As we previously reported in December, former Gov. Steve Beshear had appointed Tyra Redus to replace ALJ William Rudloff. Why then is former state Rep. Tanya Pullin, D-South Shore, taking Rudloff’s place?
Newly elected Gov. Matt Bevin issued an executive order soon after taking office in December rescinding Beshear’s appointment, Jack Brammer reported in the Lexington Herald-Leader (LHL). Bevin’s order said Redus had withdrawn from the appointment. The LHL reported that Redus did not respond to a request for comment; only Pullin could be reached by the LHL for comment.
“There will be some traveling in the job for hearings but not as much as in the legislature,” Pullin — who lives in South Shore, in northeastern Kentucky — told the LHL. “Given my family status, that is appealing to me.”
Pullin’s workers’ compensation background is unknown. It does not appear she has ever practiced before the Department of Workers’ Claims. Pullin’s Votesmart.org biography indicates she last practiced law in 1997 with Baker & McKenzie out of the firm’s Hong Kong office. No standard legal directories make mention of her current legal practice.
Pullin’s appointment as an ALJ and her departure from the House follows a series of similar appointments that Bevin, a Republican, has made of House Democrats, leading pundits to theorize that Republicans are poised to take over that state legislative chamber for the first time since 1921.