Buckner, La Tasha Arnae(born: 1974)
La Tasha Arnae Buckner was born in Glasgow, Kentucky. Her parents are LeRoy Buckner and Linda Buckner, and her younger sister is Kimberly. Her father and mother were excellent role models for her as a child. LeRoy Buckner in 2005, served 29 years with the Kentucky State Police (KSP) and was awarded for the longest tenure of any African American. While also during his career he received the Guthrie Crowe award and the KSP Citation for Bravery.
La Tasha graduated from the University of Kentucky, Lewis Honors College, with a Bachelor of Arts psychology degree. La Tasha also furthered her higher education by completing a Juris Doctorate from the University of Kentucky, College of Law. In October 2018, she was awarded the Torch of Excellence Lyman T. Johnson scholarship and maintains her involvement with the Honors College.
La Tasha Buckner began her career in 2005, as the Assistant Commonwealth Attorney in Jessamine County. She was the Deputy Executive Director for the Public Protection Cabinet, Office of Legal Services; served as the General Counsel for the Department of Charitable Gaming; and was with the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. In 2017, she was appointed to the position of Assistant Attorney General for the Civil and Environmental Law Branch in the Office of the Attorney General. Since her time at the Attorney General’s Office, she has led several major litigation cases on behalf of the Commonwealth. Namely, cases like unconstitutional legislation regarding pension reform, the labor cabinet’s illegal fines to teachers for protesting at the capital during a workday, the Affordable Care Act litigation, and many others. Beginning December 10, 2019, she has been appointed by Governor Andy Beshear to the position of Chief of Staff to the Governor and she is also General Counsel for the new Governor’s Administration.
This entry was written and submitted by Abigail Hartge. Images submitted by Abigail Hartge.