|Member of the Kentucky House of Representatives
from the 73rd district
2011 – Present
|Preceded by||Don Pasley|
July 18, 1955 |
|Alma mater||Lexington Community College|
|Occupation||Administrative Officer, United States Marshals Service, Ret.|
Donna Mayfield (born July 18, 1955) is a Republican Kentucky State Representative for Kentucky House District 73 - Clark and Madison Counties. She is the first female state legislator elected to represent Clark County, Kentucky.
Donna Mayfield was born in Lexington, Kentucky, where she graduated from Bryan Station High School in 1973 and attended Lexington Community College (now Bluegrass Community and Technical College). She began working at the U.S. Attorney's Office in June 1973, and transferred to the United States Marshals Service in Lexington in June 1975. She worked at the United States Marshals Service until retiring as Administrative Officer in September 2001 and was awarded the U.S. Marshals Service Director's Special Achievement Award in 1987. In 2007 she came out of retirement to work at the Clark County Sheriff's Office in Winchester, Kentucky, where she worked until she was elected as the Kentucky State Representative for Kentucky House District 73.
Mayfield is a member of Calvary Christian Church and the Winchester Chamber of Commerce.
In January 2010, first-time candidate Donna Mayfield announced that she would run for the Kentucky House of Representatives for the 73rd House District. At the time, the district was represented by four-term incumbent State Representative Don Pasley (D-Clark).
Both candidates were uncontested in the May primary races for their respective party nominations.
As the general election approached, both parties expected the political environment to be more favorable to the Republican candidates. Yet as late as October 20, 2010, the Richmond Register stated that incumbent Don Pasley as favored to win re-election, and Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo did not list Pasley as a candidate he believed was among those Democrats especially targeted by Republicans as vulnerable. Kentucky House Minority Leader Jeff Hoover did note that Mayfield was "turning out to be a good campaigner." So it was considered an upset when Mayfield won the general election on November 2, 2010, garnering 53.11% to Pasley's 46.89% of the vote. The 73rd District includes all of Clark County and part of Madison County, making Mayfield the first female state legislator elected to represent Clark County.
In January 2011, Mayfield was sworn into office and appointed to serve on the House Committees on Education, Transportation, and Economic Development, and Interim Subcommittee on Postsecondary Education.
Donna Mayfield ran for reelection to the Kentucky House of Representatives for the 73rd House District. She faced Democratic challenger JoEllen Reed in the General Election in November. Both candidates were uncontested in the May primary races for their respective party nominations.
In 2015, Mayfield came under fire for tacking an unrelated amendment requiring fetal ultrasounds onto KY HB 177, a bill designed to assure that animals in Kentucky have adequate shelter.Kentucky has been rated the worst state for animal protection for seven years in a row, and is projected to 'win' this rating for year eight.
- Representative Donna Mayfield -- Kentucky Legislature
- Kentucky Legislative Research Commission. Information Bulletin No. 175b (4th Revised Edition). Kentucky General Assembly Membership, pp. 387-91. (The source only lists membership up to 2005, but the incumbent held the office then and continued to hold it until he was defeated in November 2010). (PDF)
- Mayfield's Campaign Page.
- Rachel Parsons, Mayfield, Pasley vie for House seat - Both House candidates emphasize experience, The Winchester Sun (KY), 10/26/2010, at Local News, available at NewsBank, Record Number: 20101026.loc.105616. Article, Retrieved on 11/3/2011.
- Mayfield's Campaign Page.
- Ronica Shannon, Former PVA files for county clerk, The Richmond Register (KY), 1/12/2010, at Local News, available at NewsBank, Record Number: 67b7f879d546fd46db34bd37d5fce2ebfef16d9. Article, Retrieved on 11/3/2011.
- ELECTION GUIDE: Primary candidate profiles, The Richmond Register (KY), 5/14/2010, at Local News, available at NewsBank, Record Number: e0c12d35ad6154881b60c12b6a9369de1f22ce3e. Article, Retrieved on 11/3/2011.
- State Republicans looking to gain ground, The Richmond Register (KY), 10/18/2010, at Local News, available at NewsBank, Record Number: c8dee1e2b7e55a8997ce444a4f7cd90ceff8523. Article, Retrieved on 11/3/2011.
- Carpenter wins state Senate race - Smart, Napier win; Pasley loses, The Richmond Register (KY), 11/3/2010, at Local News, available at NewsBank, Record Number: 1dc5e451cf3273a1e241c486d86b095c6b74985. Article, Retrieved on 11/3/2011.
- Mayfield adjusting to new position as state representative, The Richmond Register (KY), 1/24/2011, at Local News, available at NewsBank, Record Number: 5da0379e415ec1e374a199c52d967d16db96aa38. Article, Retrieved on 11/3/2011.
- County prepares for primary election, The Richmond Register (KY), May 2, 2012, at Local News, available at NewsBank, Record Number: e9f78bf3825b0cc857a873d1ea1d254ea4ad50. Article, Retrieved on 8/19/2012.
- Mayfield, Donna. "House Floor Amendment 11 to Kentucky House Bill 177, 2015 Session" (PDF). Kentucky Legislature. Kentucky Legislative Research Commission. Retrieved 5 January 2018.
- Kentucky Legislature HB177. Retrieved on 3/8/2015.