Kentucky Educational Television (KET) will air a profile on the life of Centre College alumnus and Kentucky’s Speaker of the House Jeff Hoover ’82.
KET sat down with Hoover in his hometown, Jamestown, Kentucky, and in the state capital, Frankfort, to discuss his hopes for the Kentucky House of Representatives in the next year.
The program, “Jeff Hoover: Journey from Jamestown,” will also present interviews with Hoover’s wife, Karyn, and his close friends, offering insights into his character and goals. Additionally, the profile will discuss his reflections on his past year as Speaker, his family and his commitment to serving the public.
The first Republican to occupy the Kentucky Speaker’s office in 96 years, Hoover was elected unanimously to the position in 2016. He has served in the state House of Representatives since 1996, making him the longest-serving Republican Floor Leader in state history. He has received praise for his diligence and quick effectiveness throughout his first year leading the chamber.
With a family history of service in public office, the district Hoover currently represents has elected both of his parents as its representatives in the past. This district, Kentucky’s 83rd, includes Clinton, Cumberland, Pulaski and Russell counties.
Recognized by Centre as a distinguished alumnus in 2012, Hoover graduated as a first-generation college student with a government degree and later received his J.D. from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. Among other accolades, Hoover has also received the Chamber MVP Award Session twice from the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce for his efforts in the general assembly to support businesses in the state.
by Kathleen Murphy ’18
June 1, 2017