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Alison Lundergan Grimes
Alison Grimes.jpg
Kentucky Secretary of State
In office
January 5, 2012 - Present
Term ends
Years in position 3
PredecessorElaine Walker (D)
Base salary$113,615
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 8, 2011
Campaign $$1,059,548
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sRhodes College
J.D.Washington College of Law, American University
Office website
Campaign website
Alison Lundergan Grimes is a Lexington, KY-based attorney and the current Democratic Kentucky Secretary of State. She first won election in 2011. Grimes defeated incumbent Elaine Walker in the May 17th Democratic primary and Republican businessman Bill Johnson in the November 8th general election.

Grimes announced her candidacy for the U.S. Senate seat in 2014 on July 1, 2013.[1]


Prior to her election, Grimes worked in the business litigation group of the law firm Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC. She also served for two years as President of the Women Lawyers' Association of the Fayette County Bar. Grimes volunteers on the board of directors of God's Pantry Food Bank, which works to eliminate hunger in Kentucky; she also serves as director of the Historic Woodward Heights Neighborhood Association. She earned a B.A. in Political Science from Rhodes College and her J.D. from the Washington College of Law at American University.[2]


  • JD, Washington College of Law, American University
  • BA, Political Science, Rhodes College


Kentucky Secretary of State (2012-present)

Grimes won election as Kentucky Secretary of State on November 8, 2011. She assumed office on January 5, 2012 and has served since.[3]


Ready for Hillary Super PAC

On July 31, 2013, it was reported that Lundergan Grimes's father, Jerry Lundergan, donated $25,000 to the the Ready for Hillary Super PAC, a group encouraging Clinton to run in 2016.[4] Ready for Hillary is limited donations to $25,000, even though it can accept unlimited donations as a super PAC.[5]



See also: United States Senate elections in Kentucky, 2014

Grimes is a Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in the 2014 elections. The seat is currently occupied by veteran officeholder Mitch McConnell (R), who is running for re-election.[6] Grimes announced her candidacy on July 1, 2013.[7]


McConnell v. Grimes (May 2014 - Present)
Poll Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) Ed Marksberry (I)Mitch McConnell (R)David Patterson (L)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
October 15-19, 2014
September 30 - October 2, 2014
Mellman Group
September 4-7, 2014
Public Opinion Strategies
September 1-3, 2014
Public Policy Polling
August 7-10, 2014
July 5-24, 2014
July 18-23, 2014
Gravis/Human Events
July 17-20, 2014
Voter/Consumer Research
June 22-25, 2014
Public Policy Polling
June 20-22, 2014
Public Opinion Strategies
June 14-17, 2014
Magellan Strategies
June 4-5, 2014
Rasmussen Reports
May 28-29, 2014
Wenzel Strategies
May 23-24, 2014
May 14-16, 2014
AVERAGES 44% 0.27% 45.93% 1.53% 7.6% +/-3.62 869
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org
McConnell v. Grimes (December 2013 - April 2014)
Poll Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) Ed Marksberry (I)Mitch McConnell (R)UndecidedSomeone elseMargin of ErrorSample Size
Hickman Analytics
April 24-30, 2014
Gravis Marketing/Human Events
April 15-17, 2014
Kaiser Foundation
April 8-15, 2014
Public Policy Polling
April 1-2, 2014
Wenzel Strategies
February 8-11, 2014
Survey USA
January 30-February 4, 2014
Rasmussen Reports
January 29-30, 2014
Public Policy Polling
January 24-26, 2014
Gravis Marketing/Human Events
January 2, 2014
Public Policy Polling
December 12-15, 2013
AVERAGES 42.3% 1.7% 43.4% 11.2% 1.4% +/-3.98 896.4
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org


Lundergan Grimes's July 25, 2013, ad, "The Campaign Begins"

Secretary of State Lundergan Grimes signaled the beginning of her campaign on July 25, 2013, releasing a video that invited voters to a rally in Lexington and warning Sen. Mitch McConnell that “I don’t scare easy.”[8][9][10][11]

The video, which runs nearly 4 minutes, is filmed in the same room where Grimes recorded an ad during her 2011 Secretary of State race that featured her two grandmothers writing a “commercial” for her campaign and brought her national attention. In that ad, one of her grandmothers asks, “What rhymes with Alison Lundergan Grimes?”[8] Since her July 1 announcement, McConnell’s campaign and the Kentucky GOP have accused her of going into hiding and repeatedly asked, “Where’s Alison?”[8] Grimes responds in the ad saying, "Your campaign wants to play silly games about where I am and where I stand. Well I'm right here in Kentucky senator, where I'll be holding you accountable."[12]


