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.
Ralph graduated from college, medical school and his University of Kentucky medical residency ahead of schedule. By the time he was 25, Ralph had become Dr. Ralph Alvarado, fully licensed physician. Known as one of the hardest working members of the Kentucky Senate, Ralph serves as the Chairman of the Senate Health & Welfare Committee, member of the Medicaid Oversight Advisory Committee, member of the Budget Review Subcommittee on Human resources, as well as a member of the Senate Transportation Committee and Senate State & Local Government Committee.
Ralph and his wife Dawn have been married 25 years and have two children. They are active in their community and dedicated members of Grace Baptist Church. Their faith is integral to their lives and influences all that they do professionally, as neighbors, as friends, and as Kentuckians who have given back so generously to their community and their state.