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who we are

Republicans throughout Kentucky come from all walks of life and from every area of our Commonwealth. Republicans are unified by the concept of the primacy of the individual and by an opposition to large, intrusive government. In every county and community in Kentucky, the individual is the heart and soul of our party.

The Republican Party of Kentucky is committed to growing our party, advocating common sense, conservative principles, working to elect Republicans at every level of government, and putting Kentucky back on the right track.

OUR HISTORY

The Republican Party began taking form among anti-slavery activists who opposed the extension of slavery in western territories of the United States. Republicans ran their first presidential candidate in 1856, and Republicans first won the presidency in 1860 when Abraham Lincoln, who was born in Hardin County, was elected.

In Kentucky, the Republican Party traces its roots to 1870. In 1871, Republicans ran its first slate of candidates with General John Marshall Harlan, a future Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, as the party's candidate for governor. The Kentucky Republican ticket campaigned on its support of the 14th and 15th Amendments, standing in stark contrast to its opponents.

Despite losing in 1871, Republicans in Kentucky began building an infrastructure, reaching out to voters, and gaining momentum. By 1895, the majority of Kentucky's congressional delegation was Republican. In the same year, Kentuckians elected the Commonwealth's first Republican governor, William Bradley, who ran on a platform of reforming and cleaning up state government – rooting out cronyism and corruption.

Just as the Republican Party was founded on the idea that all men are created equal, Republicans were at the forefront of advocating for women’s suffrage. In 1896, the Republican Party was the first major political party to support extending the right to vote to women. Margaret Park of Bardstown and Minerva Embry Allen of Fayette County, among others, fought for women's suffrage and were active in their local Republican organizations. For the first time in Louisville, a woman, Lelia Calhoun Leidenger, was elected to Louisville’s Board of Education in 1920.

Throughout the 20th century, Republicans candidates in Kentucky ran and won on platforms of rooting out corruption in government, reducing wasteful government spending, balancing the budget, and promoting economic growth and prosperity. Republican candidates in Kentucky continue to promote those core values, and our Party continues to grow as our message continues to resonate with Kentuckians who want common sense, conservative solutions.

rpk rules

We are the Party of the big tent and the open door. Our rules seek to transfer these transcendent principles into accepted practice.

Written rules, however, are no substitute for personal dedication. As Republicans, we continue our commitment to encouraging the broadest possible participation in the affairs of our Party. We encourage every Kentuckian to seek that level of Party leadership for which his or her talents and energy recommend them. No false distinctions of age, race, sex, or religion shall bar anyone from any Party position.

Devotion to our Party’s principles and loyalty to its candidates are and should be the only qualifications for holding any position in the Republican Party, the Party of the big tent and the open door.

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republican platform

Our Republican platform describes who we are and what we believe as a Party, provides our vision for a stronger, freer, more competitive nation and Commonwealth, and details our priorities and ideas for restoring the American Dream.

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state officers

Steve

Robertson

Chairman

Republican Party of Kentucky

PO Box 1068

Frankfort, KY 40602

  geography
steve.rpk@gmail.com
  email address
502.875.5130
  phone

DeAnna L.

Brangers

Vice-Chairman

DeAnna Brangers

11716 Saratoga Woods Court

Louisville, KY 40299

  geography
d4gop@aol.com
  email address
502.261.1475
  phone

John A.

Mocker, Jr.

Secretary

John A. Mocker, Jr.

969 Riva Ridge Court

Union, KY 41091

  geography
jmocker@lallypipe.com
  email address
859.630.5666
  phone

Catherine D.

Bell

Treasurer

Republican Party of Kentucky

PO Box 1068

Frankfort, KY 40602

  geography
cathy@rpk.org
  email address
502.875.5130
  phone

KC

Crosbie

National Committeewoman

Republican Party of Kentucky

PO Box 1068

Frankfort, KY 40602

  geography
kc@kccrosbie.com
  email address
859.264.0161
  phone

Robert M. "Mike"

Duncan

National Committeeman

Robert M. "Mike" Duncan

41 West Main Street

Inez, KY 41224

  geography
mike@rmduncan.com
  email address
606.298.3511
  phone

executive committee

The Executive Committee of the Republican Party of Kentucky is responsible for the operation of party affairs and meets quarterly. The Executive Committee comprises fifty-four Republicans from throughout our Commonwealth – with members representing every congressional district in Kentucky.

executive committee index