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Gregory D. "Greg" Stumbo is the Speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives. Stumbo, a member of the Democratic Party, is a former Kentucky Attorney General from 2003 to 2007 and, prior to his election as attorney general, served in the Kentucky House of Representatives for twelve terms from 1980 to 2003. During this time Stumbo was Kentucky's longest-serving House Majority Leader (1985–2003). Stumbo returned to the House of Representatives not long after his Attorney General term ended. On January 6, 2009, he was endorsed by Democratic lawmakers to be the party's nominee for Speaker of the House.[1] He was sworn in as Speaker the next day, January 7.[2]

A native of Prestonsburg in Floyd County, Stumbo served as Assistant Floyd County Attorney and held the position of Martin city attorney for three years. He also served as trial commissioner to the Floyd County District Court for one year.

Stumbo's office led an investigation into the hiring practices of Kentucky Republican Governor Ernie Fletcher which resulted in indictments, but was dismissed by agreement with the prosecutors. On September 12, 2007, Stumbo sued Fletcher for appointing too many Republicans to the governing bodies of state universities. State law requires "proportional representation of the two leading political parties" based on voter registration. A majority of registered voters in Kentucky are Democrats, but Fletcher appointed seven Republicans and two Democrats to the University of Kentucky and eight Republicans and two Democrats to the University of Louisville.[3]

Stumbo was the running mate for Bruce Lunsford in the 2007 Democratic gubernatorial primary, but their ticket lost to that of Steve Beshear and Daniel Mongiardo, 40.9% to 20.4%.[2]

Stumbo formed an exploratory committee to run against Senator Mitch McConnell in 2008, but did not run for the office.

Greg Stumbo has also worked with Dateline NBC in their series "To Catch a Predator" in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The show exposes men who seek to molest minors. Greg Stumbo has also worked with the group Perverted-Justice twice without NBC in similar sting operations.[4]

In his free time, Stumbo is an outdoorsman, a golfer, and a chess player.

On February 24th, Greg Stumbo reportedly spoke in favor of cockfighting in Kentucky. The Lexington Herald Leader quoted Stumbo as saying, "A lot of people argue that it's a tradition in our country."



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Legal offices
Preceded by
Ben Chandler (D)
Attorney General of Kentucky
Succeeded by
Jack Conway
Political offices
Preceded by
Jody Richards
Speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives


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