David L. Williams
American politician
David L. Williams
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.
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An Interview With Saxophonist Sherman Irby
Huffington Post - 12 months
If you have ever had a chance to catch Wynton Marsalis' Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra "live", it's a good bet you have seen the larger than life presence of Sherman Irby upfront in the saxophone section. He is the one who envelopes his alto saxophone with a grizzly bear embrace, making the instrument look almost toy-like in his hands. A superb musician who has a soulful, fluid sound and an innate sense of swing, his bellowing laugh and cheerful personae are just two other reasons to enjoy this affable personality. Irby grew up in Tuscaloosa, Alabama where gospel and blues made up the predominant music of his early childhood. Making the leap from a teenager playing Gospel in the Reverend James Cleveland's band to a front line player in the JALC orchestra jazz is a tale best told by the man in his own words. I interviewed Mr. Irby by phone on February 5, 2016 while he was touring with the JALC band in Europe. He spoke to me while he walking the streets in France just after a ...
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Vanderbilt Fined $100,000 After Fans Storm Court
NYTimes - 12 months
Athletic Director David Williams knows the Commodores need to do a better job of crowd control after fans stormed the court following an upset of Kentucky.
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The Questions I Asked Myself Before My First Polar 'Bare' Plunge At 59
The Huffington Post - about 1 year
Photographer: David Williams As I opened my window blinds on Sunday morning, January 3, 2016, I found myself humming the Rocky theme song. I knew it was going to be one of those days that took me way out of my comfort zone, and I was nervous but very excited. I was heading down to Gunnison Beach in Sandy Hook, New Jersey to participate in the annual "Polar Bare Plunge." Yes, you read that correctly ... a voluntary plunge into the ice-cold ocean, completely naked! I only found out about the plunge two days before the event, so I didn't have too much time to psych myself out, but there's no getting around the fact that the ocean in early January is cold, cold, cold. This was a totally new experience for me, and my head was full of questions. Will I really be able to immerse myself, or will I chicken out and just get my feet wet? Is this even safe? Are there any purported health benefits? How do I warm myself up afterwards? The only thing I didn't have to concern myself with was: W ...
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"Think How You Are Adding Value": David Williams Interview
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
"Back when I started blogging in 2005, what most people knew about bloggers was that they usually got fired when the boss discovered what they were doing," said David E. Williams, the founder of Health Business Blog, now the flourishing online outlet for enlightened conversation on healthcare business and policy with over 3,500 posts. Williams,...
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Vision 2015: The Selling of Sales Acceleration
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
Sales acceleration technology -- catalyst to the burgeoning sales revolution The growing power of data collection and predictive analytics makes the technology behind sales acceleration the greatest tsunami impacting business today. If you Googled the term "Sales Acceleration" back in 1999, you would have received less than 15 results. Today, there are more than 3 million. In fact, investments for sales acceleration technologies now exceed $1.2 billion, including more than $40 million of funding made within the past two months. "It's like nothing that salespeople have ever seen," says Jim Lundy, founder and CEO of Aragon Research. Investments for Sales Acceleration Technologies Exceed $1.2 Billion http://t.co/2ujHRoeocc via @YahooFinance — studentforce (@studentforce) April 21, 2015 According to the American Society of Training and Development (ASTD), U.S. companies spend nearly $20 billion a year on sales training alone, making it imperative that the technology crea ...
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Why do I need to move my money to take part in the Great Pension Revolution? The experts answer your questions
Daily Mail (UK) - almost 2 years
We asked Stephen Womack – a chartered financial planner with Northampton-based adviser David Williams IFA – to answer some of the queries.
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Free Palestine nyc protest
CNN - over 2 years
Protest in Nyc, please send this to David Williams  
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Top 10 Revenue-Driving Tips Salespeople Can Learn from the Winter Games
Huffington Post - about 3 years
A recent David Williams Forbes article, "Why You Should Fill Your Company With Athletes, highlighted seven traits to look for when hiring. David didn't mean that you should hire only real athletes, but rather, try to hire employees that have "athlete traits that make any individual an exceptional hire." With the Winter Games off to an exciting start, and many of our own fiscal years starting up, sales teams are looking to be fast out of the gate. There are many lessons sales teams learn from the best winter athletes in the world. What traits do athletes have that can translate to sales? Quite a few, actually. Athletes, especially Olympic-caliber ones, are very driven. They know that they have to put in the work at practice to see results in the games -- and sometimes that means practices every day, or twice a day. Moreover, they have a never-say-die attitude, and they know how to work through adversity to see results. Managers should try to find salespeople who put in the time and wor ...
