Jack Conway
Attorney General of Kentucky
Jack Conway
John William “Jack” Conway is an American politician from Kentucky. Conway is a Democrat and has served as the Attorney General of Kentucky since 2008. Prior to his election as attorney general, he was a candidate in the 2002 U.S. House of Representatives election for, narrowly losing to Anne Northup. Conway was the Democratic nominee in the 2010 U.S. Senate election, seeking the seat in the United States Senate held by Republican Jim Bunning.
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Republicans Realize Taking Obamacare Away From Their Voters Maybe Isn't A Great Idea
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WASHINGTON -- Republicans have enjoyed big electoral wins over the past year that put them on the verge of being able to do major damage to Obamacare. Only now, some of them seem a little anxious about taking the next, big step. It's a truism in politics, espoused by Republicans and Democrats alike, that it's awfully hard to take away government benefits once they've been offered. In the case of the Affordable Care Act, repeal would mean yanking health coverage from more than 16 million people who didn't have it before, between those who now get subsidies for private health insurance and those who gained access to Medicaid coverage via the law's expansion of that program to more low-income adults. It's the Medicaid expansion that now appears to be complicating the ceaseless, noisy and heretofore ineffective "Repeal Obamacare!" movement. The House has voted dozens of times to get rid of Obamacare (or at least cripple it) since 2011, but the Senate has been in GOP hands for almos ...
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Matt Bevin Wins 2015 Kentucky Governor Race
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Republican Matt Bevin has won the election for Kentucky governor, the Associated Press reports. Bluegrass State voters took to the polls on Tuesday to elect Bevin, who will replace outgoing Gov. Steve Beshear (D). He defeated Democrat Jack Conway and Independent candidate Drew Curtis. Bevin, only the second Republican elected to Kentucky's highest office in 40 years, is best known for his tea party-backed challenge to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) in the 2014 GOP primary for Kentucky's Senate race. He announced his run for governor in January, going on to defeat other Republican gubernatorial hopefuls, including former state Supreme Court Justice Will Scott and State Agriculture Commissioner James Comer. Conway, who first announced his intent to run for governor in May 2014, has served as Kentucky's attorney general since 2008. He ran against Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) in 2010 and lost. Before that, he was a private attorney.  Conway and Bevin took part in se ...
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Matt Bevin Wins 2015 Kentucky Governor Race
The Huffington Post - over 1 year
Republican Matt Bevin has won the election for Kentucky governor, the Associated Press reports. Bluegrass State voters took to the polls on Tuesday to elect Bevin, who will replace outgoing Gov. Steve Beshear (D). He defeated Democrat Jack Conway and Independent candidate Drew Curtis. Bevin, only the second Republican elected to Kentucky's highest office in 40 years, is best known for his tea party-backed challenge to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) in the 2014 GOP primary for Kentucky's Senate race. He announced his run for governor in January, going on to defeat other Republican gubernatorial hopefuls, including former state Supreme Court Justice Will Scott and State Agriculture Commissioner James Comer. Conway, who first announced his intent to run for governor in May 2014, has served as Kentucky's attorney general since 2008. He ran against Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) in 2010 and lost. Before that, he was a private attorney.  Conway and Bevin took part in se ...
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If This Kentucky Republican Becomes Governor, Hundreds Of Thousands Could Lose Their Health Insurance
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Your State And Local Elections Are Now A Super PAC Playground
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WASHINGTON -- The influence of billionaires in the post-Citizens United era is in no way limited to the 2016 presidential and congressional elections. While the super-wealthy dominate those races, local and state elections in 2015 are also attracting big money from Forbes-listed billionaires and local wealthy interests that's funneled through super PACs. Not all states, cities and municipalities hold elections on even-numbered years. On Nov. 3, voters in Kentucky and Mississippi will hold gubernatorial and legislative elections, and voters in New Jersey and Virginia will vote on legislative candidates. Louisiana held its pre-runoff election for governor and many other down-ballot races on Oct. 24, and will hold a runoff on Nov. 21. Many other cities and municipalities have held or will hold elections this year, including Chicago, Philadelphia, Nashville and Dallas, among many others. Super PACs and nonprofits -- in some cases connected to a single candidate -- have taken on ...
