FRANKFORT – Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo, the longtime legislative leader and former Attorney General, has filed for another two-year term to continue serving the people of the 95th House District.
“It has been a tremendous honor representing Floyd and Pike counties in the House and serving all of Kentucky as House Speaker since 2009,” said Speaker Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg. “I’ve been proud to have had a hand in helping lead this state over the years, and we have come a long way since I first took office as a legislator back in 1980. There is still much to do, however, and I look forward to doing all I can for those of us here at home and across the commonwealth.”
Five years after first being elected to the Kentucky House, Speaker Stumbo was chosen by his colleagues to be House Majority Floor Leader, making him the youngest floor leader in the country at that time. He held that title until being elected Attorney General in 2003.
During his tenure in that office, he fought illegal drugs, helped pass “price gouging” legislation and filed suit against such large pill manufacturers as Purdue-Pharma and oil companies like Marathon. His work on behalf of Kentucky child safety included conducting child predator “sting” operations, resulting in more than 40 convictions, and his program was showcased nationally on NBC’s “To Catch a Predator.”
After completing his term in that office, he was re-elected to his House seat during a special election in 2008. Less than a year later, he was elected House Speaker.
During the first portion of his legislative career, he was chief sponsor of such landmark laws as the Kentucky Lottery and the Kentucky Education Reform Act. He also spearheaded legislative efforts to bring Toyota to Kentucky in the late 1980s.
Since returning to the House chamber in 2008, he has been a leader in passing legislation designed to curb the state’s prescription drug epidemic, and he has been at the forefront of helping domestic violence victims.
His more local work includes playing a major role in the Shaping our Appalachian Region initiative; sponsoring legislation creating the coal-county scholarship program that is helping college students in the coalfields finish their four-year degree close to home; and ensuring that the Mountain Parkway expansion and extension and the Minnie to Harold connector continue moving forward.
“Looking ahead, I want to see Kentucky continue the parkway extension so that it eventually connects us to I-64 in Beckley, West Virginia; and I will continue fighting to bring a four-year public university here to the mountains,” Speaker Stumbo said. “It is difficult to overstate just how much these two different projects would do for us.”
Those organizations recognizing him for his legislative work include the Kentucky Family Safety Foundation, the Kentucky Domestic Violence Association, the Kentucky Academy of Trial Attorneys, and the Floyd County Chamber of Commerce.
Each year, he and his family host a charity event to raise money and support for the Highlands Center for Autism.
In his private career, Speaker Stumbo has returned to practice law with the firm of Morgan and Morgan, the largest plaintiff’s firm in the nation. He has three children – Morgan, Brooks, and Kassidy – and is married to the former Mary Karen Henderson.