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Horses For Courses: Wednesday gamble landed is anything but ‘Low Key’
Yorkshire Evening Post - about 3 years
THE Day began with Frankie Dettori landing a comeback winner. The writing was on the wall when his Lingfield rivals dangerously left him alone in front. But even Dettori’s comeback had long been forgotten by the time Low Key had battered the bookies by completing a monster-plunge four-timer at Kempton last night. Again, the writing was on the wall from an early stage. The country’s leading bookmakers were quick to play down any claims of a “multi-million pound bloodbath” after four horses with some link to legendary gambler and former trainer Barney Curley obliged across the country. Yet there was no denying the cleverness involved with the bookmaking industry having been on red-alert from early morning after latching on to the well-backed quartet, all of which were returning from lengthy absences and struck at Lingfield, Catterick and Kempton. First up was Eye Of The Tiger in the 32Red Casino Handicap at Lingfield, eventually going off at even-money and cruising nine lengths cl ...
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Gold Handcuffed To Fed Decisions
The Street - about 3 years
Gold is trading slightly higher at midday ahead of Tuesday's Fed meeting. David Williams of Strategic Gold says gold's fundamentals haven't changed, they're just tied to the Fed's QE policy. TheStreet's Debra Borchardt reports from the NYSE.
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Miami Gardens & St. Thomas University 3rd Annual Science And Engineering Fair
Yahoo News - about 3 years
MIAMI, Dec. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- St. Thomas University and the City of Miami Gardens are jointly hosting the 3rd Annual Science and Engineering Fair December 9-10, 2013 with an increasing participation of students interested in science. City of Miami Gardens' Councilman David Williams Jr., Seat 5, originally conceptualized the event, becoming one of the beacon projects in the community. "We are committed to increasing our youth's reliance on science," said Williams. "We know that there is a widening gap between the U.S. ...
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Merkle CEO David Williams Unwinds By Racing Cars (VIDEO)
Yahoo News - over 3 years
While some people relax by curling up with a good book or taking anap, Merkle CEO David Williams chooses to get behind the wheel.Williams recently told HuffPost Live host Mike Sacks that racingcars allows him to unwind and take a break from the daily pressuresof work. "I need my own release and the thing I love about autosports and racing Porches is that it's so intense, you cannot thinkabout anything else," Williams said. With racing, office and homeresponsibilities, Williams explained that prioritizing is the onlyway to create a sense of relaxation and
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Mentally Strong People: The 13 Things They Avoid
Forbes - over 3 years
For all the time executives spend concerned about physical strength and health, when it comes down to it, mental strength can mean even more. Particularly for entrepreneurs, numerous articles talk about critical characteristics of mental strength—tenacity, “grit," optimism, and an unfailing ability as Forbes contributor David Williams says, to “fail up.”
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Former Bury Free Press editor dies
Bury Free Press - over 3 years
David Williams, former editor of the Bury Free Press who had a long and distinguished career in journalism, has died aged 81.
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Springboard Collaborative Welcomes the School Year
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Springboard Collaborative combines targeted student instruction with parent training. The goal is to close the literacy gap. The method is to offer incentives for doing so. As summer fades away and school buses, once again, journey through morning traffic, Alejandro Gac-Artigas, Springboard CEO and founder, welcomed the school year with a message to friends, supportersz and advisers: Monday morning, millions of American children returned to school with new backpacks, sharp pencils, and big hopes for the year ahead. Their wide smiles and excited chatter belie a sad reality. When the bell rang for first period, only some of them began making forward progress. Due to the chronic summertime reading losses that affect low-income communities, 30 million underprivileged kids will spend the first three months of school playing catch-up while their wealthier peers pull ahead. In 2011, we changed this reality for 42 kids in one school. This summer, we empowered parents and teachers to d ...
