David L. Williams

Born May 28, 1953

David Lewis Williams is a lawyer and politician from the U.S. state of Kentucky. A Republican, he has represented Kentucky's 16th district in the Kentucky Senate since 1987. When Republicans gained control of the state senate in 2000, Williams was chosen as President of the Senate, and he has held that post continuously since. In September 2010, he announced he would seek the Republican nomination for governor in the 2011 gubernatorial election.… Read More

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1953 Birth The only child of Lewis and Flossie Williams, David Williams was born in Burkesville in Cumberland County, Kentucky, on May 28, 1953. … Read More


1975 22 Years Old He earned a bachelor's degree in 1975; in 1977, he earned his Juris Doctor from the Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville. … Read More
1976 23 Years Old In 1976, Williams married the former Elaine Grubbs. … Read More
1977 24 Years Old Immediately after finishing law school in 1977, Williams challenged the incumbent county judge in Cumberland County. … Read More


1984 - 1988 5 More Events
At the General Assembly's organizational session prior to the 1990 legislative session, Williams announced that he would challenge Jack Trevey for his position as Republican caucus chair. … Read More
1991 38 Years Old Williams considered running for lieutenant governor on a ticket with Congressman Larry Hopkins in 1991, but some within the party worried that Williams' support of the Kentucky Education Reform Act - and its associated tax hike - would hurt Hopkins' ability to campaign on a platform of lowering taxes. … Read More
During the 1992 legislative session, Williams and fellow Republican Gene Huff walked out of the Senate chambers just before a vote on a prevailing wage bill. … Read More


1993 - 1996 3 More Events
1997 44 Years Old When the plan was presented to the legislature in 1997, Williams successfully pushed for an amendment to earmark $2 million for programs to improve basic literacy education, citing estimates that up to 44% of the state's population was illiterate or not educated enough to take advantage of postsecondary education. … Read More
In February 1998, Williams was a major player in a power struggle among Senate Republicans. … Read More
1999 46 Years Old 1 More Event
In July 1999, State Senator Dan Seum of Louisville switched his party affiliation from Democrat to Republican, shifting the balance of power from a 20 - 18 edge for the Democrats to a tie between Democrats and Republicans. … Read More
…  When Republicans gained control of the state senate in 2000, Williams was chosen as President of the Senate, and he has held that post continuously since that time.
2001 48 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2001, Williams left his wife and filed for divorce, claiming the marriage was "irretrievably broken".
2002 49 Years Old 1 More Event
Williams decried this request as another attempt by Democrats to forestall the redistricting debate until after the 2002 elections. … Read More


2009 56 Years Old In 2009, he announced that he would remain in the state Senate and not challenge incumbent Jim Bunning in the 2010 Republican senatorial primary. … Read More
2010 57 Years Old 1 More Event
In September 2010, he announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for governor in the 2011 gubernatorial election.
2011 58 Years Old On May 17, 2011, Williams secured the Republican nomination over TEA Party movement-backed Phil Moffet. … Read More
2012 59 Years Old Williams and his second wife, Robyn Williams of Russell County, a former state district court judge, filed for divorce in September, 2012.
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