Former lawmaker appointed deputy labor secretary in Kentucky

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – A former state lawmaker from Bullitt County has been appointed to Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration.

State Labor Secretary Derrick Ramsey says Mike Nemes has been appointed as deputy secretary of the Labor Cabinet.

Ramsey says Nemes’ legislative and business experience will be assets in his new role.

Nemes is a former representative from Kentucky’s 38th House District. He served on the House Labor and Industry Committee as well as the Judiciary and the Licensing and Occupations committees.

Nemes worked 17 years for a soft drink bottler in Kentucky, where he served as a Teamster union steward. He then bought a bakery distributorship and grew the business, before selling it 13 years later. From there, he went to the construction industry as a project coordinator for an insulation company.