|Speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives|
January 12, 2009
|Preceded by||Jody Richards|
|49th Attorney General of Kentucky|
December 9, 2003 – December 11, 2007
|Preceded by||Ben Chandler|
|Succeeded by||Jack Conway|
|Born||August 14, 1951|
|Alma mater||University of Kentucky
University of Louisville
Gregory D. "Greg" Stumbo (born August 14, 1951) is the Speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives. Stumbo, a member of the Democratic Party, served as Kentucky Attorney General from 2003 to 2007.
A native of Prestonsburg in Floyd County, Stumbo served as Assistant Floyd County Attorney and held the position of Martin city attorney for three years. He also served as trial commissioner to the Floyd County District Court for one year.
Prior to his election as attorney general, served in the Kentucky House of Representatives for twelve terms from 1980 to 2003. During this time Stumbo was Kentucky's longest-serving House Majority Leader (1985–2003). Stumbo returned to the House of Representatives not long after his Attorney General term ended.
Attorney General of Kentucky
Stumbo's office led an investigation into the hiring practices of Kentucky Republican Governor Ernie Fletcher which resulted in indictments, but was dismissed by agreement with the prosecutors. On September 12, 2007, Stumbo sued Fletcher for appointing too many Republicans to the governing bodies of state universities. State law requires "proportional representation of the two leading political parties" based on voter registration. A majority of registered voters in Kentucky are Democrats, but Fletcher appointed seven Republicans and two Democrats to the University of Kentucky and eight Republicans and two Democrats to the University of Louisville. Stumbo was also, in his time as Attorney-General, known for leading a somewhat controversial and very effective attack on the sale of prescription drugs over the internet and through "pill mills", which led to the most stringent laws preventing these sales in the nation. The Ryan Haight Act, the federal law that prohibits the internet only based sale of narcotic prescription drugs by these same websites was modeled on the law Stumbo passed in Kentucky. A large part of the controversy surrounding Stumbo's efforts to control the sale of internet "prescriptions" was based in the objections of other states, who saw part of Stumbo's efforts intruding on their own state sovereignty and authority, particularly in the states where the internet pharmacy sites were based. Stumbo also faced considerable criticism from pain patient's rights groups, particularly The Pain Relief Network and its president, Siobhan Reynolds, who threatened to file lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of the proposed law. The suit was never filed and the law became the first in the nation requiring registration of internet pharmacies, wherever they were located, in the state in order for them to deliver any medication to Kentucky.
Other Statewide Elections
Speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives
Stumbo advocates creating new usable land for recreational opportunities from strip mining techniques, as well as for other forms of post-mining economic reclamation. As an indication of his commitment to Kentucky's coal industry, Stumbo built his home in Prestonburg on a clearing where a mountaintop used to be, near the manicured, 18-hole Stone Crest Golf Course.
- Staff writer (2007-09-12). "Stumbo sues Fletcher over board appointments". Associated Press.
- "Stumbo Endorsed For House Speaker". Associated Press via WKYT-TV. 2009-01-06. Retrieved 2009-01-06.
- "Stumbo takes gavel as House speaker". Associated Press via The Courier-Journal. Retrieved 2009-01-07.[dead link]
- "AP Enterprise: Few sites redeveloped after mining". Associated Press via The Washington Post. 2010-12-29. Retrieved 2011-01-01.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Greg Stumbo.|
- Representative Greg Stumbo (D), Speaker of the House official Kentucky Legislature site
- Profile at Project Vote Smart
- Bills, amendements and roll call votes from KentuckyVotes.org
- Attorney General Greg Stumbo at the Wayback Machine (archived April 22, 2004)
- 2007 Campaign Site at the Wayback Machine (archived March 17, 2007)
- 2008 Exploratory Campaign Site at the Wayback Machine (archived January 24, 2008)
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