Lexington, Kentucky (LEX 18) — Governor. Beshear announced that he has appointed Kimberly Baird of Lexington as federal prosecutor for the 22nd Judicial Circuit in Kentucky, effective Oct. 1.
Baird will succeed current U.S. Attorney Lou Anna Red Corn, who announced her retirement at the end of September.
A graduate of the University of Kentucky School of Law, Baird has been a federal assistant to Ray Larson since 1996 and a first assistant to Red Corn since 2016.
Baird will become the first black woman in Kentucky to serve as a federal prosecutor. A native of Lexington, she graduated from Lafayette High School and the University of Kentucky before going to law school.
“I am deeply grateful and honored that Governor Beshear has appointed me to be the next Fayette U.S. Attorney,” Baird said. “For 26 years, I have taken my role as a prosecutor seriously, seeking justice fairly while protecting The rights of victims, accused and Commonwealth citizens. I will continue to work to tackle violent crime, working with the justice system and the community to reduce the number of young people entering the criminal justice system and to seek the resources they desperately need.”