Chris Perkins (politician)

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Chris Perkins
Chris Perkins congressional portrait.jpeg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kentucky's 7th district
In office
November 6, 1984 – January 3, 1993
Preceded byCarl D. Perkins
Succeeded byDistrict eliminated
Member of the Kentucky House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Carl Christopher Perkins

(1954-08-06) August 6, 1954 (age 67)
Washington, D.C.
Political partyDemocratic
ParentsCarl D. Perkins (father)
EducationDavidson College (BA)
University of Louisville (JD)

Carl Christopher Perkins (born August 6, 1954) is an American lawyer and politician who served as the United States Representative from the 7th district of Kentucky from 1984 to 1993. Perkins served as a Democrat. He was convicted on three federal felony corruption charges.


Perkins is the son of Carl D. Perkins, who represented Kentucky in the House of Representatives from 1949 to 1984. Perkins was born in Washington, D.C. and graduated from Fort Hunt High School, Alexandria, Virginia in 1972. He earned his B.A. from Davidson College in 1976. In 1978, he earned a J.D. degree from the University of Louisville. He worked for some time as a lawyer in private practice.[1]

From 1984 to 1993, he was a member of the Kentucky House of Representatives.[1]

Perkins was elected simultaneously as a Democrat to the 98th and the 99th Congress by special election to fill the vacancy caused by the death of his father. Perkins was reelected to the three succeeding Congresses (November 6, 1984 – January 3, 1993). The seat that he held, Kentucky's 7th district, was eliminated by redistricting and became Kentucky's 5th district and some counties in Kentucky's 4th district.[1] He did not seek re-election to Congress in 1992 from the new 5th district, in part due to the House banking scandal.

In 1994, Perkins agreed to plead guilty on three felony charges in connection with the House banking scandal.[2] The following year, he was sentenced to 21 months in federal prison for misusing hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions and improperly obtaining bank loans. He was also placed on three years' supervised probation, ordered to perform 250 hours of community service, and told to complete any treatment for alcoholism deemed necessary by his probation officer.[3]

After his release from prison, Perkins attended Louisville Seminary and became an ordained Presbyterian minister, serving a church in Ezel, Kentucky.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c United States Congress. "Chris Perkins (id: P000229)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  2. ^ Former U.S. Representative Chris Perkins is charged, agrees to plead guilty, U.S. Department of Justice press release, December 13, 1994
  3. ^ Prison for Ex-Congressman, The New York Times, March 14, 1995
  4. ^ Former Congressman turns to different public ministry

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Carl D. Perkins
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kentucky's 7th congressional district

Succeeded by
Seat lost to redistricting