Greg Stumbo

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Greg Stumbo
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Speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives
In office
January 12, 2009 – January 5, 2017
Preceded byJody Richards
Succeeded byJeff Hoover
Member of the Kentucky House of Representatives
from the 95th district
In office
January 12, 2009 – January 5, 2017
Preceded byJames Spencer
Succeeded byLarry Brown
49th Attorney General of Kentucky
In office
January 3, 2004 – January 7, 2008
GovernorErnie Fletcher
Steve Beshear
Preceded byBen Chandler
Succeeded byJack Conway
Member of the Kentucky House of Representatives
from the 95th district
In office
Preceded byJames Allen
Succeeded byChuck Meade
Personal details
Born (1951-08-14) August 14, 1951 (age 67)
Prestonsburg, Kentucky, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Mary Karen
EducationUniversity of Kentucky (BA)
University of Louisville (JD)

Gregory D. "Greg" Stumbo (born August 14, 1951) is the former Speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives. Stumbo, a member of the Democratic Party, served as Kentucky Attorney General from 2004 to 2008.

Stumbo graduated from the University of Kentucky, where he was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. He then got his law degree from the University of Louisville.

Early career[edit]

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, Stumbo 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.[1]

Attorney General of Kentucky[edit]

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.[2]

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 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[edit]

Stumbo was the running mate for Bruce Lunsford in the 2007 Democratic gubernatorial primary, but their ticket lost to that of Steve Beshear and Daniel Mongiardo, 40.9% to 20.4%.[3]

Stumbo formed an exploratory committee to run against Senator Mitch McConnell in 2008, but did not run for the office.

Speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives[edit]

On January 6, 2009, he was endorsed by Democratic lawmakers to be the party's nominee for Speaker of the House.[4] He was sworn in as Speaker the next day, January 7.[5]

Stumbo advocates creating new usable land for recreational opportunities from strip mining techniques, as well as 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.[6]

On November 8, 2016, Stumbo was defeated by Republican challenger Larry Brown.[7] In reaction to this, Kentucky governor Matt Bevin, who had strongly opposed Stumbo and vice versa, remarked "'good riddance'...he will not be missed one bit. Kentucky will be better for his absence."[8]

Business career[edit]

In 2013, Stumbo became a partner at the Florida-based personal injury law firm Morgan & Morgan.[citation needed]


  1. ^ John Cheves (2013-10-17). "House Speaker Greg Stumbo pitching personal-injury law firm in TV commercials". Lexington Herald-Leader.
  2. ^ Staff writer (2007-09-12). "Stumbo sues Fletcher over board appointments". Associated Press.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-06-15.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Stumbo Endorsed For House Speaker". Associated Press via WKYT-TV. 2009-01-06. Retrieved 2009-01-06.
  5. ^ "Stumbo takes gavel as House speaker". Associated Press via The Courier-Journal. Archived from the original on 2012-07-22. Retrieved 2009-01-07.
  6. ^ "AP Enterprise: Few sites redeveloped after mining". Associated Press via The Washington Post. 2010-12-29. Retrieved 2011-01-01.
  7. ^ Brammer, Jack (November 8, 2016). "House Speaker Greg Stumbo Ousted by Eastern Kentucky Voters". Lexington Herald-Leader. Retrieved November 26, 2016.
  8. ^ Loftus, Tom (November 9, 2016). "Gov. Bevin: 'Good Riddance' to Greg Stumbo". Retrieved November 26, 2016.

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Ben Chandler
Attorney General of Kentucky
Succeeded by
Jack Conway
Political offices
Preceded by
Jody Richards
Speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives
Succeeded by
Jeff Hoover