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A Lifetime of Service


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Kent returning from his final mission in Iraq

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Kent serving as BMV Commissioner at the signing of landmark legislation overhauling BMV during the Pence administration.

Kent Abernathy is a husband, father, grandfather, businessman, veteran, and native Hoosier.


A graduate of the United States Military Academy, Kent’s lifetime of public service emulates the West Point motto: Duty, Honor, Country. Following graduation, his initial military service included duty in Korea and with the 82nd Airborne division.


Kent then transitioned to the Army National Guard and pursued a career in the private sector.  As a vice president for two Indianapolis banks, he gained a comprehensive knowledge and appreciation for the factors that drive successful business and economic growth.

In 2003, with Americans defending freedom in Iraq and Afghanistan, Kent felt the call to return to active military service. He took on various leadership roles in the Pentagon and in Iraq, where he earned the Bronze Star medal.


Following his retirement from the Army Reserve as a Colonel, Kent returned to Indiana and served in the administrations of Governor Mitch Daniels and Governor Mike Pence. During the Pence administration, he was appointed as the 25th Commissioner of the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV), where he oversaw the passage of landmark legislative reform that simplified and streamlined the Indiana motor vehicle code, resulting in the elimination of dozens of unnecessary consumer fees and the reduction of dozens more that Hoosiers experience on a daily basis. More recently, Kent served as the Executive Director of the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service.


Kent and his wife, Karen, a retired pediatric critical care nurse, have been married for 41 years and live in Zionsville with their dog Scout. Together they have three sons, three daughters-in-law and four grandchildren, and are members of Saint Alphonsus Liguori Church in Zionsville.



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