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McConnell Crusades For States To Ignore EPA Rules, But Kentucky's Not Listening
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is personally appealing to governors across the country to help thwart the Obama administration's plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. McConnell sent a letter to all 50 governors on Thursday urging them to ignore the Environmental Protection Agency's power plant plan. The plan, he wrote, will be "extremely burdensome and costly, and will not seriously address the global environmental concerns that are frequently raised to justify it." "I hope you will carefully review the consequences before signing up for this deeply misguided plan," wrote McConnell. "I believe you will find, as I have, that the EPA’s proposal goes far beyond its legal authority and that the courts are likely to strike it down." But back in McConnell's home state of Kentucky, state officials are plunging ahead with their work on a compliance plan with the new rules, which still have yet to be finalized. A piece in The (Louisville) ...
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Some States Stay Silent On Lawsuit Over Obama's Immigration Actions
Huffington Post - about 2 years
WASHINGTON -- After President Barack Obama announced wide-reaching executive actions on immigration last November, officials from 26 states joined a lawsuit to block them. Another 12, plus the District of Columbia, signed on to a brief in support of the president. Another dozen haven't gotten involved at all, and some observers are asking why. Those 12 states are Alaska, Colorado, Delaware, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia and Wyoming. HuffPost reached out to the offices of those states' governors and attorneys general to see where they stand on Obama's immigration actions and the lawsuit aimed at stopping them. Many didn't seem to want to talk about their decision to remain on the sidelines -- or at least did not respond to multiple calls and emails from HuffPost. A few said they were supportive of Obama's actions, but said they didn't join the amicus brief because of timing or a practice not to weigh in on lawsuit ...
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Finally, a Chance to Curb the Abuses of For-Profit Colleges
Huffington Post - over 3 years
This morning, in a packed room on the 8th floor of a K Street building, the U.S. Department of Education resumes talks in pursuit of a "gainful employment" rule aimed at penalizing for-profit colleges that leave students deep in debt and without decent paying jobs. It's called a "negotiated rulemaking," bringing together representatives of schools, students, and others, but the parties are too far apart for there to be a successful negotiation. Instead the discussions are sharpening the debate, and have pushed the Department toward articulating its own increasingly solid set of rules that might actually be strong enough to help curb some of the worse actors in this troubled sector. Indeed, it seems that the powerful for-profit college industry, which has used its taxpayer-provided riches -- up to $33 billion a year -- to buy the most expensive lawyers and lobbyists, and the allegiance of many in Congress to keep the money flowing, is finally on the run. The truth --  that many lead ...
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How a U.S. Senator Can Avoid "The Senate Curse" and Get Elected to the Presidency
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Between 1960 and 2008, 50 U.S. Senators sought the Presidency and lost. U.S. Senator Barack Obama broke the nearly half-century "Senate Curse" in 2008 by wining the Presidency. The Senate is an interesting place in that so many members try to use it as a launching pad to run for President, yet so few achieve success. A litany of graybeard U.S. Senators from Henry "Scoop" Jackson to Richard Lugar and Howard Baker failed to convince voters that their long Senate record and legislative accomplishments were causes belie for voters to elect them to the Presidency. Yet in 2008, Barack Obama was able to break the curse. The best way for a Senator to get elected President is to use the title of "Senator" to create a national profile outside of the Senate Chamber, not inside it. Rather than hunkering down and learning legislative minutia and crafting legislation in committee, Obama used his seat to raise his profile. Elected to the U.S. Senate in 2004, Obama earned a seat on the Senate ...
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California Legalizes Industrial Hemp, With A Catch
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California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) has signed a historic law that will legalize the cultivation of industrial hemp in the state. However, implementing the law Brown signed last week depends on approval from the federal government. “With the signing of this bill, California is poised to grow industrial hemp when the federal government gives states the green light,” state Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), who authored the bill, SB 566, said in a statement. “In the past year, the conversation to legalize the cultivation of hemp has gained momentum at the federal level, and it is only a matter of time before a farmer’s right to grow hemp is restored.” Under federal law, hemp production is illegal, banned since 1957 because of the relation of hemp plants to marijuana. Hemp contains an insignificantly low amount of tetrahydrocannabinol, the chemical in marijuana that produces a high. The U.S. started importing hemp products, used in the manufacture of products that include fibers, food a ...
