Bill Adkins

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Bill Adkins
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Kentucky, District 4
Bachelor'sCumberland College (1996)
J.D.Chase Law School (1999)
Place of birthLetcher County, Kentucky
Campaign website
Bill Adkins campaign logo
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Bill Adkins was a 2012 Democratic candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 4th Congressional District of Kentucky. He was defeated by Thomas Massie (R) in the general election.


Adkins was born in Letcher County, Kentucky[1]


  • 1996: Cumberland College
  • 1999: Chase Law School


Adkins owns his own law firm and practices law in Grant County, Kentucky.[1]



See also: Kentucky's 4th Congressional District elections, 2012

Adkins was defeated by Republican Thomas Massie.[2] Adkins ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Kentucky's 4th District. Adkins defeated Greg Frank in the Democratic primary.[3] He was defeated by Thomas Massie (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.

U.S. House, Kentucky District 4 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngThomas Massie 62.1% 186,036
     Democratic Bill Adkins 35% 104,734
     Independent David Lewis 2.9% 8,674
Total Votes 299,444
Source: Kentucky Board of Elections "2012 General Election Official Vote Totals"
Kentucky's 4th Congressional District Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBill Adkins 68.6% 17,209
Greg Frank 31.4% 7,869
Total Votes 25,078

Race Background

Adkins was a Democrat running for election in a primarily conservative district. However, Republicans had a six candidate primary with the winner, Thomas Massie, only achieving 45% of the vote. Adkins stated that the Republican party's division between traditional candidates and tea party candidates might play to his advantage in the 4th District Elections.[4]

Campaign Issues

The following are issues highlighted by Bill Adkins on his campaign website.[5]

  • Protecting Seniors

Excerpt: "Bill believes we must stop the radical agenda that calls for balancing our budget on the backs of our seniors, an agenda that would deny seniors and children necessary health care, an agenda that would deny seniors peace of mind and security."

  • Fair Taxes

Excerpt: "The best thing we can do to increase revenue so as to meet our needs while paying down our debt is to get serious about investing in our nation and create a tax structure that is fair to all."

  • National Security

Excerpt: "Bill believes we must continue the fight against terrorism around the globe, but it’s past time to bring our troops home from Afghanistan."

  • Second Amendment

Excerpt: "Bill unequivocally supports our Second Amendment right to bear arms."

  • Boosting 4th Congressional District’s Economy

Excerpt: "As your Congressman, Bill will be a competition advocate, will work to make sure airline regulations are fair to the consumer and CVG will once again be a boost to our economy."

Excerpt: "Bill supports farm programs and small business initiatives that will enhance the business environment for family farms."


Special Election

U.S. Representative Geoff Davis announced his resignation on July 31. Kentucky held a special election to fill Davis' seat, which he initially planned to leave at the end of this term.[7][8][9]

As required by the U.S. Constitution, Kentucky had to schedule a special election to fill the remainder of Davis' term, which ended in January 2013.[7] The election was scheduled for November 6, 2012.[10] Adkins (D) and Thomas Massie (R) were already set to vie for the next full term in the general election and squared off in the special election to finish the term as well.[7]

Campaign donors


Breakdown of the source of Adkins' campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Adkins lost election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Adkins' campaign committee raised a total of $125,286 and spent $146,884.[11]


Adkins and his wife Betty have adopted four children and have a six-year-old granddaughter.[1]

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