Governor-elect Matt Bevin named James "Blake" Brickman, a Lexington lawyer and a former top aide to U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning as his chief of staff.
Bevin announced the appointment Thursday.
Most recently, in 2014, Brickman, 36, managed the re-election campaign of U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Lexington, and advised Republican Ralph Alvarado of Winchester as Alvarado defeated state Senate Democratic Leader R.J. Palmer.
"Blake Brickman is an outstanding individual with all of the qualities that I need in a chief of staff," Bevin said in a prepared statement. "He will lead our team with integrity and conviction. I am grateful for the commitment he is willing to make to serve our administration and the commonwealth."
Brickman arrives in Frankfort with a bipartisan political pedigree. His grandfather was Gov. Edward T. "Ned" Breathitt, a Democrat, who held office in the 1960s. Other Breathitt ancestors of his, Democratic and Republican, were Kentucky's governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general during the 19th and early 20th centuries.
"It is an honor to serve Governor Bevin and all the people of Kentucky," Brickman said, also in a statement. "I look forward to working with others from across the commonwealth committed to Governor Bevin's vision to get our fiscal house in order and create more economic and educational opportunities for all Kentuckians."
Brickman joined Bunning's Senate office in 2002 as a legislative assistant handling military issues. He was promoted to Bunning's chief of staff in Washington in 2006.
After returning home to Kentucky, Brickman practiced law and clerked for U.S. District Judge Amul Thapar in Pikeville and London.
Brickman graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Law and Vanderbilt University. He lives in Lexington with his wife, Claire, also a lawyer, and their three children.