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<i>The Thin Man</i> and More: The Best William Powell Movies
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The Warner Archives Collection has just released an item well worth celebrating: a William Powell collection featuring four early, virtually unknown films he made at the Warner's studio during his brief stint there from 1931-34. The set includes The Road To Singapore, a surprisingly racy feature where Powell draws a doctor's wife away from an unhappy marriage into an intense liaison; in High Pressure he plays an ace salesman hawking investment in an artificial rubber company when the inventor of the process goes missing; in Private Detective 62, he's a private eye who saves a lovely lady from being framed by his crooked partner; and finally in The Key, he portrays a British soldier who sacrifices his career to save a colleague (Colin Clive, of Frankenstein fame), whose wife he once loved. None of the features in this new set are undiscovered classics (though"Singapore and particularly Detective come closest), but they'll be catnip for fellow (or soon-to-be) Powell fanatics. I con ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jack Conway
    FORTIES
  • 2015
    Age 45
    In the general election held on November 3, 2015, Republican Matt Bevin defeated Conway 52.5% to 43.8% with independent candidate Drew Curtis receiving 4% of the vote.
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    During the primary election held on May 19, 2015, Conway defeated retired engineer Geoff Young for the Democratic Party nomination with 78.8 percent of the vote.
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    Conway ran for Governor of Kentucky in the 2015 gubernatorial election, with State Representative Sannie Overly as his running mate.
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    The Republican nominee Matt Bevin defeated Conway 52.5% to 43.8% with independent candidate Drew Curtis receiving 4% in the November 3, 2015 general election.
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    During the primary election held on May 19, 2015, Conway easily defeated retired engineer Geoff Young for the Democratic Party nomination.
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    Conway ran for Governor of Kentucky in the 2015 gubernatorial election, with State Representative Sannie Overly as his running mate.
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  • 2014
    Age 44
    In March 2014, Conway joined Kentucky to a lawsuit filed by Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster against California's egg production standards.
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    On February 27, 2014, Conway filed for a 90-day delay on District Court Judge John Heyburn's February 12, 2014 ruling, which ruled that Kentucky's ban on recognizing same-sex marriages from other states was unconstitutional.
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  • 2011
    Age 41
    He won re-election to a second term as Attorney General in 2011 with 55% of the vote.
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  • 2010
    Age 40
    Conway was a supporter of the Employee Free Choice Act. In a 2010 debate, Conway said that employees should be able to unionize if over 50% of them signed a card.
    More Details Hide Details If elected to the Senate, Conway says the first piece of legislation he will introduce would repeal what he calls a "sweetheart deal" for the pharmaceutical industry that currently prohibits Medicare from negotiating for lower prices on prescription drugs. Citing a report from the National Committee on Social Security and Medicare, he says that this alone would save the federal government $200 billion. Conway opposes privatizing Social Security and thinks these benefits should be maintained and protected from any outside risks associated with the financial markets. In his 2002 run for Congress Conway stated that raising the retirement age and cutting benefit levels "to save Social Security" has to be considered, but retracted these comments by November 2002. Conway has stated that ""We need a United States senator who understands that we need federal funding for treatment, we need federal funding for law enforcement investigators, and we need a collaborative approach of federal, state and local (resources) to deal with the drug problem" in Kentucky where prescription drug abuse is of particular concern. Conway has pledged his steadfast support of Operation UNITE, an anti-drug initiative in Kentucky that receives the majority of its funding at the federal level. He called for the creation of a network of prescription pill tracking systems across the United States, where each state would adopt a prescription pill tracking program similar to the KASPER system in Kentucky.
    During the 2010 primary for the U.S. Senate seat in Kentucky, Conway told the editorial board of The Courier-Journal that most of the Bush tax cuts should be allowed to expire.
    More Details Hide Details So I think the Bush tax cuts ought to be extended for some period of time, especially the individual taxes, the estate tax provisions, keeping the capital gains tax at 15 percent. I think they ought to be extended".
    In 2010, Conway told the Courier-Journal that he now opposes the Iraq War because the Bush administration overstated Saddam Hussein's efforts to obtain weapons of mass destruction, adding that "In this case, they trumped up the intelligence and then they didn't have a plan for winning the peace".
