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|Attorney General of Kentucky|
|Hopkins County Attorney|
|2006 - Present|
P'Pool has served as Hopkins County Attorney since 2006; he claims to be the first Republican elected to a countywide office since the Civil War. He is also a partner at P'Pool, Oglesby and Riddle, PLLC, a Madisonville, KY personal injury law firm. Additionally, P'Pool supervises Commonwealth Recovery Resources, LLC, a legal collection firm, and Commonwealth Land and Title, LLC. He previously clerked at the firm of Boehl, Stopher and Graves and held a legal internship with the Fayette County Attorney in Lexington, KY.
In his spare time, P'Pool serves as President of Western Kentucky Teen Challenge, Inc., a non-profit that provides Christian ministry and life counseling services to people suffering from substance abuse. He also has a plethora of experience with political campaigns, having served as campaign manager for two state House campaigns in the 1990s and as field operator for Fletcher for Congress (1996) and Forgy for Governor (1995).
P'Pool holds an A.S. from Madisonville Community College, a B.B.A in Finance and a J.D. from the University of Kentucky. He and his wife, Shannon, reside in Madisonville with their three children.
Support for coal industry
P'Pool has made support for the Kentucky coal industry as a centerpiece of his campaign. He released a web-only video suggesting Jack Conway supported a federal bill while in the U.S. House that would implement a "cap and trade" system to limit carbon emissions, including from coal-fired power plants. Conway has repeatedly denied he supported the legislation. P'Pool has drawn attention to his family's coal mining roots on the campaign trail and criticized Conway for being "hostile to coal and support[ing] more regulations." He has also taken aim at the federal Environmental Protection Agency, claiming it "is out of control when it comes to our coal industry. I look forward to serving as ... a fire wall between the EPA and government and regulations that kill our jobs."
Opposition to "Obamacare"
Besides support for coal, P'Pool identified his distaste for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), or "Obamacare," as a primary element of his platform. P'Pool believes PPACA is an unconstitutional overreach of the federal government's authority. He announced that he would join the multi-state litigation against the law "the very first month [he's] in office." He also criticized incumbent Conway for failing to act against it, claiming that he was "very concerned that Jack Conway is absent in the fight against Obama Care."
P'Pool has stated that he wants to "lead the discussion on the drug epidemic in Kentucky" as attorney general. He has pointed to his experience as President of Western Kentucky Teen Challenge, Inc., a 60-bed drug treatment and ministry center in Dixon, KY, as evidence he has experience with drug treatment. P'Pool claimed he would make addressing drugs his "number one priority" if elected." However, P'Pool has suggested government involvement may not be the key to reducing drug abuse, claiming that "government can change laws but only God can change a man's heart, to change their life, to live free from addiction."
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- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Kentucky.com, "Conway, P'Pool to square off in attorney general's race this fall," May 18, 2011.
- ↑ Project VoteSmart, "Bio of Todd P'Pool," accessed July 12, 2011.
- ↑ Commonwealth Recovery Resources, LLC, "About CRR," accessed July 12, 2011.
- ↑ Teen Challenge of Kentucky, "Mission," accessed July 12, 2011.
- ↑ cn|2 Pure Politics, "P'Pool makes it clear that highlighting coal issues will be a key strategy against Conway," April 12, 2011.
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 The Sentinel-Echo, "P’Pool makes stop in London," December 23, 2010.
- ↑ Marshall County Daily, "Candidate for Attorney General, Todd P'Pool, makes stopover in Benton on Tuesday," March 17, 2011.