See also: Kentucky secretary of state election, 2011
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Secretary of State 2011 elections

Candidates for Secretary of State, 2011

Polls, 2011 Secretary of State elections

2011 Election information
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Statewide elections, 2011

National Association of Secretaries of State

Secretary of State Project

Secretary of State news headlines

Grimes announced her candidacy for Kentucky Secretary of State in the 2011 attorney general election on January 21, 2011.[13] She defeated incumbent Elaine Walker in the May 17 Democratic primary and Republican businessman Bill Johnson in the November 8 general election.

Kentucky Secretary of State, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAlison Lundergan Grimes 60.6% 494,368
     Republican Bill Johnson 39.4% 321,065
Total Votes 815,433

Secretary of State -- Democratic primary results
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda Alison Lundergan Grimes 55.25%
     Democratic Party Elaine Walker 44.75%
Total Votes 154,610


Grimes's campaign website promised to create jobs by recruiting employers and small businesses to come to Kentucky, improve the state's election system by increasing access for veterans and driving higher voter participation, and streamline the secretary of state's office's business registration process.

She also advocated increasing voter access by allowing veterans, victims of domestic violence and others to list the secretary of state's office as their residence for voter registration purposes.[14] This put her at odds with her general election opponent, Bill Johnson, who openly condemned outgoing incumbent Elaine Walker for allowing voters to register without a permanent address. Johnson argued that Walker's move could result in illegal immigrants, felons and other ineligible voters casting ballots. Grimes, who defeated Walker in the May 17 Democratic primary, defended her former opponent, declaring that "Kentuckians do not give up their rights as citizens because they are not property owners."[15]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Grimes is available dating back to 2011. Based on available campaign finance records, Grimes raised a total of $1,059,548 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 11, 2013.[16]

Alison Lundergan Grimes's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2011 Kentucky Secretary of State Won $1,059,548
Grand Total Raised $1,059,548


Ballotpedia collects information on campaign donors for each year in which a candidate or incumbent is running for election. The following table offers a breakdown of Alison Lundergan Grimes's donors each year.[17] Click [show] for more information.

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Grimes and her husband, Andrew, reside in Lexington, KY.[2]

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  1. WHAS "Grimes to challenge McConnell in 2014" Accessed July 1, 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 Kentucky Secretary of State, " Biography - Alison Lundergan Grimes," accessed March 29, 2013
  3. Project Vote Smart, "Secretary Alison Lundergan Grimes's Biography," accessed March 29, 2013
  4. Washington Post "Ickes, Granholm, Lundergan among early donors to pro-Hillary super PAC" Accessed August 2, 2013
  5. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named pac
  6. Public Policy Polling, "McConnell remains extremely unpopular," April 9, 2013
  7. WHAS "Grimes to challenge McConnell in 2014" Accessed July 1, 2013
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Courier Journal "Alison Lundergan Grimes tells Mitch McConnell 'I don't scare easy' in video" Accessed July 26, 2013
  9. Politico "Alison Lundergan Grimes to Mitch McConnell: ‘I don’t scare easy’" Accessed July 26, 2013
  10. Policy Mic.com "Alison Lundergan Grimes: McConnell's New Attack Ad is Straight Out Of Bizarro World" Accessed July 26, 2013
  11. NY Daily News "VIDEO: ‘What rhymes with Mitch?’ Alison Lundergan Grimes gives McConnell a taste of his own medicine in as the Kentucky Senate Race heats up with new ad" Accessed July 26, 2013
  12. WUKY "Alison Lundergan Grimes Calls Mitch McConnell's Leadership Spiteful, Petty in Kick-Off Ad" Accessed July 26, 2013
  13. Bowling Green Daily News, "Lexington attorney to face Walker in race," January 21, 2011.
  14. Louisville Courier-Journal, "2011 Voter Guide -- Secretary of State," accessed July 15, 2011.
  15. Cincinnati.com, "Grimes’ campaign says homeless have a right to vote," July 6, 2011.
  16. Follow the Money, "Career fundraising for Alison Lunergran Grimes," accessed July 11, 2013
  17. Follow the Money.org, "Home," accessed February 17, 2015
Political offices
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Elaine Walker (D)
Kentucky Secretary of State
2012 - present
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