    More Details Hide Details Conway supports a pathway to legalization for some illegal immigrants, but said that preference should be given to those here legally. He has called for action against businesses that employ illegal aliens. He believes that "If you're born on the United States soil, then you're a United States citizen," and opposes breaking up families by deporting parents of children born here. Conway proposes a hometown tax credit to reward companies and small businesses that create jobs in Kentucky. Employers who prove they've boosted employment over the previous year by creating new jobs, increasing paid hours, or raising wages, would qualify for a 20% tax credit. The total benefit would be capped at $500,000 per firm. Conway says such a tax credit would be fully paid for by repealing foreign income and interest deductions, and closing offshore tax loopholes. Conway's jobs plan also calls for the creation of a Small Business Loan Fund that will put $30 billion of new capital toward lending for small businesses through community banks and credit unions.
    In 2010, he expressed satisfaction that the act had been amended to provide more judicial restraint of surveillance by federal agents.
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    He lost the general election to Republican nominee Rand Paul on November 2, 2010.
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    Conway was the Democratic nominee in the 2010 U.S. Senate election, seeking the seat of the retiring Republican Senator Jim Bunning.
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    Conway supports legalized abortion that "should be as rare as possible, but should be kept safe and legal." He opposes late-term abortion, and opposes a constitutional amendment to ban abortion. In his October 25, 2010 debate with Rand Paul, he reiterated his earlier statement that abortion should be rare but also safe and legal.
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    A July 2010 review of Conway's public statements over the last decade by The Courier-Journal found that while he does have liberal views on some issues such as reproductive rights and health-care reform, his outlook is conservative or moderate on others, including the death penalty.
    More Details Hide Details He told the interviewer, "I consider myself a political moderate. Fiscally, I can be pretty conservative. I'm pretty conservative, I think, on the 2nd Amendment."
    On October 15, 2010, in the wake of news coverage of Paul's alleged activities in college, Conway began running a TV ad asking why Paul joined a group at Baylor that mocked Christianity and told a classmate his god was "Aqua Buddha".
    More Details Hide Details The ad triggered an angry response from Paul, who claimed Conway was questioning his Christian faith. The ad was controversial, but the Conway campaign continued to run it, saying that it questioned Paul's judgment, not his faith.
    As of July 15, 2010, Conway had received $3.4 million in campaign contributions and loaned his campaign $525,000, surpassing Paul in available funds.
    More Details Hide Details Conway had been criticized by Paul for appearing at a fundraising event with a contingent of American trial lawyers in Canada.
    On May 18, 2010, Conway narrowly won the primary election to secure the Democratic nomination and face Republican nominee Rand Paul for the Senate seat in November 2010.
    More Details Hide Details Conway criticized Paul for his position on the Civil Rights Act of 1964. He first claimed Paul wanted to "repeal" it and later stated that Paul rejected and would have opposed inclusion of a "fundamental provision of the act". Conway criticized Paul for a 2002 letter in which Paul opposed the Fair Housing Act. Paul had stated that "a free society" should allow discrimination by private businesses even if he disagreed. Conway argued that Paul held a "narrow, rigid philosophy that government shouldn't deal with businesses at all".
    On July 14, 2010 the ethics complaint against Conway was dropped and the Kentucky ethics panel stated "campaign contributions aren't considered gifts under the ethics code, and as a result the ethics commission doesn't have jurisdiction."
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    In July 2010, Conway's office announced that a settlement had been reached in which the rock would be returned to Kentucky in exchange for all federal charges being dropped.
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    In March 2010, a WHAS/Courier Journal poll showed Mongiardo leading Conway by 18 percentage points among likely primary voters.
