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Daniel Mongiardo

Mongiardo at duPont Manual High School in Louisville, Kentucky on November 12, 2009.

Assumed office 
December 11, 2007[1]
Governor Steve Beshear
Preceded by Steve Pence

Member of the Kentucky Senate
In office
Preceded by Glenn Freeman
Succeeded by Brandon D. Smith[2]

Born July 4, 1959 (1959-07-04) (age 50)
Hazard, Kentucky
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Allison Patrick
Residence Hazard, Kentucky
Alma mater Transylvania University (B.A., 1982), University of Kentucky (M.D., 1986)
Occupation physician
Religion Roman Catholic
Website Lieutenant Governor Daniel Mongiardo

Frank Daniel Mongiardo[3] (born July 4, 1960) is an American physician and politician from Kentucky. Mongiardo is a Democrat and serves as Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky since 2007. He was a member of the Kentucky State Senate from 2001 to 2007 and a candidate in the 2004 U.S. Senate election for Kentucky, narrowly losing to Jim Bunning. In 2009, he announced his intention to run again for the U.S. Senate.


Personal life and career

Mongiardo was born to Italian immigrants in Hazard, Kentucky.[4] His father Jimmy owns a whiskey store and coin laundry and his mother Katherine died in 1988 of colon cancer.[5] Mongiardo attended Transylvania University and received his medical degree at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine in 1986.[3] From 1986 to 2000, Mongiardo worked as an ear, nose and throat surgeon, performing his residency in Lexington.[5][6] Mongiardo helped open a free health clinic and became chief of staff at the Hazard Appalachian Hospital.[5] He entered politics in 2000 and was elected to the state senate, after defeating incumbent Glenn Freeman in an expensive and bitter Democratic primary with 49.1 percent of the vote and the general election with 70 percent of the vote.[5][7][8][9]

Mongiardo was reelected to a redrawn district in 2002 that covers Bell, Harlan, Leslie and Perry counties with 65.6 percent of the vote.[6][10][11] In this campaign Mongiardo argued his opponent Johnnie L. Turner had used images of Mohamed Atta in a television advertisement to compare Atta to him.[12] In the Kentucky Senate Mongiardo worked to bring water projects to his district, pressed for legislation to establish an electronic medical network, and voted against a constitutional amendment that would allow the legislature to limit the payment of punitive damages in medical malpractice cases.[5] Mongiardo continued his private practice and married Allison Patrick in Covington, Kentucky in 2008.[13][14] Their first child, Katherine, was born on December 22, 2009.[15]

2004 U.S. Senate race

Mongiardo ran in the 2004 U.S. Senate election to unseat incumbent first-term Senator Jim Bunning, a former Major League Baseball player. He won the primary election with 64.9 percent of the vote and made health care his top campaign priority.[6][16] Although early polls showed Mongiardo at a significant disadvantage against Bunning, who had more name recognition and campaign funds,[17] Mongiardo made large gains over several missteps by Bunning and other Kentucky Republicans,[6] which included Bunning's admittance to not having read newspapers articles on the Iraq war and claims against Mongiardo regarding violence of his staff against Bunning's wife,[6] Mongiardo's sexual preference[18] and his physical likeness to Saddam Hussein's sons, for which Bunning later apologized.[6] Mongiardo responded with statements about his co-sponsorship of a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage in Kentucky and his intent to vote in favor of a Federal Marriage Amendment, and argued Bunning was removed from the interests of families.[17][18] Mongiardo gained support from national Democratic organizations, but lost the bitterly contested election with 49.3 percent to 50.7 percent.[17][19]

Lieutenant Governor

Lt. Gov. Mongiardo greets media while campaigning for Democratic candidates in September 2008.

Former Kentucky Lieutenant Governor Steve Beshear chose Mongiardo as his running mate for the 2007 gubernatorial election in Kentucky; they won the Democratic primary election on May 22, 2007 with 41 percent of the vote against several tickets, including Bruce Lunsford and Greg Stumbo, and Steve Henry and Renee True,[20] and with enough votes to avoid a June runoff.[21] Beshear-Mongiardo were elected over incumbent Republican Governor Ernie Fletcher on November 6, 2007, winning with 58.7 percent of the state vote.[22] Mongiardo did not risk losing his seat in the state senate because Kentucky holds its constitutional officer elections in odd years.

