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Ben Chandler

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kentucky's 6th district
Assumed office 
February 17, 2004
Preceded by Ernie Fletcher

Born September 12, 1959 (1959-09-12) (age 50)
Versailles, Kentucky
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Jennifer Chandler
Residence Woodford County, Kentucky
Alma mater University of Kentucky
Occupation attorney
Religion Presbyterian

Albert Benjamin "Ben" Chandler III (born September 12, 1959) is an American politician from Kentucky. He is the member of the House of Representatives for Kentucky's 6th congressional district and was first elected in 2004.

Chandler was born in Versailles, Kentucky. He received a BA and a J.D. from the University of Kentucky at Lexington, Ky., and became a private practice lawyer.

Chandler was State Auditor from 1991 to 1995 before he became the Attorney General of Kentucky from 1995 until 2003, and was the Democratic candidate for governor in the election of 2003. He was defeated in that election by his Republican opponent, Congressman Ernie Fletcher. Fletcher resigned from Congress in order to become governor, and a special election was held for his seat in February 2004. Chandler became the Democratic candidate and won the election, defeating State Senator Alice Forgy Kerr 55-43%.

Chandler is a Blue Dog Democrat as well as a member of the House New Democrat Coalition. He is considered to be an up-and-coming leader in the Democratic Party, and his name had been rumored as a candidate for governor for the 2007 election and Senator in the 2008 election. Chandler, however, announced on November 30, 2006, that he would not seek the governorship in 2007, stating he could better serve the Commonwealth in Congress: "With rising seniority and a Democratic majority, I have the opportunity to do so much more for my constituents and for the people of Kentucky." [1] Chandler told "Kentucky Newsmakers" that he never held town hall meetings with his constituents. [2]

As a superdelegate in the 2008 United States presidential election, Chandler endorsed Barack Obama.[3] Chandler's 2008 Republican opponent in the race for Congress was attorney Jon Larson.

Ben Chandler's grandfather Albert Chandler, better known as Happy Chandler, served as Governor of Kentucky, Commissioner of Baseball, and as a U.S. Senator.


Committee assignments


Caucus memberships

  • Horse Caucus (Co-Chair)
  • Public Broadcasting Caucus (Co-Chair)


External links

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Ernie Fletcher
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kentucky's 6th congressional district

Succeeded by
Legal offices
Preceded by
Chris Gorman
Attorney General of Kentucky
Succeeded by
Greg Stumbo
Party political offices
Preceded by
Paul Patton
Democratic nominee for Governor of Kentucky
Succeeded by
Steve Beshear


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