    More Details Hide Details By April, Mongiardo's lead was down to 3 percentage points, falling within the poll's margin of error. WHAS noted that Conway's surge corresponded with the beginning of his television advertising campaign, particularly in western Kentucky. Two weeks before the primary, Mongiardo filed an ethics complaint against Conway alleging that Conway's receipt of more than $70,000 in donations from utility company lobbyists represented a conflict of interest because the Office of Rate Intervention, a division of the attorney general's office, routinely evaluates whether requests to increase utility rates are warranted. Conway's spokeswoman responded that, in his two and a half years as attorney general, Conway had saved ratepayers "$100 million dollars by forcing proposed rate hikes to be lower in 18 cases before the Service Commission since 2008". Mongiardo's complaint further alleged that Conway stood to benefit from a requested rate increase by Atmos Energy, a partner of Kinder Morgan, a company in which Conway had a financial interest. The Lexington Herald-Leader reported that Conway ultimately negotiated a 38 percent reduction in Atmos Energy's request in the case.
    Officially filing his candidacy papers on January 19, 2010 – the day Republican Scott Brown dealt national Democrats a blow by upsetting Democrat Martha Coakley in a special election to fill the Massachusetts Senate seat left vacant by the death of Edward Kennedy – Conway highlighted several issues where he differed with the national party.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2009
    Age 39
    In October 2009, Conway announced his opposition to the Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act, the Senate version of the emissions trading bill sponsored by Democratic Senators John Kerry (D-MA) and Barbara Boxer (D-CA).
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    A further contrast came to light in July 2009 when Conway announced his support for the proposed American Clean Energy and Security Act, which would have created a system of emissions trading in the United States, but qualified his support by saying the bill should include language to protect affected consumers and businesses; Mongiardo called the bill a "terrible piece of legislation".
    More Details Hide Details The bill became an issue at the annual political picnic at Fancy Farm, Kentucky, with Mongiardo calling on Conway to condemn the legislation and Paul telling the crowd that "is kind of against it a little bit and he's kind of for it a little bit". Following the event, The Washington Posts Chris Cillizza, moved the primary between Conway and Mongiardo from seventh to fifth in his list of the ten most competitive primaries in the nation.
    In late July 2009, Bunning announced he would retire from the Senate after opposition from members of his own party including Kentucky's senior Senator, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, hampered his fundraising ability.
    More Details Hide Details Bunning's retirement created an open seat and cleared the way for Secretary of State Trey Grayson and Rand Paul – who had been fundraising without officially declaring their candidacies – to enter the Republican primary for the seat. At the McCracken County Democratic Executive Committee's annual Alben Barkley Dinner, Conway and Mongiardo began making their cases for the nomination, with Mongiardo touting his experience as a medical doctor and emphasizing the importance of health care in the national dialogue and Conway countering that he would be able to address a broader range of issues as a senator.
    He officially announced his candidacy for the Senate via a video on his campaign web site on April 9, 2009.
    More Details Hide Details He subsequently kicked off his campaign with a rally at the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville on April 13. At the rally, he received public endorsements from Democratic congressmen Ben Chandler and John Yarmuth, Louisville mayor Jerry Abramson, and State Auditor Crit Luallen; Governor Steve Beshear had previously endorsed Mongiardo. In the first three months of his candidacy, Conway raised more that $1.3 million, which his campaign said was a record for a Democratic Senate candidate in Kentucky. Mongiardo raised only $303,000 during the same period.
    In October 2009, his office announced the arrest of 322 people in Eastern Kentucky in connection with a joint state-federal investigation of a multi-state prescription drug pipeline stretching from Pennsylvania to Florida.
    More Details Hide Details It was the largest such operation in state history. Conway also prosecuted Medicaid fraud cases and renegotiated gas rates increases. Asked in November 2008 if he would consider challenging incumbent Republican Senator Jim Bunning for his seat in the 2010 election, Conway responded, "It's nice to be talked about. I'll certainly take a look at it." Politico described Conway as a viable candidate, citing his large margin of victory in the 2008 campaign for attorney general, his fundraising ability, and the age difference between him and Bunning. Conway consulted with Democratic Congressman Ben Chandler and state Auditor Crit Luallen about running for the seat. With two Democratic candidates – Lieutenant Governor Daniel Mongiardo and former U.S. Customs agent Darlene Fitzgerald Price – already in the race, Conway said in February 2009 that he would make an announcement about his plans after the General Assembly adjourned on March 27.
    Conway launched the Prescription Drug Diversion Task Force in August 2009, targeting prescription drug trafficking, overprescribing physicians, and illegal out-of-state pharmacies.
    More Details Hide Details The Task Force also conducted police training statewide.