In September 2008, Mongiardo claimed that some rural voters would not support Barack Obama because of unfamiliarity with Obama, ignorance or race.[23] Mongiardo had endorsed Obama, who had supported him in the 2004 U.S. Senate election.[24] Republican Kentucky State Senate President David L. Williams demanded Mongiardo apologize.[25] Mongiardo argued that if Williams suggested racism was not an issue, he was "out of touch."[25]

2010 U.S. Senate race

In January 2009, Mongiardo announced that he would be running for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by incumbent Jim Bunning.[26] Mongiardo called for Bunning to withdraw from reelection, questioning his ability to represent the state because of controversial statements made about the health of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Bunning's reportedly strained relationship with other Republican senators.[27] Bunning later announced that he would not run in 2010.[28]

Under a bill changing the selection process of candidates for Lieutenant Governor, which was proposed to the Kentucky House of Representatives, Mongiardo could seek reelection as Lieutenant Governor should he not be elected to the U.S. Senate in 2010.[29] Gov. Steve Beshear, however, has privately indicated his desire to assemble his 2011 reelection team prior to the conclusion of the 2010 election cycle. [30] Beshear has since named Louisville mayor Jerry Abramson to the ticket.


  1. ^ "Beshear Sworn In As Governor In Private Midnight Ceremony". Associated Press (WYMT-TV). 2007-12-11. http://www.wkyt.com/wymtnews/headlines/12333056.html. Retrieved 2009-01-26. 
  2. ^ "2008 Special Election Results". Kentucky State Board of Elections. 2008-03-21. http://elect.ky.gov/results/2008+Special.htm. Retrieved 2009-03-06. 
  3. ^ a b "Lieutenant Governor Frank Daniel Mongiardo - Biography". Project Vote Smart. http://votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=35240. Retrieved 2009-01-24. 
  4. ^ Hensley, Steve (2008-05-01). "Interview With Lt. Governor Daniel Mongiardo's Father, Jimmy Mongiardo". WYMT-TV. http://www.wkyt.com/wymtnews/headlines/18450444.html. Retrieved 2009-01-27. 
  5. ^ a b c d e Loftus, Tom (2004-10-18). "Failings of health care have spurred Mongiardo". The Courier-Journal. http://orig.courier-journal.com/localnews/2004/10/18ky/A04-mongiardo1018-6902.html. Retrieved 2009-03-19. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f "Bunning almost watches lead disappear". CNN. 2004-11-04. http://edition.cnn.com/2004/ALLPOLITICS/11/02/kentucky.senate/index.html. Retrieved 2009-01-27. 
  7. ^ Chellgren, Mark R. (2000-05-19). "Kentucky primary a snoozer in these parts". Associated Press (The Cincinnati Enquirer). http://www.enquirer.com/editions/2000/05/19/loc_kentucky_primary.html. Retrieved 2009-03-19. 
  8. ^ "Report of "official" election night tally results". Kentucky State Board of Elections. 2000-06-22. http://elect.ky.gov/NR/rdonlyres/C813EF1B-FD50-4654-AD6F-2F2BA3F52CF7/0/state.txt. Retrieved 2009-03-06. 
  9. ^ "Report of "official" election night tally results". Kentucky State Board of Elections. 2000-11-27. http://elect.ky.gov/NR/rdonlyres/7C0ED7B4-5B76-4F6C-BC0C-D135D713F1BD/0/2000state.txt. Retrieved 2009-03-06. 
  10. ^ "Senator Brandon Smith". Kentucky General Assembly. http://www.lrc.ky.gov/legislator/S030.htm. Retrieved 2009-03-06. 
  11. ^ "Report of "official" election night tally results". Kentucky State Board of Elections. 2002-12-04. http://elect.ky.gov/NR/rdonlyres/923B8096-2858-46DC-B908-5EAE046D079E/0/2002state.txt. Retrieved 2009-03-06. 
  12. ^ "Mongiardo Campaign Not Satisfied With Bunning Apology". Associated Press (WAVE (TV)). 2004-04-02. http://www.wave3.com/Global/story.asp?s=1757828. Retrieved 2009-03-07. 
