Voters elected Jack Conway by an overwhelming margin as the 49th Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and Jack has kept his commitment to fighting for issues that are important to Kentucky families. He’s worked with local leaders and law-enforcement officers to make Kentucky a safer place to live, work and raise a family.
As Attorney General, Jack Conway has followed through on his commitment to vigorously prosecute child predators and crack down on Internet crimes. Since creating the Cybercrimes Unit in 2008 and leading the passage of House Bill 315 – which updated Kentucky’s laws in order to fight Internet crime – the Office of Attorney General (OAG) has seized more than 200,000 child pornographic images off the Internet, processed over 2,688 hard drives, launched over 180 investigations, and conducted more than 100 Internet safety programs across Kentucky. Jack is also a member of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) task force that is working with MySpace and Facebook to create parental safety controls, sweep sex offenders off the sites and develop age-verification software.
Attorney General Conway has kept his pledge to help fight illegal drugs in Kentucky communities. He received the “Soaring Eagle” award from Operation Unlawful Narcotics Investigations, Treatment and Education (UNITE) for his efforts to fight prescription drug abuse. The Office of the Attorney General also received UNITE’s “Most Valuable Agency” award for its participation in joint investigations. In August of 2009, Conway announced the formation of Kentucky’s first statewide prescription drug task force. Attorney General Conway’s office participated in the largest drug bust in Kentucky history. Jack has traveled across Kentucky educating middle and high school students about the dangers of prescription drug abuse. And he’s worked with Florida’s Attorney General to ensure the state adopted an electronic monitoring program to stop the flood of prescription pills coming into Kentucky.
General Conway is committed to protecting consumers. Even facing 30 percent budget cuts, since taking office in January 2008, Jack has saved taxpayers almost $400 million by recovering $175 million for the Kentucky Medicaid Program – an increase of 600% - and intervening to halt $250 million in proposed utility rate increases. Jack has fined oil companies who’ve gouged taxpayers at the pump, he’s taken on big banks who’ve fudged foreclosure paperwork and he’s fought for thousands of Kentucky consumers who’ve been scammed by disreputable businesses or con artists.
General Conway has kept his commitment to protect Kentuckians. Since being elected Attorney General, he’s charged 55 individuals with elder abuse and neglect (more than any other Attorney General), conducted 48 Senior Crime Colleges, stopped Topix’s $19.99 fee for removing abusive or inappropriate posts, and launched a national effort to investigate the business practices of for-profit colleges.
Prior to his election, Jack worked as a private attorney. He spent six years in senior-level cabinet positions in former Kentucky Governor Paul Patton’s administration. Jack worked closely with lawmakers to craft comprehensive school-safety legislation and helped author legislation that imposed and enforced tougher sentences on violent offenders.
Jack’s roots as a Kentuckian run deep. He is a direct descendent of the first European settler in Kentucky, Dr. Thomas Walker, whose cabin is memorialized in the Dr. Thomas Walker State Park in Barbourville, Ky. Jack’s father, Tom, was born on a family farm in Western Kentucky’s Union County. He put himself through law school at night at the University of Louisville, while teaching history during the day and coaching football at Fairdale High School. Jack’s mother, Barbara, grew in up in Louisville’s South End, and is the daughter of a union blacksmith.
Jack is the oldest of four children and is a graduate of St. Xavier High School. He holds an undergraduate degree in public policy from Duke University. While in college, he studied at Cambridge University in England. He graduated with honors from the National Law Center at George Washington University.
Jack is a member of NAAG, the Democratic Attorneys General Association, the Kentucky Bar Association and the Louisville Bar Association. He previously served on the boards of the Muhammad Ali Center and the African American Heritage Center.
Jack is married to Elizabeth Davenport Conway. He and Elizabeth are the proud parents of two daughters, Eva and Alex.