    Saying he would ask to be assigned to the Senate Armed Services committee if elected, he criticized President Barack Obama's decision to increase the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan in the lead-up to Operation Strike of the Sword in June 2009.
    More Details Hide Details He further criticized the administration's decision to try suspected terrorists in civilian courts rather than military tribunals. Conway said he would have opposed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act because it did not allow insurance companies to sell their products across state lines and included a higher Medicaid reimbursement rate for Nebraska to secure support for the measure from Ben Nelson, a conservative Democratic Senator from Nebraska. When Congress later dropped Nebraska's Medicaid provision, Conway said the bill was still "far from perfect", but conceded he would have voted for it. Mongiardo opposed the bill, saying "If Jack Conway believes this is the magic solution to health care, it's proof that we need to send a doctor to the Senate, not just another politician." Conway also proposed that, as companies repaid the federal government for money directed to them by the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008, those funds be used to support small business loans made by local banks and to provide a dollar-for-dollar tax credit to employers who created new domestic jobs, a plan he called the Hometown Tax Credit.
    Democratic State Representative Jody Richards asked Conway for an advisory opinion on whether allowing slot machines at Kentucky horse racing tracks would require an amendment to the state constitution in May 2009.
    More Details Hide Details Conway's immediate predecessor, Greg Stumbo, had issued a 2005 opinion stating that slots would be allowed under a 1992 amendment that permitted the creation of the Kentucky Lottery; that contradicted an earlier opinion issued by Stumbo's predecessor, Ben Chandler. Before issuing the opinion, Conway asked for and received assurance from the Executive Branch Ethics Commission that his father's ownership of racehorses and service on the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission did not present a conflict of interest. On June 15, 2009, just hours before the General Assembly convened in a special session called by Governor Beshear to consider – among other issues – enabling legislation for video lottery terminals at state race tracks, Conway issued his opinion that a constitutional amendment would not be required to allow such devices. The enabling legislation passed the House but was voted down in the Senate budget committee during the special session.
    When the February 1, 2009, deadline for accepting the proposal passed, Conway filed suit in the U.S. District Court for Eastern Kentucky against the city of Portsmouth, the former mayor of Portsmouth, and two men who led the expedition to extract the rock.
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    In January 2009, Conway's office announced that seven stations in southern Kentucky – including five operated by Pilot Travel Centers and two operated by T-Mart – had agreed to a settlement in which they would pay a combined $107,500 in fines but admit to no wrongdoing.
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  • 2008
    Age 38
    Kentucky claimed ownership of the rock, and in November 2008, Conway called for the rock's return to Kentucky, a public apology from those who extracted the rock, and for the city of Portsmouth to pay to build a display for the rock on the Kentucky side of the river and cover the attorney's fees incurred by the state of Kentucky to that point in the dispute; in exchange, Conway would not file a federal lawsuit over the matter.
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    Following a sudden spike that sent gas prices above $4 per gallon in July 2008, Conway launched a price gouging investigation of several stations in Louisville.
    More Details Hide Details As prices continued to rise in anticipation of the landfall of Hurricane Ike in September, Governor Beshear signed an executive order declaring a state of emergency; Conway requested the order in order to trigger consumer protection provisions in the Kentucky Revised Statutes. After Ike triggered strong winds and storm damage in Kentucky, Conway's office issued a notice that the consumer protections also extended to construction contractors and individuals selling electrical generators to residents without power.
    In June 2008, Conway announced a reorganization of his office in response to the budget cuts enacted by the General Assembly.
    More Details Hide Details Responsibility for child support enforcement was transferred to the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, and the Kentucky Bureau of Investigation was restructured and renamed the Department of Criminal Investigations (DCI). In September, Microsoft chose the Kentucky Attorney General's office as one of nine agencies nationwide to host its cybercrimes training seminars for law enforcement officers. Delivering on a campaign promise, the restructuring included the creation of a cybercrimes unit within the DCI. Conway created a forensics laboratory to prosecute Internet crimes and train prosecutors and police officers.
    The 2008 General Assembly also cut the budgets of county and commonwealth's attorneys, although Conway maintained that he lobbied to reduce or eliminate the cuts.
    More Details Hide Details Conway's office sustained a twelve percent cut in the final budget.
