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.
Jack has focused on issues that are important to Kentucky families. He has utilized the resources of the Attorney General’s office to combat the scourge of drug abuse, stop predators and crack down on cybercrime, and stand up to corporations to protect 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, Jack 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, he 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. Jack’s Keep Kentucky Kids Safe program has reached tens of thousands of students, teachers and parents, warning them of the dangers of drug abuse. 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 hundreds of thousands 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.
Jack 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 while facing nearly 41 percent budget cuts since taking office in January 2008, Jack has recovered $260 million for the Kentucky Medicaid Program – an increase of 600 percent – and intervened to halt almost $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 descendant of Kentucky’s first European settler, Dr. Thomas Walker, whose cabin is memorialized in the Dr. Thomas Walker State Park in Barbourville, Ky., Jack’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.
Jack is a member of National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG), Democratic Attorneys General Association (DAGA), the Kentucky Bar Association and the Louisville Bar Association. He served as the chair of DAGA, and held several leadership roles within NAAG including the co-chair of the Substance Abuse Committee, co-chair of the Consumer Protection committee, and Veterans Issues Committee co-chair, the chair of the For-Profit Colleges Working Group, and served as a member of the Executive Committee. He previously served on the boards of the Muhammad Ali Center and the African American Heritage Center and is an Aspen Institute Rodel Fellow.
He and his wife, Elizabeth Davenport Conway, are the proud parents of two daughters, Eva and Alex.