Birthplace: Mt Sterling
Current Residence: Frankfort
Eductation: Universitiy of Kentucky
Political Office: Governor, US Representative, KY Representative
Personal: wife, Glenna, and two children
Ernie Fletcher was born in Mt. Sterling, Kentucky, and received a bachelor's degree from the University of Kentucky College of Engineering in 1974. He served in the U.S. Air Force as an F-4E Aircraft Commander and NORAD Alert Force Commander, leading flights that intercepted Soviet military aircraft during the Cold War. After leaving the Air Force, he graduated from the University of Kentucky, College of Medicine in 1984 and became a family practice physician. He served for two years as CEO of the Saint Joseph Medical Foundation.
Fletcher answered the call to public service in 1995 beginning his political career as representative of the state's 78th district in the Kentucky Legislature. He served on the Kentucky Commission on Poverty and the Task Force on Higher Education, and was appointed by the governor to assist with reforming Kentucky's ailing health-care system.
In 1998, he was elected to represent the 6th Congressional District of Kentucky. He was reelected in 2000 and again in 2002, when he received 72% of the vote. During his career in the U.S. House, Fletcher's legislative priorities included: improving health care and Medicare; ensuring educational opportunities for all children; making taxes fairer, flatter and simpler; and protecting family farmers. As Chairman of the House Policy Committee Subcommittee on Health, he was a major proponent of Association Health Plans and other initiatives to make health insurance more affordable for employers. He was also a major force behind the Patient Bill of Rights in 2000.
Fletcher was elected Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky in 2003.
Governor Fletcher is married to his high school sweetheart, Glenna (Foster) Fletcher. They have two children, Rachael Nichols, married to Daniel Nichols, and Benjamin Fletcher, married to Kara Ries. Gov. and Mrs. Fletcher also have four grandchildren: Katherine, Hannah, Joshua, and Harold Nichols.
A native of Fulton, Rudolph is a graduate of Fulton City High School and attended Murray State University. He is a member of the First Baptist Church in Murray and the Murray Chamber of Commerce.
Rudolph and his wife Lisa, a registered nurse, have two children, Mallory and Grant.
Robbie Rudolph was appointed secretary of the Executive Cabinet by Governor Ernie Fletcher on June 7, 2006. Rudolph previously served as the Governor's first secretary of the Kentucky Finance and Administration Cabinet.
From day one, Rudolph envisioned a plan to consolidate similar services, such as information technology, under a single agency. This plan resulted in a reduction in the number of contract employees, reduced costs for hardware and software and improved information exchange between state government agencies, other branches of government and the general public. During his tenure as Finance Secretary, Rudolph also lead the charge to collect the estimated $1 billion in delinquent taxes currently owed to the Commonwealth.