    In April 2008, Governor Steve Beshear requested a non-binding legal opinion from Conway regarding the hiring of Brad Cowgill as president of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education.
    More Details Hide Details Beshear maintained that the Council had not conducted a national search, as required by law, before hiring Cowgill, who had been serving as interim president after being appointed by Beshear's predecessor, Ernie Fletcher. Conway's opinion sustained Beshear's argument, and Cowgill resigned days later amid speculation that Beshear would seek a binding court judgment ordering a new search, ask for the resignations of all the members of the Council, or use his executive authority to reorganize the Council if Cowgill remained president.
    The 2008 legislative session of the Kentucky General Assembly convened the day after Conway's installation as attorney general.
    More Details Hide Details Throughout the session, Conway advocated passage of a bill designed to protect minors from online predators by restricting registered sex offenders' access to social networking sites and criminalizing cyberbullying, but the bill failed to come to a vote in the state Senate after passing in the state House of Representatives. The bill, which The Hazard Herald reported was written by Conway – was reintroduced by Representative Johnny Bell in the 2009 General Assembly, passing both chambers and being signed into law by Beshear in late March 2009.
    Conway was sworn into office on January 9, 2008, at the Capital Rotunda.
    More Details Hide Details The oath of office was administered by former Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Martin Johnson.
  • 2007
    Age 37
    Conway won the general election on November 6, 2007, with 611,925 votes (60.5%) to Lee's 394,953 (39.5%).
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    On January 30, 2007, Conway officially announced his candidacy for state attorney general at a rally at the Capitol Rotunda.
    More Details Hide Details His opponent in the Democratic primary was former Assistant Attorney General Robert Bullock. Conway stated that, as attorney general, he would prioritize a crackdown on drug and computer crimes and secure additional resources for local prosecutors such as county and commonwealth's attorneys. Bullock's campaign called Conway an "inexperienced candidate – one who embraces style over substance". Conway's campaign raised over $320,000, more than the five other attorney general candidates – Republican and Democrat – combined. The paper's editorial board endorsed Conway, although it opined, "Democrats can't go wrong Tuesday when they pick a nominee for attorney general." Conway received the endorsements of several labor organizations, including the AFL-CIO, the United Auto Workers, and the International Union of Electronic, Electrical, Salaried, Machine and Furniture Workers. Conway criticized Bullock for accepting the endorsement of the politically conservative Freedom's Heritage Forum, which issued the endorsement, in part because of Bullock's opposition to state universities' extension of domestic partnership benefits to its employees. Conway secured the Democratic nomination, winning the primary with 71.8 percent of the vote.
    In late January 2007, after Bruce Lunsford named sitting Attorney General Greg Stumbo as his running mate in the gubernatorial contest, Conway said it was "highly likely" that he would seek that office in lieu of a gubernatorial bid.
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    After State Auditor Crit Luallen and Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson declined to seek the 2007 Democratic nomination for governor, Conway told the Lexington Herald-Leader that he would "step up and look at the race", although he conceded he would need to move quickly to raise enough money to run a competitive campaign.
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  • 2006
    Age 36
    In November 2006, Conway announced that former Governor Brereton Jones had asked Conway to consider being his running mate if Jones sought the nomination; Conway said he would consider Jones' proposal while continuing to explore his own gubernatorial bid.
    More Details Hide Details When Congressman Ben Chandler, the Democratic gubernatorial nominee in 2003, announced in late November that he would not seek the nomination, Conway said he was seeking a running mate and lining up support for a gubernatorial campaign, estimating that he would need to raise a minimum of $2.5 million to be competitive. In early December, Democratic leaders believed that Jones and Conway would run as a ticket for governor and lieutenant governor, but the deal fell apart days later when Jones announced he would not seek the office. A week later, State Treasurer Jonathan Miller, who had also discussed forming a ticket with Conway, announced he would seek the gubernatorial nomination with Jefferson County Attorney Irv Maze as his running mate instead of Conway.
    On May 20, 2006, Conway married Elizabeth Davenport; the couple has two children.
    More Details Hide Details Conway and his father are partners in thoroughbred racehorse Stately Victor, named after Jack's childhood best friend, whose forename was Victor, who died at age 23. On April 11, 2010 the colt won the Grade I Blue Grass Stakes and later ran in the Kentucky Derby.
