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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28 May 1953


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Fiction: The Amish Guide to the Apocalypse
NYTimes - 6 months
In “When the English Fall,” debut novelist David Williams asks how one Amish community can weather collapse in the face of global catastrophe.
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An Interview With Saxophonist Sherman Irby
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
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 ...
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Vanderbilt Fined $100,000 After Fans Storm Court
NYTimes - almost 2 years
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 2 years
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: ...
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"Think How You Are Adding Value": David Williams Interview
Yahoo News - almost 3 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 3 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 cre...
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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 3 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 3 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 4 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 wo...
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Horses For Courses: Wednesday gamble landed is anything but ‘Low Key’
Yorkshire Evening Post - about 4 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 c...
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Gold Handcuffed To Fed Decisions
The Street - about 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 ...
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Bacher says South Africa has produced more great allrounders than any other Test-playing nation – Cricket News Update
Bettor - over 4 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 4 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 4 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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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.
  • 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.
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    In September 2010, he announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for governor in the 2011 gubernatorial election.
  • 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.
    Williams decried this request as another attempt by Democrats to forestall the redistricting debate until after the 2002 elections.
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  • 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.
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    In 2001, Williams left his wife and filed for divorce, claiming the marriage was "irretrievably broken".
  • 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.
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    On January 5, 2000, Larry Saunders' promised resignation became official, and Williams was elected President of the Senate.
    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.
  • 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.
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    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.
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  • 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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    Despite the attempts to recruit an opponent, Williams was unopposed in his 1998 re-election bid.
    In February 1998, Williams was a major player in a power struggle among Senate Republicans.
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  • 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.
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  • 1996
    Age 42
    In 1996, Governor Paul E. Patton, a Democrat, named Williams to his Task Force on Postsecondary Education.
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  • 1994
    Age 40
    Williams was re-elected to his Senate seat without opposition in November 1994.
  • 1993
    Age 39
    He was defeated in the Republican primary in May 1993 by his childhood friend, Fred Capps.
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  • 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.
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    After his loss in November 1992, Williams declared his candidacy for Commonwealth's Attorney for the 29th district (Adair, Cumberland, Casey, and Monroe counties).
    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.
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    In 1992, Williams announced he would seek the Republican nomination to challenge incumbent Democratic Senator Wendell H. Ford.
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    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.
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  • 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.
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  • 1990
    Age 36
    After being re-elected in November 1990 without opposition, Williams challenged Rogers for the post of minority leader.
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    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.
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    The bill passed, and Williams was praised by the Lexington Herald-Leader as one of the best legislators of 1990.
    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.
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  • 1988
    Age 34
    Also in 1988, he became the chairman of the Cumberland County Republican Party.
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  • 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.
  • 1986
    Age 32
    After only one term in the House, Williams announced his candidacy for the state senate in 1986.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 1977
    Age 23
    Immediately after finishing law school in 1977, Williams challenged the incumbent county judge in Cumberland County.
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  • 1976
    Age 22
    In 1976, Williams married the former Elaine Grubbs.
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  • 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.
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  • 1953
    The only child of Lewis and Flossie Williams, David Williams was born in Burkesville in Cumberland County, Kentucky, on May 28, 1953.
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