2007 Key Race | Kentucky Governor
» November 6, 2007 | Democrat Steve Beshear has won the Kentucky governor's race, defeating Gov. Ernie Fletcher.
Elected Lt. Governor of Kentucky in 1983, elected Attorney General of Kentucky in 1979, served as member of Kentucky House of Representatives for three terms, 1974-1979. Served in U.S. Army Reserves.
Earned undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Kentucky.
September 21, 1944, Dawson Springs, Ky.
Ernie Fletcher (Incumbent)
Elected governor of Kentucky in 2003. Elected to U.S. House of Representatives in 1998 and reelected in 2000 and 2002. Elected to Kentucky House of Representatives in 1995. Served in U.S. Air Force.
Graduated from LaFayette High School, Lexington, Ky., 1970; B.S., University of Kentucky College of Engineering, Lexington, Ky., 1974; M.D., University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Lexington, Ky., 1984
November 12, 1952, Mt. Sterling, Ky.
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Demographic Data (2000 Census)
- Population: 4,041,769
- Male: 48.9%
- Female: 51.1%
- Median Age: 35.9
- 18 Years and Over: 75.4%
- 65 Years and Over: 12.5%
- Employed: 56.9%
- Median Household Income: $33,672
- Families Below Poverty Level: 12.7%
- Bachelor's Degree or Higher: 17.1%
- (of those over 25)
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