  • 2004
    Age 34
    In September 2004, Conway was named chairman of John Kerry's presidential campaign in Kentucky.
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    Following the loss to Northup, Conway joined his father's legal practice. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee tried to convince Conway to run again for the same seat in 2004, but he declined, saying another loss could damage his nascent political career.
    More Details Hide Details He was also nominated as chairman of the state Democratic party, but withdrew his name from consideration, saying the position would take too much time from his law practice.
  • 2002
    Age 32
    In May 2002, Conway resigned from the board, citing his election campaign.
    More Details Hide Details The race also affected the General Assembly's ability to pass a reapportionment bill in 2002. The state Senate's Republican majority proposed adding Republican-leaning Oldham County to the 3rd district, while the Democrat-controlled state House resisted the plan, resulting in an impasse for much of the legislative session. Ultimately, the Assembly passed a plan that kept the 3rd district entirely within Jefferson County, adding several politically conservative suburbs of Louisville instead of Oldham County. Even with the addition of these areas, however, Democrats held a voter registration advantage of nearly two-to-one in the district. Both Conway and Northup expressed support for the approved district boundaries. Despite an extended filing deadline, neither candidate faced a challenge in their respective party primaries. Conway portrayed Northup as an ineffective legislator who would not protect Social Security and healthcare benefits. Northup countered that, at 33 years old, Conway lacked experience, and said not being married had deprived him of "a responsibility to somebody else". She attacked Conway for his ties to Governor Patton, who had become embroiled in a sex-for-favors scandal. Northup's campaign raised and spent almost twice as much money as Conway's – aided by fundraisers featuring President George W. Bush (twice) and Vice President Dick Cheney – allowing her to run more television ads on the district's four network television stations. Conway countered with a rally at the headquarters of the local chapter of the United Auto Workers – who gave him their endorsement – featuring then-Democratic House Minority Leader Dick Gephardt.
  • 2001
    Age 31
    After leaving state government, Conway joined the law firm of Conliffe Sandman Sullivan. On June 18, 2001, he officially announced his candidacy for Northup's seat.
    More Details Hide Details Later that week, Patton named Conway chair of the newly formed Kentucky State Energy Policy Advisory Board. The move angered state Republicans; state party chair Ellen Williams said that Conway's appointment "injected hard-core partisan politics" into the issue of the state's energy future.
    Conway announced his resignation from Patton's cabinet in May 2001 amid speculation that he would seek the 3rd district congressional seat of incumbent Anne Northup.
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  • 2000
    Age 30
    Conway was responsible for drafting Patton's 2000 legislative package to the General Assembly.
    More Details Hide Details He also co-chaired task forces charged with investigating changes to the state's regulation of electrical utilities and the exposure of workers at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant to radioactive plutonium.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1999
    Age 29
    On August 3, 1999, Patton appointed Conway deputy secretary of his executive cabinet, serving under secretary Crit Luallen.
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  • 1998
    Age 28
    He believed Northup's vote to impeach President Bill Clinton in 1998 made her vulnerable in the Democratic-leaning district.
    More Details Hide Details Washington, D.C.-based Roll Call listed Northup among the ten most vulnerable incumbents entering the 2002 elections.
  • 1997
    Age 27
    Conway was the primary architect of the Kentucky Higher Education Reform Act of 1997, one of Patton's signature legislative accomplishments.
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  • 1995
    Age 25
    Conway joined Paul E. Patton's gubernatorial campaign in September 1995.
    More Details Hide Details After being elected, Patton employed Conway as legal counsel to his executive cabinet and his chief energy advisor.
    He graduated with a Juris Doctor from George Washington University Law School in 1995.
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  • 1991
    Age 21
    From 1991-97, he worked as legislative aide to the U.S. House Banking Committee.
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    Conway was born in Louisville, Kentucky and raised in a Roman Catholic family, the eldest of four siblings. His parents are Tom, a Louisville lawyer, and Barbara Conway. A graduate of St. Xavier High School, Conway earned a bachelor's degree in public policy studies from Duke University in 1991.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1969
    Born
    Born on July 5, 1969.
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