August 31, 2015

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Race for Governor: Steve Nunn

Steve was born on Election Day 1952. Dwight D. Eisenhower was elected president. You can say that Steve has been in politics since that day. When Steve was two years old, his father, Louie B. Nunn, was elected County Judge and later elected as our last Republican governor.

Steve graduated from Frankfort High School and Transylvania University. In 1974, Steve worked as a White House intern and was, in fact, in the White House East Room when President Nixon resigned.

He is in his seventh term as State Representative of the 23rd Legislative District. For the past 10 years, he has represented all of the people of Barren County, as well as part of Warren and Metcalfe counties. He serves on the Appropriations and Revenue Committee, Labor and Industry Committee, and is vice chair of the Health and Welfare Committee. He also serves on the Budget Review Subcommittee for Human Resources, Medicaid Taskforce, and the Subcommittee on Families and Children.

Steve is also the chairman of the Long-Term Policy and Research Committee Board, a state-wide issue and policy research agency, and president of the South Central Kentucky Cultural Center, a museum of the Barrens, which his mother, the late Beula Nunn, started several years ago.

An active and thoughtful legislator, Steve has sponsored important legislation successful in helping women and children in domestic violence, foster and adoption services, volunteer fire departments, workers’ compensation, persons with physical and mental disabilities, and new technologies related to improving health care.

Steve has received numerous awards and honors during his legislative tenure including multiple Taxpayers’ Best Friend Awards, Guardian of Small Business Award, Carl D. Perkins Award by the Association of Retarded Citizens, Legislative Champions Award by First Lady Judi Patton, Better Life Award by the Kentucky Association of Health Care Facilities, Leadership Award by the Kentucky Restaurant Association, and several awards related to domestic violence, sexual assault, victims advocacy, and Fraternal Order of Police. He also received the first Paul Mason Memorial Award given by the Public Health Association of Kentucky. He most recently received the Outstanding Legislator of the Year award given by the eight states comprising the Southern Health Association.

Perhaps Steve’s most distinguished recognition came from a survey by the Kentucky Center for Public Issues where fellow legislators, lobbyists, and journalists evaluated all legislators’ performance in legislative skill, conscientiousness, and credibility. Out of 138 legislators, Steve ranked seventh highest.

The proud father of three teen-age children, Steve is married to the sweet and wonderful Tracey Damron Nunn.

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640 South 4th Street Ste 201
Louisville, KY 40202

Phone: 502-584-NUNN
Fax: 502-584-VOTE