Growing up in a small, rural town, Matt was the second of six children and was raised to appreciate the importance of strong values and hard work. After high school, Matt attended Washington and Lee University in Virginia with a four-year ROTC scholarship. He also worked 20-25 hours each week in the dining hall and working security at campus events to earn extra money.
Ralph Alvarado made history when he became the first Hispanic member ever elected to the Kentucky General Assembly on November 4, 2014. As the son of legal immigrants, he witnessed firsthand his parents’ sacrifice to provide their family a better life. That heritage, along with the outstanding work ethic, patriotism and determination he saw modeled by his parents have helped shape the man, husband, father, physician and public servant that Ralph Alvarado has become.
Ryan Quarles was elected Kentucky’s Commissioner of Agriculture in 2015. Under his leadership, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) has started several new programs, including initiatives to combat hunger and connect Kentucky farmers to new markets. Ryan Quarles has also supported the expansion of Kentucky’s diverse agricultural portfolio to include industrial hemp, kenaf, and hops. This has led to the historic rise of Kentucky’s Industrial Hemp Program.
As our 38th State Treasurer of the Commonwealth, Allison had the singular distinction of being our nation's youngest woman to serve in a statewide position. If that wasn’t enough, Allison is also the first Kentucky Constitutional Officer to give birth while in office.
Mike was first elected Auditor of Public Accounts in 2015. He had previously served 13 years as state representative for the people of Boyle and Casey County, and formerly Washington County, in District 54.
Daniel grew up in Hardin County, Kentucky. He graduated from John Hardin High School in 2004. He attended undergrad at the University of Louisville. While there, he was a member of the football team and a McConnell Scholar.
Michael grew up in McCracken County and attended public schools. His dad worked for the railroad and belonged to the IBEW union, and his mom worked for a dentist. They were Democrats, like pretty much everyone else Michael knew, but he was inspired by Ronald Reagan, Jack Kemp and other Republican leaders. Michael volunteered at age 16 for Bush/Quayle ’92, discovered he had a knack for politics, and before long was taking strategic roles in local Republican campaigns.
Dr. Kimberly Banta is a life-long educator. As State Representative, Kim will go to Frankfort not to play political games but to focus on working in a bi-partisan way to push good ideas, regardless of who comes up with them.