  13. ^ Glasser, Paul (2007-11-08). "Beshear vows no bloodbath". The State Journal. http://www.state-journal.com/news/article/2825852. Retrieved 2009-01-30. 
  14. ^ "Lieutenant Governor Daniel Mongiardo Weds Fiancée Allie Patrick". WYMT-TV. 2009-06-21. http://www.wkyt.com/wymtnews/headlines/20631364.html. Retrieved 2009-01-27. 
  15. ^ {{http://ltgovernor.ky.gov/pressrelease.htm?PostingGUID={4B7C0BEC-0969-4E62-B167-4675BA3F32B0}}}
  16. ^ "Report of "official" election night tally results". Kentucky State Board of Elections. 2004-06-09. http://elect.ky.gov/NR/rdonlyres/F7DDBBD2-B8DE-49F1-89F4-96C33CB072C3/0/STATE.txt. Retrieved 2009-03-06. 
  17. ^ a b c "Bunning wins Senate race after close, bitter race". Associated Press (USA Today). 2004-11-02. http://www.usatoday.com/news/politicselections/vote2004/2004-11-02-ky-ussenate_x.htm. Retrieved 2009-01-27. 
  18. ^ a b Kaplan, Dina (2004-10-28). "Mongiardo Responds To 'Limp Wrist' Comment". WAVE (TV). http://www.wave3.com/global/story.asp?S=2496073. Retrieved 2009-03-06. 
  19. ^ "Report of "official" election night tally results". Kentucky State Board of Elections. 2004-11-24. http://elect.ky.gov/NR/rdonlyres/3A2A50FF-35A2-44ED-BCFD-EFA7028E14EC/0/2004state.txt. Retrieved 2009-01-27. 
  20. ^ "Report of "official" election night tally results". Kentucky State Board of Elections. 2007-06-13. http://elect.ky.gov/NR/rdonlyres/06813C49-6909-445E-ACF4-AD0CCAE0E98F/134895/STATE.txt. Retrieved 2009-01-31. 
  21. ^ Wheaton, Sarah (2007-05-23). "That Other Kentucky Horserace". The New York Times. http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/05/22/that-other-kentucky-horserace/. Retrieved 2009-03-19. 
  22. ^ "Report of "official" election night tally results". Kentucky State Board of Elections. 2007-11-27. http://elect.ky.gov/NR/rdonlyres/98D95280-38EE-45D7-837C-E1691D40A64A/134907/STATE1.txt. Retrieved 2009-01-31. 
  23. ^ Alessi, Ryan (2008-09-29). "Obama leads in Ky. donations". Lexington Herald-Leader. http://www.kentucky.com/181/story/539279.html. Retrieved 2009-03-06. 
  24. ^ Pollard, Trey (2008-08-28). "Mongiardo says early Obama endorsement got him 'huge amount' of flack". PolitickerKY.com. http://www.politicker.com/kentucky/6776/mongiardo-says-early-obama-endorsement-got-him-%E2%80%98huge-amount%E2%80%99-flack. Retrieved 2009-03-06. 
  25. ^ a b Burcham, Kimberly (2008-10-01). "Kentucky Senate President Demands Apology". WHAS-TV. http://www.wkyt.com/wymtnews/headlines/30029064.html. Retrieved 2009-01-27. 
  26. ^ "Mongiardo Enters U.S. Senate Race in Kentucky". Associated Press (WSAZ-TV). 2009-01-26. http://www.wsaz.com/news/headlines/38321829.html. Retrieved 2009-01-31. 
  27. ^ Alford, Roger (2009-02-25). "Mongiardo: Bunning should not run for re-election". Associated Press (USA Today). http://content.usatoday.net/dist/custom/gci/InsidePage.aspx?cId=cincinnati&sParam=30238739.story. Retrieved 2009-02-26. 
  28. ^ Pershing, Ben; Cillizza, Chris (2009-07-28). "Bunning Will Not Seek Third Term". The Washington Post. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/07/27/AR2009072703026.html?hpid=politics. Retrieved 2009-08-14. 
  29. ^ Gerth, Joseph (2009-03-03). "Bill would change running mate deadline". The Courier-Journal. http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20090303/NEWS0101/90303022/. Retrieved 2009-03-06. 
  30. ^ "Comment on Kentucky". KET. 2009-06-05. http://www.ket.org/cgi-bin/fw_comment.exe/db/ket/dmps/Programs?id=COMM3531. 

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Preceded by
Steve Pence
Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky
Kentucky Senate
Preceded by
Glenn Freeman
Kentucky State Senator
2001 – 2007
Succeeded by
Brandon D. Smith
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Democratic nominee for United States Senator from Kentucky (Class 3)
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