|Address||2339 Saratoga Drive |
Louisville, Kentucky 40205, United States
|| July 05, 1969
May 20, 2015 05:43pm
Caucasian - Moderate-to-Liberal - Anti-Social Security Privatization - Pro- gun - Pro-Choice - Pro-Labor - Married - Catholic - Straight -
|Info||Commitment. To Family. To Education. To Public Service. They’re not simply words on a page to Jack Conway. They’re the words a family has lived by for generations. They represent the commitment Jack Conway will bring as congressman for the 3rd District. |
A commitment to family...
Jack Conway was born and raised in Louisville. Today, he calls the Highlands Belknap neighborhood his home. A member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Conway was educated in Louisville’s Catholic school system and graduated as the outstanding senior at St. Xavier High School, where he was a National Merit finalist and lettered in basketball and golf.
His father, Tom, was born on a family farm in Western Kentucky’s Union County. After serving in the Army during the Berlin Crisis of the 1960s, Tom Conway moved to Louisville, where he taught and coached football at Fairdale High School. He worked his way through law school at the University of Louisville, taking night classes.
Jack’s mother, Barbara, grew up on Louisville’s South End, the daughter of a union blacksmith. Jack is the oldest of four children. Kelli, Matthew and Megan all live in Louisville as well.
A commitment to excellence...
Jack holds an undergraduate degree in public policy studies from Duke University. While in college, he studied abroad at Cambridge University in England. Jack then graduated with honors from the National Law Center at George Washington University. While in Washington, D.C., he worked in the U.S. Attorney’s office on criminal justice issues and for the House Banking Committee.
Jack came back home to Kentucky in 1995 to join Paul Patton’s successful campaign for governor.
A commitment to public service...
Prior to his candidacy for Congress, Jack served as Deputy Secretary of the Governor’s Executive Cabinet and Legal Counsel in the office of Gov. Paul Patton.
During his six-year tenure in the governor’s office, Jack worked closely with Gov. Patton on some of his most significant legislative and public policy accomplishments – from education to criminal justice reform to energy.
Jack worked closely with Gov. Patton on education reform. He was the primary legislative drafter of the Kentucky Postsecondary Education Improvement Act of 1997 – a sweeping set of reforms that has won national acclaim for putting Kentucky’s institutions of higher learning on a path to national prominence.
Jack also worked closely with the leadership in the Kentucky House of Representatives to craft school safety legislation in 1998, and he was one of the governor’s chief advisers on criminal justice reform, and helped author the 1998 legislation that made violent offenders serve at least 85 percent of their sentences.
Most recently, Jack helped develop and draft legislation to improve water quality for the 200,000 Kentuckians who are still without a safe drinking water source. The framework of the legislation helped spur an investment of $157 million in water development during the 2000 session of the Kentucky General Assembly. He also helped craft legislation addressing the blight of Kentucky’s 3500 open dumps and other environmental concerns. At the same time, he served as Gov. Patton’s chief adviser on energy issues, leading a comprehensive review of the state’s role in maintaining low-cost electric power while preserving the environment. Additionally, he worked on a bipartisan plan with federal representatives to help secure over a hundred million dollars in additional cleanup funds for contamination at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant.
During his time in Frankfort, Jack also played an important administrative role. He served as deputy chief operating officer for Kentucky State Government – a job in which he helped coordinate the activities of the 14 executive branch cabinets and provided policy direction to the state agencies that employ more than 33,000 people full time with a $12 billion budget.
Today, Jack continues his commitment to public service, serving on the board of the Louisville Library Foundation. He was also formerly involved with the boards of the Muhammad Ali Center and the African-American Heritage Museum.