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Bacher says South Africa has produced more great allrounders than any other Test-playing nation – Cricket News Update
Bettor - over 3 years
Bacher says South Africa has produced more great allrounders than any other Test-playing nation – Cricket News Update In his new book, former South African captain, Ali Bacher, has lauded South African allrounders and wrote about the country producing more great allrounders than any other Test-playing country. Titled Jacques Kallis and 12 other Great South African All-Rounders, the book, authored by Ali Bacher and David Williams, provides insight into the lives of several South African all-r...
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Celeski, Williams among latest All Stars
Yahoo News - over 3 years
They may not have been in everyone's original starting XI, but Billy Celeski and David Williams are ready to seize their All Stars chance with both hands
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LuxEco Living: Kabang Creates Hope for Dogs throughout the World: Meet Karen Kenngott the Nurse Who Helped Save Kabang's Life
Huffington Post - over 3 years
By Nancy and James Chuda founders of LuxEcoLiving and Healthy Child Healthy World Travels with Journey, The Hallmark Inn Davis, California Kabang is a heroic dog from the Philippines who underwent major reconstructive surgery following a motorcycle accident in which she intercepted to save the lives of two children. Photo courtesy of CBS News "The capacity for hope is the most significant fact of life. It provides human beings with a sense of destination and energy to get started." Norman Cousins We got lucky when we adopted Journey. He was seven months old and had shared his early life experiences with two males labs, Jack and Sam. Some of my friends say he won the dog lottery but we think we did. Journey is special boy and just loves being with us. They say labs are like that. They don't want to be left alone. When I called to make a reservation at the Hallmark Inn in Davis California, I explained to Marisa, the General Manager, that we were on the road along ...
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The Prince of Wales in Marlow
Bucks Free Press - over 3 years
DAVID Williams loves The Prince of Wales because it attracts people who have a good laugh, in this week's I Love My Local.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of David L. Williams
  • 2012
    Age 58
    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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  • 2011
    Age 57
    On May 17, 2011, Williams secured the Republican nomination over TEA Party movement-backed Phil Moffet.
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  • 2010
    Age 56
    On September 1, 2010, Williams announced he would seek the governorship in 2011.
    More Details Hide Details He ran unsuccessfully against Democratic Governor Steve Beshear on a ticket with lieutenant-governor nominee, state Agriculture Commissioner and former Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball standout Richie Farmer. A third perennial candidate in the field, Gatewood Galbraith, who finished with 9 percent of the vote, died two months after the election.
    In September 2010, he announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for governor in the 2011 gubernatorial election.
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  • 2009
    Age 55
    In 2009, he announced that he would remain in the state Senate and not challenge incumbent Jim Bunning in the 2010 Republican senatorial primary.
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  • 2002
    Age 48
    Williams remains President of the Senate, being re-elected to represent his Senate district in November 2002, November 2006, and November 2010.
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    Williams decried this request as another attempt by Democrats to forestall the redistricting debate until after the 2002 elections.
    More Details Hide Details In October 2001, the Census Bureau announced that it believed the adjusted figures were unreliable and refused to release them. In the opening days of the 2002 General Assembly, House Democrats angered Senate Republicans by submitting maps of proposed districts for the House and Senate. Previously, each chamber had only submitted maps for its own districts. During the ensuing negotiations, Williams promised that Senate Republicans would vote for any redistricting plan the House devised for its districts if House Democrats would agree to do the same for the Senate, but House Speaker Jody Richards refused. After weeks of negotiations, the Assembly approved a plan that gave House Democrats most of what they wanted with regard to House districts and Senate Republicans most of what they wanted with regard to Senate districts. After Senate Democrats complained about the bill, House Majority Leader Greg Stumbo chided them for "not accepting the fact that 20-18 means Republicans control the Senate" and encouraged them to campaign hard to win back the chamber in future elections.
  • 2001
    Age 47
    In July 2001, Williams and House Speaker Jody Richards reached an agreement to allow committees of four representatives and three senators to meet up to three times in advance of the 2002 legislative session.
    More Details Hide Details One of the items left unaddressed in the 2001 legislative session was approving a redistricting plan for the state based on the 2000 Census. Republicans advocated for Governor Patton to call a special legislative session following the 2001 regular session for the purpose of considering redistricting, but Patton refused to call such a session unless House and Senate leaders had an agreed-upon plan in place first. Republicans charged that Patton was intentionally delaying the redistricting so that the 2002 legislative elections would take place with districts drawn by the Democrat-controlled General Assembly a decade earlier to favor Democratic candidates. Patton denied that charge. In September 2001, a group of Democratic senators claimed that the official census figures underrepresented the state's population by approximately 50,000 people, especially minorities, children, and the homeless. They asked that the Census Bureau release scientifically-adjusted figures that would account for those underrepresented populations.
