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Paul E. Patton
Paul E. Patton

Paul E. Patton (born May 26, 1937) served as Democratic governor of Kentucky from 1995 to 2003. He was succeeded by Ernie Fletcher. He is a Presbyterian, and lives in Pikeville, Kentucky. Governor of Kentucky Paul E. Patton source This work is copyrighted. ... Governor of Kentucky Paul E. Patton source This work is copyrighted. ... May 26 is the 146th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (147th in leap years). ... 1937 was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... The Democratic Party is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... This is a list of Governors of Kentucky: See also Kentucky Categories: Lists of United States governors | Governors of Kentucky ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2003 (MMIII) is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Ernest Lee Fletcher (born November 12, 1952) has served as governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky since 2003. ... Presbyterianism is part of the Reformed churches family of denominations of Christian Protestantism based on the teachings of John Calvin which traces its institutional roots to the Scottish Reformation, especially as led by John Knox. ... Pikeville is a city located in Pike County, Kentucky. ...


Patton was born in Fallsburg, Kentucky. In 1959, he received his B.S. in mechanical engineering at the University of Kentucky. He entered into politics after 20 years in the coal mining business. He started his political career as deputy secretary of transportation. 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A Bachelor of Science (B.S., B.Sc. ... The Ford Essex V6 engine Mechanical engineering is the application of physical principles to the creation of useful reality for machine design. ... The University of Kentucky (also as UK or simply Kentucky) is a public, co-educational university located in Lexington, Kentucky. ...


Patton was elected county judge-executive of Pike County, Kentucky and served in that office from 1981 to 1991. Pike County is a county located in the state of Kentucky. ... 1981 (MCMLXXXI) is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1991 (MCMXCI) is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In 1987 he ran for Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky and won 130,713 votes in the Democratic primary, placing him third ahead of state senator David Boswell and Superintendent of Public Instruction Alice McDonald but behind Attorney General David L. Armstrong (147,718) and the 189,058 votes won by Brereton Jones, who won the primary and the general election. The office of Lieutentant Governor of Kentucky has existed under the last three of Kentuckys four constitutions, beginning in 1797. ... Brereton Jones Brereton Chandler Jones (born June 27, 1939) is an American political figure. ...


Patton sought the office of lieutenant governor again in 1991. In a crowded seven candidate field in the Democratic primary, the front runner seemed to be Attorney General Fred Cowan of Louisville. Just days before the primary it was reported that Cowan's campaign had sent a fundraising letter to a firm that his office was investigating for criminal conduct regarding state contracts. Patton surged past Cowan with 146,102 votes to Cowan's 104,337. (Other candidates included Steve Collins, son of former governor Martha Layne Collins, and former Speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives Bobby H. Richardson.) Patton went on to a lopsided victory in the general election, winning 514,023 votes to 250,857 for Republican Eugene Goss. Martha Layne Collins Martha Layne Collins (born December 7, 1936 in Bagdad, Kentucky) was Governor of the U.S. State of Kentucky from 1983 through 1987; she is a member of the Democratic Party. ...


Upon his election as lieutenant governor, Patton resigned his office as Pike County judge-executive. He was an active lieutenant governor. Governor Brereton Jones appointed Patton as secretary of economic development, making Patton the first lieutenant governor to serve as an appointed cabinet secretary. Brereton Jones Brereton Chandler Jones (born June 27, 1939) is an American political figure. ...


Patton ran for governor himself in 1995. It was the first year in which candidates for governor slated with running mates for lieutenant governor; Patton chose Steve Henry, a surgeon and county commissioner from Louisville, as his running mate. Patton won the Democratic primary with 152,203 votes to 81,352 for secretary of state Bob Babbage and 71,740 for John A. "Eck" Rose, the President Pro Tempore of the Kentucky State Senate. Patton entered the fall campaign as a perceived underdog. The year before, Republicans had taken over both houses of Congress, including a majority of Kentucky's congressional delegation, for the first time in decades. Patton's campaign seemed an uphill battle but Patton won, using some themes similar to those used by President Bill Clinton in his successful re-election campaign the following year. Patton won 500,605 votes (50.9%) to 479,227 (48.7%) for the Republican nominee, Larry Forgy. Louisville (usually pronounced ; see Pronunciation below) is Kentuckys largest city and the 16th largest city in the United States. ...


Patton's achievements during his first term as governor included major overhaul of the state's workers compensation laws and significant changes to higher education governance and funding.


Due to a constitutional amendment enacted under Jones, Patton became the first governor in over 100 years who could succeed himself. Patton was re-elected to a second term in 1999 over a weak Republican nominee, Peppy Martin, and two other candidates. Patton won a second term as governor with 352,099 votes, 60.6% of the total in a very low turnout. The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ...


In 1997, he began an affair with Tina Conner, the operator of a nursing home in Clinton, a small town in Kentucky's far-western Purchase region. The relationship ended in 1999, but he continued to call her until she completely broke off the affair in October 2001. Two months after she broke off the affair, her nursing home was cited by state regulators for numerous violations of health and safety rules. By July 2002, the state had pulled all Medicare and Medicaid payments from the facility, which soon went bankrupt. [1] The affair became public after Conner filed a suit against Patton, alleging that he had directed state regulators to shut down her business as retaliation for her ending their affair. However, when questioned under oath about the matter, Conner denied her prior allegations that Patton had intervened on her behalf. [2] Patton had considered running against to Republican U. S. Senator Jim Bunning in 2004, but the scandal derailed those plans. 1997 (MCMXCVII) is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A nursing home is a place of residence for people who require constant medical care. ... Clinton is a city located in Hickman County, Kentucky. ... The Jackson Purchase is a region in the state of Kentucky bounded by the Mississippi, Ohio, and Tennessee Rivers. ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... 2002(MMII) is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... There are several publicly funded health services in various countries called Medicare: Medicare (Canada) is a comprehensive, universal (for all the citizens and permanent residents in the country) public health financing system. ... Medicaid in the United States is a program managed by the states and funded jointly by the states and federal government to provide health insurance for individuals and families with low incomes and resources. ... A lawsuit is a civil action brought before a court in order to recover a right, obtain damages for an injury, obtain an injunction to prevent an injury, or obtain a declaratory judgment to prevent future legal disputes. ... Seal of the Senate The United States Senate is one of the two chambers of the Congress of the United States, the other being the House of Representatives. ... James Paul David Jim Bunning (born October 23, 1931 in Southgate, Kentucky) is an American politician who was a Hall of Fame pitcher in Major League Baseball from 1955 to 1971. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Patton retired to Pikeville after the election of his successor Ernie Fletcher. Ernest Lee Fletcher (born November 12, 1952) has served as governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky since 2003. ...


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Preceded by:
Brereton C. Jones
Governor of Kentucky
1995–2003
Succeeded by:
Ernie Fletcher
Preceded by:
Brereton C. Jones
Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky
1991–1995
Succeeded by:
Steve Henry
Preceded by:
Brereton C. Jones
Democratic nominee for Governor of Kentucky
1995–1999
Succeeded by:
Ben Chandler
Preceded by:
Brereton C. Jones
Democratic nominee for Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky
1991–1991
Succeeded by:
Steve Henry

 
 

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