Beshear attends state dinner for French president

syoungman@herald-leader.comFebruary 11, 2014 

Gov. Steve Beshear is once again on President Barack Obama's guest list.

Beshear and his wife, Jane, were on the list of invited guests to Obama's State Dinner Tuesday evening with French President Francois Hollande, along with Republican U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers of Somerset.

"It is an honor to be invited to a state dinner by the president of United States," Beshear said in a statement. "This event will include leaders of business and industry, arts, sports and government from around the country and the world. It is a wonderful opportunity for the commonwealth anytime a governor can be in the same room with these leaders."

Beshear traveled to France in July 2012 as part of a European economic development trip. France is the seventh-largest consumer of Kentucky products, and French businesses have supplied nearly $1.2 billion in foreign direct investment in Kentucky, the fifth-highest total of any country, according to the governor's office.

Beshear, who joined his wife in attending the arrival ceremony for Hollande earlier Tuesday, has been repeatedly praised by Obama for the implementation of the president's health care law in Kentucky.

Most recently, Obama lauded Beshear in his State of the Union address, which the Beshears also attended as guests of the Obamas.

In addition to the Beshears, Rogers and a slew of notable politicians, several celebrities were on the guest list, including Stephen Colbert, Mary J. Blige, Bradley Cooper, Mindy Kaling and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

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