    In 2001, Williams left his wife and filed for divorce, claiming the marriage was "irretrievably broken".
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  • 2000
    Age 46
    After the session, and in the lead-up to the 2000 legislative elections, the strained relationship between Patton and Williams deteriorated when Patton said Williams had pledged to help him pass his proposed gasoline tax increase at a meeting at the Governor's Mansion in December 1999.
    More Details Hide Details Patton claimed Williams had made a list of Republican senators who would support the increase, those who would oppose it, and those who might be persuaded to support it. Williams denied that he ever pledged to help pass the tax and claimed Patton might have been mistaken regarding the details of their December meeting because, during the meeting, he was "drinking liquor and talking big." "He wasn't falling down drunk. He was mouthy drunk," Williams said. The fractured relationship between Patton and Williams endured for the remainder of Patton's term in office. In the 2000 legislative elections, Republicans maintained their 20 - 18 advantage in the Senate. Previously limited to 60-day meetings in even-numbered years, the Kentucky General Assembly was allowed a 30-day session in odd-numbered years by a constitutional amendment passed in 2000. As the 2001 session opened, the Republican-controlled Senate and Democrat-controlled House clashed over the makeup of joint committees that meet in the interim between legislative sessions to study issues and draft legislation for the upcoming session. Senate Republicans called for equal representation on the committees to reflect their control of that chamber; Democrats insisted that, because the House had more members, the House should be represented by more members on the joint committees. Late in the session, Williams introduced a proposal to the bipartisan Legislative Research Commission - which was made up of eight Democrats and eight Republicans - that would have allowed each chamber to name their own members to the joint interim committees, helping to resolve the parity issue.
    On January 5, 2000, Larry Saunders' promised resignation became official, and Williams was elected President of the Senate.
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    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.
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  • 1999
    Age 45
    Bob Leeper of Paducah rendered the discussion moot when, after talking with Williams, he also switched party affiliations from Democratic to Republican in August 1999, giving Republicans control of that chamber for the first time in state history.
    More Details Hide Details Following Leeper's switch, Williams announced that the Republicans, now in the majority, would oust Senate President Larry Saunders and elect a new president. Williams cited the party's deteriorating relationship with Saunders after he called a Democratic caucus meeting, held before Leeper's switch, in which Democrats pledged to block Republicans from exercising floor leadership during the upcoming legislative session. Williams called the move an act of bad faith by Saunders. Saunders pledged to resist the Republicans' ouster, claiming the state constitution called for the election of the Senate President to a two-year, uninterrupted term during the Assembly's odd-year organizational sessions and made no provision for unseating him in the interim. After requesting an advisory opinion on the issue from Attorney General Ben Chandler and threatening to take the case to the Kentucky Supreme Court, Saunders backed down in October 1999, announcing he would resign rather than wage a protracted legal battle. The move left Williams, the longest-serving Republican in the Senate and the third-longest serving members in the entire chamber, as Sauders' presumptive replacement.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The switch called into question how legislation would proceed through the chamber. Historically, the flow of legislation on the floor had been managed by the majority leader, but with an equal number of Democrats and Republicans, neither Williams nor Democratic floor leader David Karem could be considered the majority leader. Among the options considered were allowing Karem to retain control as before, allowing Williams and Karem to alternate control daily or weekly, allowing members of the chamber to choose between the two, or flipping a coin to determine who would be in control.
  • 1998
    Age 44
    Williams defended the move, saying it was a return to the traditional composition of the committee; a 5 - 4 split between the majority and minority was part of a deal brokered with Saunders by Republicans for the 1998 session only, Williams said.
