FRANKFORT — Kentucky Finance and Administration Secretary Jonathan Miller of Lexington is leaving state government to practice law, advise an international clean energy firm and produce a Web site written by "recovering politicians."
Miller, 43, is vacating his $137,868-a-year post March 31. Gov. Steve Beshear has named Lori Hudson Flanery of Louisville, who has been deputy secretary of the cabinet since December 2007, to replace Miller. She is the wife of Kevin Flanery, president of Churchill Downs racetrack in Louisville.
She has been deputy chief executive officer and general counsel for the Kentucky Housing Corp. and financial incentives commissioner for the Cabinet for Economic Development.
Miller said in an interview Tuesday in his Capitol Annex office that he wants to prove wrong author F. Scott Fitzgerald, who once said, "There are no second acts in American lives."
After working in Frankfort for nearly 12 years, Miller said he will start April 1 as a senior adviser for the Washington-based Wellford Energy Advisors. Its Web site said it is a government relations, marketing and financial advisory firm focused on clean energy technology opportunities in the public sector.
Miller said Harrison Wellford has been one of his professional mentors. Wellford has spent 25 years in the alternative energy and political arenas as a presidential adviser, policy analyst, advocate, executive of clean tech companies and entrepreneur. He is also a regulatory and project finance lawyer, Miller said.
Miller's new job will mean more traveling for him, but he said he and his family will continue to live in Lexington.
Miller also will be joining the Lexington law firm of Frost Brown Todd to work primarily on energy projects.
In addition to the two jobs, Miller said he will start a Web site called "The Recovering Politician." He said he has recruited 17 other "recovering politicians, Democrats and Republicans," who will write for the site. He said he will announce more details about it later. It can be found at Therecoveringpolitician.com.
Beshear said in a statement that Miller has been "an exceptional leader and a vital member of my Cabinet."
As far as any political future, Miller said he will not be running for office any time soon.
He said he might be "a Steve Beshear model," referring to the current governor, who stayed out of politics for years and then returned in 2007 as governor.
Miller was elected state treasurer in 1999 and 2003 after losing a primary bid for Central Kentucky's 6th Congressional District in 1998. He dropped out of the 2007 Democratic primary election for governor to endorse Beshear, who named Miller as his finance secretary.
His accomplishments in the job, Miller said, including making state government more transparent by putting more records on the Internet.
Miller said he will support Beshear's re-election efforts this year.