Alison Lundergan Grimes has been working to improve the lives of fellow Kentuckians all her life.
Alison Lundergan Grimes took Kentucky and the nation by storm when, at 35 years old, she ran for the United States Senate against Mitch McConnell. She made her campaign about standing up for women’s rights, veterans’ rights, workers’ rights, and human rights. Despite over $70 million spent against her, Alison kept the race neck-and-neck to the very end in one of the most conservative states in the nation. Recently re-elected to her second term as Kentucky’s Secretary of State, Alison is the youngest female secretary of state in the nation and the only remaining statewide elected female Democrat in the South. Alison is continuing to champion the ideal that’s at her core: every person deserves a fair shake and an equal chance.
Growing up in Central Kentucky, she learned the value of public service at an early age by volunteering with her family every year to distribute Thanksgiving dinners to the homeless.
Before beginning her career in public service, Alison provided free legal help to victims of domestic violence. As a successful business attorney, Alison helped businesses open and expand, allowing them to create jobs and foster economic growth. Alison has always worked to increase opportunities for every Kentuckian.
Hailed as a “Southern steel magnolia,” Alison has never backed away from a challenge because of her deep conviction for standing up for what is right. Her lifelong passion is to give a voice to the voiceless. Alison learned the value of public service at an early age by helping to take people to the polls on election day and by volunteering with her family, including distributing Thanksgiving dinners to the homeless.
As Secretary of State, Alison has helped modernize and streamline government services to make sure Kentucky’s doors are truly open for small businesses. Her efforts, which include a nationally-recognized one-stop business portal, are helping businesses spend less time interacting with government and more time creating jobs and giving back to their communities. More than 150,000 new businesses have been started under Alison’s administration.
Alison has worked tirelessly to break down barriers to the ballot box. She implemented online voter registration for every Kentuckian and has ushered in historic new laws that protect the voting rights of victims of domestic violence and absentee voters. Her efforts have maintained the integrity of elections and saved counties thousands of dollars. She has been a steadfast advocate for the restoration of voting rights for Kentucky’s non-violent felons who have served their sentences and paid their debts to society. Notably, Alison’s recommendations for improving the state’s military voting procedures were signed into law as Kentucky’s first-ever Military Heroes Voting Initiative, ensuring that military members can receive their ballots electronically and have a sufficient time to vote.
Alison received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, where she served as a trustee to the Board of Directors. Alison obtained her law degree, graduating with honors, from American University, Washington College of Law, in Washington, DC. Alison lives with her husband, Andrew, in Lexington.