    More Details Hide Details Williams and Democratic Speaker of the House Jody Richards both criticized Governor Patton early in the legislative session for presenting his budget and plan for tax reform to the legislature as a single package, rather than separately, as had been customary for previous governors. Elements of the tax plan - in particular, a seven-cent-per-gallon hike in the gasoline tax - were considered unlikely to pass in isolation, and Williams and Richards believed Patton had bundled the budget and tax plan in order to make it harder for legislators to oppose these elements. Senate Republicans remained firmly against enacting any new taxes for most of the session, hampering the General Assembly's ability to pass a bundled budget. Williams was able to hold his caucus together against tax increases until the last few days of the session, when they acquiesced on enacting a six percent tax on out-of-state phone calls. Still, Republicans claimed victory for having defeated Patton's larger tax plan.
    When Gex Williams, who did not seek re-election to his Senate seat in order to run for the House, left the chamber at the end of 1998, David Williams blocked a resolution commending his years of service, a traditional honor for long-serving legislators.
    More Details Hide Details In early 1999, weakened by the attempt to remove him as floor leader, Dan Kelly did not seek the post again at the General Assembly's organizational meeting. Williams declared his candidacy for the position, and ally Charlie Borders became a candidate for minority caucus chairman. Williams' leadership team was elected, and Democrat Larry Saunders was re-elected unanimously as President of the Senate. As minority leader, Williams negotiated an agreement with Saunders to allow Republicans to hold a majority in three Senate committees and to allow Republicans to chair those committees.
    In 1998, Gex Williams had entered the race to replace Jim Bunning as Fourth District congressman, David Williams backed Rick Robinson, his rival's primary opponent.
    More Details Hide Details David Williams claimed that he was trying to counter the effect of Gex Williams' endorsements by Gary Bauer and William Bennett, who he said were outsiders who lacked knowledge of the two House candidates. Saying he knew both candidates personally, David Williams characterized Gex Williams as mean-spirited and "a full-time anarchist". Robinson lost the primary, but Gex Williams was defeated by Democrat Ken Lucas in the general election.
    Despite the attempts to recruit an opponent, Williams was unopposed in his 1998 re-election bid.
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    In February 1998, Williams was a major player in a power struggle among Senate Republicans.
    More Details Hide Details In the middle of the legislative session, he led an attempt to replace Republican minority leader Dan Kelly. When the Republican caucus met, Kelly survived by a vote of 9 - 9, but his influence was weakened by the challenge. During the caucus meeting, Williams charged Kelly ally and fellow Republican Senator Gex Williams of trying to recruit an opponent for him in the Republican primary. Gex Williams readily admitted to the recruitment, saying primaries were good for the party. The incident was one of several clashes between the two Williams, who are not related. David Williams was regarded as a party moderate for, among other things, his vote in favor of the Kentucky Education Reform Act and its related tax increase; Gex Williams was a hard-line religious conservative who spent much of his career trying to repeal or weaken the Act.
  • 1997
    Age 43
    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.
    More Details Hide Details During the 1997 session, the Kentucky Center for Public Issues, a private, nonprofit public policy center, conducted a survey of legislators, lobbyists and journalists that showed Williams as the tenth most effective state senator, second among Republicans. The same survey showed Williams as the most admired Republican in the Senate.
  • 1996
    Age 42
    In 1996, Governor Paul E. Patton, a Democrat, named Williams to his Task Force on Postsecondary Education.
    More Details Hide Details The group was charged with devising ways to reform the state's system of higher education, including reducing the duplication of effort between the state's community colleges and technical schools.
  • 1994
    Age 40
    Williams was re-elected to his Senate seat without opposition in November 1994.
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  • 1993
    Age 39
    He was defeated in the Republican primary in May 1993 by his childhood friend, Fred Capps.
    More Details Hide Details Williams cited his late start in campaigning due to a special legislative session called by Governor Brereton Jones as the main factor in his defeat.
  • 1992
    Age 38
    Under those rules, Saunders said any proposed legislation that had the votes to pass would come to the floor rather than being killed by a committee; with this provision in place, Republicans were able to pass more of their legislative agenda, including the restrictions on abortion that Williams and colleague Tim Philpot sought in the 1992 session.
    More Details Hide Details Williams was the only Republican who did not vote for Saunders; having already promised his vote to Rose, he abstained after the alliance of Republicans and Democrats was revealed.
    After his loss in November 1992, Williams declared his candidacy for Commonwealth's Attorney for the 29th district (Adair, Cumberland, Casey, and Monroe counties).
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    Ormerod's campaign largely focused on socially conservative issues, but it was Williams who secured the endorsement of Kentucky Right to Life, who cited his lawsuit to free the three abortion bills from committee in the 1992 legislative session.
