Louisville, Kentucky , United States
|| 00, 1961
Aug 05, 2007 02:56pm
Caucasian - Moderate - Married - U.S. Marine Corps -
|Info||Duty & Honor |
Lt. Colonel Andrew Horne
Democrat - KY 3rd Congressional District
Whether leading his troops as a Marine officer into combat in Kuwait and Iraq, giving strength and support to his wife as she successfully fought breast cancer, or volunteering as a coach for his sons' soccer teams, Lt. Colonel Horne has defined himself by the values of duty and honor.
Horne was born to working, middle-class parents, who for 30 years owned and operated a series of small businesses in Louisville, including Horne Cleaners and Clubfit International, a golf equipment and supply store. Horne inherited his parents’ hard work ethic, taking neighborhood jobs as early as junior high school mowing grass and delivering the Courier-Journal and Louisville Times newspapers. While a student at Pleasure Ridge Park High School, he labored at an organic farm, shoveling “fertilizer” and picking produce for local restaurants – and of course pitched in at his family’s laundromats.
Just before high school graduation, Horne enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and, soon after commencement, headed to Parris Island, S.C. for boot camp. After completing this rigorous training, he returned home and was accepted in a Marine Corps' Platoon Leaders' Course. He also enrolled at the University of Louisville.
Horne worked as hard in college as he did at boot camp. He earned his tuition waiting restaurant tables and bagging groceries at Buehler’s Buy-Low Foods on Louisville’s Dixie Highway. He also served his time in the Marine Corp Reserve, contributing one weekend per month and two weeks during the summer.
University leaders recognized Horne’s potential back then; Horne was tapped to be a “Cardinal Man,” a student ambassador of the president at local sporting events. He also was accepted to Phi Kappa Tau fraternity, whose mission is to promote a lifelong commitment to brotherhood, learning, ethical leadership and exemplary character – and whose many notable alumni include both actor Paul Newman and Kentucky’s U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell.
In 1983, Horne became the first in his family to graduate from college. He was commissioned as a Marine Lieutenant and selected as an Infantry Officer. Horne served around the world as an Infantry Platoon Commander and Company Executive Officer, deployed to the far East, Northern Europe and the Mediterranean as part of the landing force for the U.S. Navy 6th fleet.
After honoring his six-year active duty commitment to the Marines, Horne re-joined the USMC Reserve and entered the Brandeis School of Law at U of L. During school, Horne was awarded a Leon Seidman Memorial Award for demonstrating honesty, integrity and a commitment to community service, and clerked for a prestigious local law firm. He also honed his interest in the environment as a member of the Environmental Moot Court team. To this day, protecting clean air and water are among his passions.
On Thanksgiving Day in 1990, during his second year of law school, the Marines recalled then-Capt. Horne to active duty for Operation Desert Storm. Horne put his legal education on hold and served in the Saudi Arabia/Kuwait theater of operations for the next eight months.
Following Desert Storm, Horne returned again to Louisville and to law school, where he met and married his wife, Stephanie. Horne graduated in 1993 and established a successful legal practice. Today, he and Stephanie are proud parents of two young boys: Ty, 10; and Nick, 8.
By 2003, now-Lt. Col. Horne was once again called by his nation – this time to serve in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Stationed in the western-most sector of Anbar Province, he helped maintain law and order and assisted local Iraqi civil authorities in preparing for new constitutional elections.
Just days before being activated to serve in Iraq, Horne received the devastating news that his wife had been diagnosed with breast cancer. Today, Stephanie has completed her cancer treatments and continues her successful recovery. Lt. Col. Horne continues practicing law and he and Stephanie are faithful members of the Christ Church United Methodist of Louisville, where he taught his children’s Sunday School classes.
Throughout his legal career, Horne has advanced in the military from his enlistment as a private to the rank of lieutenant colonel. Along the way, Horne was eventually promoted to company commander of the unit he first enlisted in! Though he was eligible to retire after 20 years of service, Horne continued to serve because the corps needed him. He will mark his 27th anniversary as a Marine in March 2006.