Birthplace: Dawson Springs
Eductation: University of Kentucky
Political Office: Lt Governor, Attorney General, KY Representative
Personal: wife, Jane, and two children
A native of Dawson Springs in Hopkins County he was one of five children of a Baptist minister and a mother who was dedicated to her community. They instilled values of integrity, strong religious faith, hard work and respect for others - values obvious throughout Steve's career.
Following Dawson Springs High School Steve graduated from UK and its College of Law - both with highest honors. He was elected Student Body President during his third undergraduate year, an early indication of not only leadership credentials but his interest in public service. Later, Steve became a Spec 4 enlisted man in the Army Reserve as an intelligence analyst and carried out certain Judge Advocate General duties.
While at UK he met his future wife Jane, who grew up in Bowling Green and Lexington. They have two sons and a grandson. Jeff is a veterinarian and small business owner. He, his wife Emily and their son Nicholas live in Virginia. Andy, an attorney, resides in Louisville with his wife Britainy.
Steve's various civic activities include such organizations as CommerceLexington, Inc., the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation, God's Pantry Food Bank, Bluegrass Tomorrow, the Kentucky World Trade Center, and the UK College of Law Visiting Committee.
Born on July 4, 1960 in Hazard, Daniel grew up the eldest among three surviving children of Jimmy and Katherine Mongiardo. An older brother died as an infant in a community with then limited medical care. That heartbreaking event along with others in Perry County-- where families too frequently struggled with health issues -- became the catalyst for this man's chosen profession.
After graduating from Hazard High School, Transylvania University and the University of Kentucky School of Medicine, Dr. Mongiardo completed a surgical residency at the UK Hospital.
The prestigious McGill University in Montreal, Canada selected him for residency training in otolaryngology (ears, nose and throat). From there he returned to his home community, where he delivered specialized medical and surgical treatment to local as well as residents from far and wide who sought his expertise.
"Dr. Dan" was one of the founders of the Rotary Free Clinic, a non-profit organization combining the efforts of Community Ministries, local physicians and the Perry County Rotary Club. Free health care became available to those most in need including the uninsured - the working poor. He remains a Board member of that Clinic.
At the Appalachian Regional Medical Center Dr. Mongiardo has served as vice-chief of surgery, chief of surgery, vice-chief of staff and as chief of staff and continues to be on staff serving patients as the only ear nose and throat surgeon for a large area of Southeastern Kentucky.