Rocky Adkins

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Rocky Adkins
Minority Leader of the Kentucky House of Representatives
Assumed office
January 5, 2017
Preceded byJeff Hoover
Member of the Kentucky House of Representatives
from the 99th district
Assumed office
January 1987
Preceded byFrances Brown
Personal details
Born (1959-11-04) November 4, 1959 (age 59)
Morehead, Kentucky, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Leah
Children3
EducationMorehead State University (BA, MA)

Rocky J. Adkins (born November 4, 1959) is a Democratic member of the Kentucky House of Representatives, representing the 99th District of the Kentucky House since 1987. From 2003 through 2016 he was the House majority leader.[1]

Since then, he has been the chamber's Minority Floor Leader.[2][3]

Adkins represents a district in eastern Kentucky that includes Elliott, Lewis, and Rowan Counties.[4]

On November 14, 2018, he announced he was running for Governor of Kentucky in 2019, with running mate Stephanie Horne.[5]

Education[edit]

Adkins played basketball for Morehead State University and Elliott County High School.[6][7] He played for MSU in 1981 and 1982 as the starting point guard. Rocky Adkins earned his bachelor's and master's degrees at Morehead State University.[8] In 2017, Morehead's new dining commons was dedicated to and named after Rep. Adkins. He was inducted into the MSU Alumni Hall of Fame in 2004 and named the recipient of the 2012 Founders Award for University Service.[9]

Community support[edit]

Adkins is active in his hometown community of Sandy Hook, Kentucky and communities in Kentucky. He approved of and presented $730,000 dollars to help upgrade and maintain the sewage system for Sandy Hook.

A cancer survivor himself, Rep. Adkins sponsors the annual "Rocky Adkins Charity Golf Outing – Cure for Cancer" which has raised over $2.3 million for cancer research since its beginning in 1995.[10]

Kentucky Legislative Tenure[edit]

Adkins has long been a strong supporter of education in Eastern Kentucky.[11] He currently is a member of the House Democratic Leadership office.

Candidate for Kentucky governor[edit]

Governor Paul Patton, who served as Kentucky governor from 1995 to 2003, endorsed Adkins.[12]

Political positions[edit]

Adkins supports “a fully-funded pension system.”[13]

Adkins supports the use of medicinal marijuana, which he believes could provide income to help fund public pensions. [14]

Adkins believes the state legislature needs to work with the federal government to try to expand Medicaid. [15]

Adkins opposes increased regulation on gun ownership. [16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Loftus, Tom (14 November 2018). "Rocky Adkins says he's the Democrat who can win back rural Kentucky". Retrieved 6 May 2019.
  2. ^ Loftus, Tom (14 November 2018). "Rocky Adkins says he's the Democrat who can win back rural Kentucky". Retrieved 6 May 2019.
  3. ^ Loftus, Tom (14 November 2018). "Rocky Adkins says he's the Democrat who can win back rural Kentucky". Retrieved 6 May 2019.
  4. ^ "Kentucky 99th District State House Results: Rocky Adkins Wins". New York Times. 1 August 2017. Retrieved 6 May 2019.
  5. ^ Loftus, Tom (November 14, 2018). "Democrat Rocky Adkins to run for governor of Kentucky". Courier Journal. Retrieved November 14, 2018.
  6. ^ Fields, Mike (February 17, 2009). "Lionized in Elliott". Lexington Herald Leader. Retrieved December 10, 2016.
  7. ^ Simon, Jeff (December 9, 2016). "How Trump ended Democrats' 144-year winning streak in one county". CNN. Retrieved December 10, 2016.
  8. ^ Loftus, Tom (14 November 2018). "Rocky Adkins says he's the Democrat who can win back rural Kentucky". Retrieved 6 May 2019.
  9. ^ University, Morehead State. "MSU Dining Commons dedicated to Rocky Adkins". Retrieved 2017-12-21.
  10. ^ "'The Rock' at Morehead State named after longtime legislator". Kentucky Today. 9 November 2017. Retrieved 6 May 2019.
  11. ^ "'The Rock' at Morehead State named after longtime legislator". Kentucky Today. 9 November 2017. Retrieved 6 May 2019.
  12. ^ Loftus, Tom (14 November 2018). "Rocky Adkins says he's the Democrat who can win back rural Kentucky". Retrieved 6 May 2019.
  13. ^ KINSLOW, GINA (20 March 2019). "Lt. Governor candidate Horne makes campaign stop in Glasgow". Glasgow Daily Times. Retrieved 6 May 2019.
  14. ^ KINSLOW, GINA (20 March 2019). "Lt. Governor candidate Horne makes campaign stop in Glasgow". Glasgow Daily Times. Retrieved 6 May 2019.
  15. ^ KINSLOW, GINA (20 March 2019). "Lt. Governor candidate Horne makes campaign stop in Glasgow". Glasgow Daily Times. Retrieved 6 May 2019.
  16. ^ KINSLOW, GINA (20 March 2019). "Lt. Governor candidate Horne makes campaign stop in Glasgow". Glasgow Daily Times. Retrieved 6 May 2019.

External links[edit]

Kentucky House of Representatives
Preceded by
Jeff Hoover
Minority Leader of the Kentucky House of Representatives
2017–present
Incumbent