Chris Thieneman

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Chris Thieneman
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Thieneman in November 2009
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Position: Defensive tackle / Defensive end
Personal information
Born: (1965-06-06) June 6, 1965 (age 53)
Louisville, Kentucky
Career information
College: Louisville
Undrafted: 1988
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards

Christopher Allen Thieneman (born June 6, 1965) is a former American college football player who was a defensive lineman in the World League of American Football (WLAF) and the Canadian Football League (CFL) during the early 1990s. He played for the San Antonio Riders of the WLAF, and the Sacramento Gold Miners of the CFL. Thieneman played collegiately at the University of Louisville, where he was an honorable mention All-American.

Later, he returned to Kentucky and took over the family business which included development and real estate.

As a Republican he also ran for the Mayor of Louisville, the Kentucky State House of Representatives and the Kentucky State Senate, losing all three times. He has also been accused of bribery, perjury and assault. Most of those allegations were found as not guilty.

Early years[edit]

Thieneman was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. He attended Bishop David High School where he lettered three years in football as a defensive end.[1] During his senior year, he earned All-County, All-District and All-State honors.[1] Following graduation, Thieneman enrolled at the University of Louisville after being recruited to play college football for the Cardinals by coach Bob Weber. He played his first two seasons as a backup linebacker before being redshirted in 1985 due to a shoulder injury.[2] Under coach Howard Schnellenberger, Thieneman returned to the football field in 1986, making the switch to the defensive tackle position.[2] As a junior, he recorded 53 tackles (40 solo)[1] and earned honorable mention All-America honors by the Associated Press,[3] which also named him to the All-South Independent team.[1] He graduated with a bachelor's degree in business management.

Professional career[edit]

In 1988, Thieneman signed as an undrafted free agent with the Dallas Cowboys as a defensive end, but did not appear in a single regular season game and was released from the offseason practice squad. He played professional football in Canada for four years, ending his career in the Canadian Football League with the Sacramento Gold Miners.

Political career[edit]

After football, Thieneman began working in the family real estate business and obtained a real estate license. Thieneman took over operation of the family business and established his own development company. His developments include trailer parks,[4][5] family-based subdivisions, low-income apartments [6] and office complexes in the Greater Louisville Metro area. Thieneman is one of the largest owners of vacant property on Dixie Highway.

Thieneman ran in the Republican primary for Congress in Kentucky's 3rd congressional district in 2008.[7] In May 2010, Thieneman ran for Mayor of Louisville in the Republican primary but lost to Hal Heiner.[7] Heiner would eventually lose narrowly to current Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer.

In Spring of 2012, Thieneman filed to run for 37th district's state senate seat,[8] narrowly defeating former Metro Councilman Doug Hawkins in the Republican primary in May.[citation needed] Thieneman lost by a wide margin in the general election to incumbent Democrat State Senator Perry Clark.[9]

Despite numerous attempts, Thieneman has never won election to any public office.


In 2010, during his campaign for Louisville mayor, Thieneman participated in an interview with the Courier Journal editorial board to seek the newspaper's endorsement. In the interview, Thieneman admitted to bribing a county official in order to get approval for a trailer park from the local planning commission despite heavy opposition from nearby residents. The request was granted by the planning commission, and a trailer park was built along a narrow piece of land in the middle of a middle-class neighborhood.[10]


In the fall of 2012, it was alleged by a local blog that Thieneman did not reside in the district in which he filed to represent.[11] Thieneman has repeatedly denied that he lives outside the district,[12] but depositions by citizens, photographic evidence and voting records suggest Thieneman has multiple residences in Jefferson County, Kentucky. The residence in question is the location of a Thieneman-owned commercial business - a self-storage locker business.[11]

In October 2012, a lawsuit was filed by district resident Robert Walker that challenged Thieneman's residency. The suit alleged Thieneman did not live in the 37th district and therefore was not a legal candidate. Judge Charles Cunningham ordered on November 2, 2012, that Thieneman produce utility bills from his supposed residence at the storage business as well as a home Thieneman owns on Brownsboro Road. The utility bills were supposed to have proven exactly where Thieneman was living, but the judge's order was never fulfilled by Thieneman and the case was passed.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Thieneman is one of the original founders of the Mint Jubilee, a Kentucky Derby-themed charity event that raises money for The James Brown Cancer Center in Louisville. The event has been mired in controversy and was alleged to have misappropriated funds originally meant for the charity.[14]

In 2013, Thieneman was charged with assault and wanton endangerment when he was accused of choking his ex-girlfriend during an argument. The woman was granted an Emergency Protective Order of restraint from Thieneman.[15][16] He was again arrested on May 29, 2014 for intimidating his ex-girlfriend, violating his EPO/DVO and retaliating against a participant in a legal process.[17]

Thieneman was eventually found not guilty of these assault charges.[18]He now seeks damages and lawsuits for false arrest and vandalism to his owned property. Thieneman has filed a lawsuit against the City of Louisville, LMPD Officers, and County Attorney Ingrid Geiser for malicious prosecution among other things. They have delayed the court date for multiple reasons, but it is next scheduled for 11/13/2017 for another review. Subpoenas have been served on Amy Phelps who was the Detective as well who is at the center of this conflict, and no longer works for the city. She has since moved on to a "Claims Specialist" position at Nationwide insurance. Amy Phelps

On June 4, 2016 Chris Thieneman married YouTube Beauty & Style Vlogger Nikki Cooper. The couple can be seen on TLC's "90 Day Fiance" - Season 6 in relation to Chris' friend David Toborowsky's goal of marrying Annie Suwan from Thailand.


  1. ^ a b c d Weavers, Chance; Hyde, Bob; Sellers, Greg (1992). "Riders' Newcomers". 1992 San Antonio Riders Media Guide. San Antonio Riders. p. 50. 
  2. ^ a b Lawson, Gil (August 20, 1986). "Schnellenberger has no miracles, but more size". Park City Daily News. Retrieved March 17, 2012. 
  3. ^ "AP All-America selections". Reading Eagle. Associated Press. December 4, 1986. Retrieved March 17, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Affordable Housing from Tom Thieneman Realty". Retrieved 2017-01-21. 
  5. ^ "Property Details | Jefferson County PVA - Part 244672". Retrieved 2017-01-21. 
  6. ^ "Eden Apartments Reviews & Ratings". Retrieved 2017-01-21. 
  7. ^ a b Gazaway, Charles (September 8, 2009). "Thieneman announces mayoral candidacy". WAVE 3. Retrieved March 17, 2012. 
  8. ^ "About Us". Retrieved September 15, 2012. 
  9. ^ "VOTER REGISTRATION STATISTICS REPOR" (TXT). 2012-11-06. Retrieved 2017-01-21. 
  10. ^ "Republican Chris Thieneman Admits To Bribery". YouTube. 2010-04-26. Retrieved 2017-01-21. 
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  13. ^ "Thieneman Opinion". Retrieved 2017-01-21. 
  14. ^ "Real Story Behind The Mint Jubilee Mess – The 'Ville Voice". 2010-02-17. Retrieved 2017-01-21. 
  15. ^ [3][dead link]
  16. ^ "Thieneman convicted of wanton endangerment". 2016-04-20. Retrieved 2017-01-21. 
  17. ^ "Chris Thieneman back behind bars; accused of intimidating ex-gir - WDRB 41 Louisville News". Retrieved 2017-01-21. 
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