    More Details Hide Details As a result of the largely uninspiring primary campaigns, there was only an 18% voter turnout in the Republican primary. Williams won the nomination with 49,918 votes to Thompson's 25,017 and Ormerod's 7,158. In the general election, Ford, the Senate Majority Whip and a former governor, raised $2.4 million for his campaign, about eight times the amount Williams raised. Given his limited finances, Williams relied on news conferences and interviews on small town radio stations to get his message out. Williams repeatedly lamented that Ford would not agree to a formal debate; Ford said that could not be arranged because Congress was still in session and he needed to be in Washington. During the campaign, Williams attempted to paint Ford as too liberal for Kentucky voters, citing his votes against the Gulf War and Clarence Thomas' confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court. Both candidates declared their support for a Balanced Budget Amendment, but Williams said that Ford's support of pork barrel projects for the state and a procedural vote that kept the amendment from a vote in 1991 were evidence that Ford's support was not genuine. Williams received only 477,002 votes (36%) to Ford's 834,678 (63%).
    In 1992, Williams announced he would seek the Republican nomination to challenge incumbent Democratic Senator Wendell H. Ford.
    More Details Hide Details In the Republican primary, Williams faced opposition from Philip Thompson, executive director of the Kentucky Republican Party and a previous president of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, and Denny Ormerod, a machinist from Louisville who ran only a limited campaign. Though Williams and Thompson represented opposing factions in the state Republican Party - Williams managed Larry Hopkins' 1991 primary campaign while Thompson worked full-time for Hopkins' primary opponent Larry Forgy - the two virtually ignored each other in the primary campaign, choosing instead to focus their rhetoric against Ford. Thompson did question Williams' conservative credentials on grounds that he voted in favor of the tax increase associated with the Kentucky Education Reform Act.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Williams and Huff were protesting the fact that Senator Tim Shaughnessy would not allow testimony about the bill. Near the end of the session, the House of Representatives sent three bills related to abortion to the Senate. The bills would have required the consent of a parent or judge for a teenager to receive an abortion, required the distribution of information about abortion alternatives to women seeking an abortion, and imposed additional health regulations on abortion clinics. The bills were assigned to the Senate Judiciary Committee, whose chair refused to bring them up for a committee vote. All eleven Senate Republicans filed a discharge petition to force the bills onto the floor for a vote by the full senate, but no Democrats voted for the petitions, leaving Republicans well short of the 20 votes needed for approval. Williams and fellow Senator Tim Philpot filed suit to have the Senate rules declared unconstitutional, to force a vote on the bills. The suit was based on a non-binding advisory opinion issued in 1978 by then-Attorney General Robert L. Stephens which said that legislative rules could not contradict the state constitution, and cited a section of the state constitution, "Whenever a committee refuses or fails to report a bill submitted to it in a reasonable time, the same may be called up by any member."
  • 1991
    Age 37
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Instead, Hopkins named Williams as his campaign manager. Hopkins defeated Larry Forgy in the Republican primary; Williams resigned as campaign manager following that primary.
  • 1990
    Age 36
    After being re-elected in November 1990 without opposition, Williams challenged Rogers for the post of minority leader.
    More Details Hide Details The Republican Senate caucus, which gained three members in the 1990 elections, voted to retain Rogers, 6 - 5. Williams was subsequently stripped of several key committee positions.
    Following the 1990 session, Republican caucus chairman Jack Trevey died, and Williams gained the support of four of the Senate's seven Republicans to succeed Trevey as interim caucus chairman.
    More Details Hide Details Senate minority leader John Rogers was not among those who supported Williams and did not make the motion to seat Williams on the Legislative Research Commission, a seat to which Williams' position entitled him.
    The bill passed, and Williams was praised by the Lexington Herald-Leader as one of the best legislators of 1990.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details Williams lost his bid by a vote of 5 to 3. The major issue of the 1990 legislative session was crafting a new, reformed school system due to a 1988 Kentucky Supreme Court decision that declared the entire Kentucky public school system unconstitutional. Although Williams was not a voting member of the Assembly's education task force, he regularly attended their meetings and contributed his input. When the Kentucky Education Reform Act was presented on the Senate floor, Williams supported it. His position drew the ire of many in his party not only because he crossed party lines to support the bill, but also because the bill included steep tax increases to pay for the education reforms.
