Alison Lundergan Grimes

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Alison Lundergan Grimes
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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
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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

Political career

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]



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.[4] Grimes announced her candidacy on July 1, 2013.[5]

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See also: Kentucky secretary of state election, 2011

Grimes announced her candidacy for Kentucky Secretary of State in the 2011 attorney general election on January 21, 2011.[6] 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.[7] 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."[8]

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.[9]

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


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

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Preceded by
Elaine Walker (D)
Kentucky Secretary of State
2012 - present
Succeeded by