About Jack Conway
About Jack Conway
Voters have twice elected Jack Conway to serve as the 49th Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and Jack has consistently earned their trust by keeping his promises and fighting to make Kentucky a safer place to live, work and raise a family.
General Conway has focused on issues that are important to Kentucky families. He has worked with leaders from across the state and across the aisle, as well as law enforcement officials at the local, state and federal level to keep illegal drugs out of our communities and protect Kentucky consumers. In January, General Conway announced that $32 million he secured in settlements with two pharmaceutical companies would be used to expand drug treatment in Kentucky. The settlement funds will help create a new treatment center for adults in the Ashland area, provide treatment scholarships, provide drug-free housing for recovering addicts and expand treatment facilities for juveniles.
In 2012, he worked with leadership in the Kentucky House and Senate to craft House Bill 1, a law that has closed half of the state's rogue pain clinics and drastically reduced the number of painkillers prescribed in the state.
Early in his tenure, General Conway created Kentucky's first statewide prescription drug task force, which coordinates efforts with federal, state, and local law enforcement officers to keep prescription pills out of the hands of our children and out of our communities. The task force participated in the largest drug bust in Kentucky history. General Conway has talked to more than 40,000 students, teachers and parents in schools across Kentucky about the dangers of abusing prescription pills. His efforts are supported by parents who've lost their children to prescription drug overdoses, and they travel with him across the commonwealth.
As Attorney General, Jack Conway has followed through on his commitment to vigorously prosecute child predators and crack down on Internet crimes. Since creating the Cybercrimes Unit in 2008 and leading the passage of House Bill 315 – which updated Kentucky's laws to fight Internet crime – the Office of Attorney General (OAG) has seized more than 420,000 child pornographic images off the Internet. With a 100 percent conviction rate, the Cybercrimes Unit also processes digital evidence found on cell phones and computers – reducing the turnaround time for investigators and prosecutors in rural parts of Kentucky.
General Conway is committed to protecting consumers. He secured $64 million in relief for Kentucky consumers who'd been wrongfully foreclosed on by the nation's five largest banks as part of an historic national mortgage settlement.
Even facing nearly 40 percent budget cuts since taking office in January 2008, Jack has recovered $260 million for the Kentucky Medicaid Program – an increase of 600% - and intervened to halt more than $1 billion in proposed utility rate increases on Kentucky families. Jack has fined oil companies that gouged taxpayers at the pump, he's taken on big banks that falsified foreclosure paperwork and he's fought for thousands of Kentucky consumers who were scammed by disreputable businesses or con artists. And he's fought for Kentucky students by filing suit against four proprietary colleges in Kentucky for allegedly misleading applicants about job-placement rates.
Jack Conway's service to Kentucky began when he spent six years in senior-level cabinet positions in Kentucky Governor Paul Patton's administration. He worked with lawmakers to craft comprehensive school-safety legislation and helped author legislation that imposed and enforced tougher sentences on violent offenders. He also wrote Kentucky's Higher Education Reform Act.
As a direct descendent of Kentucky's first European settler, Dr. Thomas Walker, whose cabin is memorialized in the Dr. Thomas Walker State Park in Barbourville, Ky., General Conway's roots in Kentucky run deep. His father Tom, was born on a family farm in Western Kentucky's Union County and put himself through law school at night at the University of Louisville, while teaching history during the day at Fairdale High School. Conway's mother Barbara is the daughter of a union blacksmith who grew up in Louisville's South End.
General Conway is a member of NAAG, DAGA, the Kentucky Bar Association and the Louisville Bar Association. He previously served on the boards of the Muhammad Ali Center and the African American Heritage Center.
He and his wife Elizabeth Davenport Conway are the proud parents of two daughters, Eva and Alex.
Kentucky State Representative Sannie Overly was elected in 2008 to serve the 72nd House district, which includes Bourbon, Bath, Nicholas and a section of Fayette County.
During her time in the Kentucky General Assembly, Rep. Overly has held multiple high-ranking positions, and has become a pioneer for Kentucky women in legislative leadership.
In January 2009 she was selected to serve as the first female Chair of the House Budget Review Subcommittee on Transportation. This committee allocates nearly $10 billion dollars in the six-year road plan for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Rep. Overly's experience in the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet continues to make her uniquely qualified to navigate complex transportation issues.
Following an impressive tenure leading the House Budget Review Subcommittee, in 2013 Rep. Overly was elected to be House Majority Caucus Chair, the first woman ever elected to House Leadership.
Rep. Overly has advocated on behalf of women and children throughout her legislative career. Thanks to her tireless fight during the 2013 Legislative Session, the Kentucky General Assembly passed House Bill 3, which will help stem the rising incidents of human-trafficking crimes against children. Her efforts in and out of the General Assembly earned her the 2014 Emerge Woman of Courage award.
In addition to her duties as a state representative, Rep. Overly practices law in Paris, Ky. She is past chair of the Bourbon Community Hospital board and is also past President of the local Bar Association. Rep. Overly is a member of the Paris-Bourbon County Chamber of Commerce, Bluegrass Conservancy, Bourbon County Homemakers, Bourbon County Alumni Association, University of Kentucky Alumni Association, Daughters of the American Revolution-Jemima Johnson Chapter, Historic Paris Bourbon County, Inc., and Friends of the Paris-Bourbon County Library. She also serves on the UK College of Engineering's Dean's Advisory Council.
Born in 1966, Rep. Overly grew up on her family's farm in Millersburg, Ky. She graduated from Bourbon County High School and attended the University of Kentucky (UK) where she earned a degree in civil engineering. After graduating from UK, she worked for the state Transportation Cabinet and attended law school at night to earn her J.D. cum laude at the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law.
Rep. Overly and her husband, Mike Kalinyak, reside in Paris with their two daughters.
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