  • 1988
    Age 34
    Also in 1988, he became the chairman of the Cumberland County Republican Party.
    More Details Hide Details In December 1988, Governor Wallace Wilkinson, a Democrat, called a special legislative session to consider the creation of a state lottery. Williams proposed an amendment, which did not pass, to allow counties to decide whether or not to sell lottery tickets, similar to the state's existing local option liquor laws. Ultimately, Williams was one of only five senators to vote against the lottery bill.
  • 1987
    Age 33
    In 1987, Williams was named the state organizational chairman for Vice-President George H. W. Bush's presidential campaign, and he was a delegate to the 1988 Republican National Convention.
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  • 1986
    Age 32
    After only one term in the House, Williams announced his candidacy for the state senate in 1986.
    More Details Hide Details The seat, representing the 16th district (Adair, Casey, Cumberland, Green, Metcalfe, Russell and Taylor counties), was left open by the retirement of incumbent legislator Doug Moseley of Campbellsville. In the Republican primary, Williams defeated Taylor County Attorney Larry Noe, also of Campbellsville, by a vote of 6,695 to 6,032. In the general election, he beat Democrat Willard N. Smith by a vote of 14,461 to 11,534.
  • 1985
    Age 31
    As a member of the House, Williams served on the Education Committee. His most notable actions were in opposition to an education reform package proposed by Governor Martha Layne Collins, a Democrat, during a special legislative session in July 1985.
    More Details Hide Details Williams opposed a provision of the plan that required county officials to raise additional tax revenue in order to participate in school construction program; he said that counties which were owed large amounts in delinquent taxes would have to raise tax rates above the state minimum in order to collect the requisite funds. He offered several amendments to the plan, including the repeal of a provision to pilot a career ladder program for educators and a requirement that the state retirement system pay the full health insurance premiums of retired teachers and their spouses. All of Williams' amendments were defeated, except one to maintain the same qualifications for writing aides that were required of kindergarten aides. After the session, Williams and Representative John Harper charged that Collins delayed approval of public works grant projects in their districts in retaliation for their opposition to the reform plan; Collins denied that.
  • 1984
    Age 30
    His next run for public office came in 1984, when he challenged incumbent legislator Richard Fryman in the Republican primary election to represent Kentucky's 53rd district (Clinton, Cumberland and Wayne counties) in the Kentucky House of Representatives.
    More Details Hide Details In an election where a myriad of local issues resulted in ten incumbents in the House of Representatives losing their respective primaries statewide, Williams garnered 2,450 votes to Fryman's 1,804; a third candidate, Kirby R. Ringley, got 1,519 votes. With no Democratic challenger, Williams took the seat. At age thirty-one, he was the youngest member of the House of Representatives at the time.
  • 1977
    Age 23
    Immediately after finishing law school in 1977, Williams challenged the incumbent county judge in Cumberland County.
    More Details Hide Details Although Republicans had a 3-to-1 voter registration advantage in the county, Williams lost the election.
  • 1976
    Age 22
    In 1976, Williams married the former Elaine Grubbs.
    More Details Hide Details The couple had no children.
  • 1975
    Age 21
    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.
    More Details Hide Details After graduation, he returned to Burkesville, where he began a law practice.
  • 1953
    The only child of Lewis and Flossie Williams, David Williams was born in Burkesville in Cumberland County, Kentucky, on May 28, 1953.
    More Details Hide Details Lewis Williams was a schoolteacher and basketball coach, but rural Cumberland County High School was unable to pay him sufficient salary to support his family; so he ran for clerk of the position of clerk of the Cumberland County Fiscal Court. After his initial election, the senior Williams never faced any opposition for the office, which he held for twenty-eight years. Because of his father's office, David Williams met several politicians over the years, including Republicans, Senator John Sherman Cooper and Representative Tim Lee Carter. Such contacts aroused his interest in politics. In his teenage years, he became affiliated with the Young Republicans. While attending Cumberland County High School, Williams was a strong student and captain of the football team. He served as class president and successfully lobbied school administrators to re-instate the senior trip to Florida. After high school, he attended the University of Kentucky, where he was a member of Kappa Alpha Order Fraternity.
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