FORMER Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin made headlines when he went on a pardoning spree for criminals during his last days in office.
In 2023, he made the front pages again as it was revealed the Republican has 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 in memory of 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 – four of which were adopted from Ethiopia in 2012.
Glenna had one daughter, Brittiney, from a previous marriage when she met Matt.
Tragically Brittiney died in a car wreck in 2003 at the age of 17.
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” her husband.
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 in 2019, Bevin pardoned, or commuted the sentences of 428 people, to the horror of the victims and lawyers alike.
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.”