Robert Goforth

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Robert Goforth
Member of the Kentucky House of Representatives
from the 89th district
In office
March 6, 2018 – August 24, 2021
Preceded byMarie Rader
Personal details
Born1975/1976 (age 45–46)[1]
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Ashley
Children3
ResidenceEast Bernstadt, Kentucky
Alma materUniversity of Kentucky
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy
OccupationPharmacist

Robert Goforth (born February 27, 1976) is an American politician from the state of Kentucky. A Republican, he served in the Kentucky House of Representatives from 2018 to 2021.

Goforth is from East Bernstadt, Kentucky. He was first elected to the Kentucky House in February 2018.[2][3] Goforth challenged incumbent Republican governor Matt Bevin in the 2019 gubernatorial election, getting roughly 40 percent of the vote in the primary election.[4]

In April 2020, Goforth was arrested on charges relating to domestic violence. Laurel County Sheriff's Office charged Goforth with first-degree strangulation, fourth-degree domestic assault and third-degree terroristic threatening for physically assaulting his wife, attempting to hog-tie her and strangling her with an Ethernet cord. He was taken to the Laurel County Detention Center.[5] In September 2020, Goforth was indicted on one count of first-degree strangulation and one count of assault in the fourth degree.[6]

Goforth sought re-election despite his indictment, and was condemned by a number of pro-family groups, including Kentucky for Strong Families.[7][8] He was re-elected in 2020 with 70% of the vote.[9] He resigned from office in August 2021, while still facing charges.[10][11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "What to know about Robert Goforth in the 2019 Kentucky governor's race". The Courier-Journal.
  2. ^ Johnson, Nita (February 22, 2018). "Candidates Kelly Smith, Robert Goforth share views during debate". The Times-Tribune. Retrieved January 7, 2019.
  3. ^ "ELECTION 2018: Goforth wins special election for 89th district". Richmond Register. Associated Press. February 27, 2018. Retrieved January 7, 2019.
  4. ^ "Gov. Matt Bevin wins Kentucky Republican primary". www.wkyt.com. Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  5. ^ Caudill, T. J. "State Rep. Robert Goforth arrested on domestic violence charges". www.wymt.com. Retrieved 2020-04-21.
  6. ^ Armus, Teo (September 21, 2020). "Kentucky GOP lawmaker indicted on assault, accused of strangling woman with ethernet cable". Washington Post. Retrieved 22 September 2020.
  7. ^ Six, Taylor. "'Despicable': Local voters respond to Ashley Goforth letter of endorsement". Richmond Register. Retrieved 2020-10-26.
  8. ^ "Resign Robert Goforth | Kentucky for Strong Families". Resign Goforth. Retrieved 2020-10-26.
  9. ^ "Rep. Robert Goforth re-elected despite being charged with strangulation". 6 November 2020.
  10. ^ Schreiner, Bruce (2021-08-24)."Rep. Robert Goforth Resigns." The Times-Tribune. Retrieved 2021-08-24.
  11. ^ Watkins, Morgan, and Joe Sonka (2021-08-24). "Facing Criminal Charges, Robert Goforth Resigns Post as a Kentucky Lawmaker." Louisville Courier Journal. Retrieved 2021-08-24.

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