Ben Chandler

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Ben Chandler
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U.S. House, Kentucky, District 6
In office
February 17, 2004-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2013
Years in position 11
Base salary$174,000
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedFebruary 17, 2004
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Kentucky State Attorney General
Kentucky State Auditor
High schoolWoodford County High School
Bachelor'sUniversity of Kentucky
J.D.University of Kentucky School of Law
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army Reserve
Years of service1967-1973
Date of birthSeptember 12, 1959
Place of birthVersailles, KY
Office website
Campaign website
Albert Benjamin "Ben" Chandler III (b. September 12, 1959) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing Kentucky's 6th congressional district. Chandler was first elected to the House in 2004 in a special election to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Rep. Ernie Fletcher.


Chandler was born in 1959 in Versailles, KY, where he also attended high school. He earned both his B.A. and J.D. from the University of Kentucky. Prior to his political career, Chandler worked as an attorney in private practice.[1]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Chandler's political career[1]:

  • Kentucky State Auditor, 1991-1995
  • Attorney General for the State of Kentucky, 1995-2003
  • U.S. House of Representatives, 6th Congressional District of Kentucky, 2004-Present

Committee Assignments

U.S. House of Representatives


Chandler serves on the following House committees[2]:


Political Positions

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

Ben Chandler voted with the Democratic Party 72.7% of the time, which ranked 182 among the 192 House Democratic members as of November 2011.[3]

Specific Votes

Rep. Chandler supported the auto bailout.[4] As of September 13, 2010: 56% of Americans disapproved of the auto bailout, while 43% supported it.[5]

In addition, Rep. Chandler voted for the stimulus bill.[6] 57% of U.S. voters believe that the stimulus has either hurt the economy (36%) or had no impact (21%). 38% believe the stimulus helped the economy. [7]

Chandler also voted in favor of the "Cash for Clunkers" bill.[8] According to a June 2009 Rasmussen Reports poll, 54% of likely U.S. voters opposed Cash for Clunkers, while 35% supported it.[9]

Finally, Chandler supported the "Cap and Trade" bill.[10] Just after the bill’s passage, 42% of likely U.S. voters said that cap and trade would hurt the economy, while 19% believed it would help. 15% said that the bill would have no impact.[11]



See also: Kentucky's 6th congressional district elections, 2012
Ben Chandler for House campaign logo.

Chandler is running in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Kentucky's 6th District. Chandler is seeking the nomination on the Democratic ticket. Candidates wishing to run were initially required to file by the signature filing deadline of January 31, 2012. However because the legislature was unable to complete new redistricting maps on time, the deadline was pushed back one week.[12] The new deadline is February 7.[13] The primary elections will be held on May 22, 2012.


On November 2, 2010, Chandler won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Garland "Andy" Barr, Republican (R), C. Wes Collins (Write-In), and Randolph S. Vance (Write-In) in the general election.[14]

U.S. House of Representatives, Kentucky's 6th Congressional District, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBen Chandler Incumbent 50.1% 119,812
     Republican Garland "Andy" Barr 49.8% 119,164
     Independent C. Wes Collins 0.1% 225
     independent Randolph S. Vance 0% 22
Total Votes 239,223

Campaign Donors


Breakdown of the source of Chandler's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Chandler won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Chandler's campaign committee raised a total of $1,674,100 and spent $2,665,906.[15]

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Chandler lives in Woodford County, Kentucky with his wife, Jennifer. The couple has three children.[16]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Ernie Fletcher
U.S. House of Representatives - Kentucky District 6
Succeeded by