for T.J. Sampson Hospital in Glasgow.

“Steve’s strong knowledge of the Cabinet and excellent working relationship with individuals with disabilities, child advocacy groups, public health departments, health  care providers and other advocacy groups will allow him to serve this administration well in his new capacity,? said Beshear.

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