Ralph Alvarado

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Ralph Alvarado
Ralph Alvarado 2016 RNC (1) (cropped1).jpg
Member of the Kentucky Senate
from the 28th district
Assumed office
January 1, 2015
Preceded byR. J. Palmer
Personal details
Born (1970-04-30) April 30, 1970 (age 49)
San Francisco, California, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
EducationLoma Linda University (BS, MD)

Ralph A. Alvarado (born April 30, 1970) is an American physician and Republican politician. He serves as member of the Kentucky Senate from the 28th District (Clark, Fayette, Montgomery counties), being first elected in 2014.[1][2] He is the first Hispanic person elected to the Kentucky General Assembly; his father is from Costa Rica and his mother is from Argentina.[3]

Alvarado was born in San Francisco and raised in Pacifica and San Jose, California. He graduated from Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose in 1988.[4][5] He graduated from Loma Linda University in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and completed an MD from the same university in 1994.[6] He completed his residency at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center.[7]

He spoke at the 2016 Republican National Convention on the third night of the Convention.[8][9]

He sponsored a 2017 medical malpractice bill that was later struck down by the Kentucky Supreme Court for obstructing access to the courts.[10]

On January 25, 2019, Alvarado was chosen by Matt Bevin to be his running mate in the 2019 Kentucky gubernatorial election.[11]


  1. ^ "Ralph Alvarado". Ballotpedia. Retrieved 2 March 2015.
  2. ^ "Ralph Alvarado". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved 2 March 2015.
  3. ^ Adam Beam (April 29, 2014). "After losses, Kentucky Sen. Alvarado rises quickly in GOP". Washington Times. Retrieved November 11, 2015.
  4. ^ "Ralph Alvarado, M.D., Citizen Legislator". Kentucky Doc. July 30, 2015. Retrieved July 20, 2016.
  5. ^ "Sen. Ralph Alvarado (R-KY)". National Patient Advocate Foundation. Retrieved July 20, 2016.
  6. ^ Sen. Ralph Alvarado (R-KY 28th District). Autism Action Network. Accessed 2016-07-20.
  7. ^ "Senator Ralph Alvarado (R)". Kentucky Legislature. Retrieved July 20, 2016.
  8. ^ Troyan, Mary (20 July 2016). "Alvarado says GOP, Hispanics share same values". courier-journal.com. The Courier-Journal. Retrieved 20 July 2016.
  9. ^ "Ralph Alvarado addresses Hispanic voters in Spanish at GOP convention". washingtonpost.com. Washington Post. 20 July 2016. Retrieved 21 July 2016.
  10. ^ "Who's Bevin's new running mate? 5 things to know about Ralph Alvarado". The Courier-Journal. Retrieved 2019-03-28.
  11. ^ "Bevin dumps Hampton, announces Ralph Alvarado as his lieutenant governor running mate". Lexington Herald Leader. January 25, 2019. Retrieved June 2, 2019.

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Preceded by
Jenean Hampton
Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky
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