|U.S. House, Kentucky, District 4|
|Bachelor's||Cumberland College (1996)|
|J.D.||Chase Law School (1999)|
|Place of birth||Letcher County, Kentucky|
- 1996: Cumberland College
- 1999: Chase Law School
Adkins was defeated by Republican Thomas Massie. Adkins ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Kentucky's 4th District. Adkins won the nomination on the Kentucky ticket.  Adkins defeated Greg Frank in the Democratic primary. He facedDavid Lewis (I) and Thomas Massie (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.
|U.S. House, Kentucky District 4 General Election, 2012|
|Source: Kentucky Board of Elections "2012 General Election Official Vote Totals"|
|Kentucky's 4th Congressional District Democratic Primary, 2012|
Adkins is 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 has stated that the Republican party's division between traditional candidates and tea party candidates might play to his advantage in the 4th District Elections.
The following are issues highlight by Bill Adkins on his campaign website.
- 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."
- Adkins was endorsed by Northern Kentucky AFL-CIO Central Labor Council in the Democratic primary.
As required by the U.S. Constitution, Kentucky had to schedule a special election to fill the remainder of Davis' term, which ends in January 2013. The election was scheduled for November 6, 2012. Adkins (D) and Thomas Massie (R) are already set to vye for the next full term in the general election and will square off in the special election to finish the term as well.
|U.S. House, Kentucky, District 4, 2012 - Bill Adkins Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Winner||$1,064,631|
|Total Spent by Election Winner||$941,562|
|Top contributors to Bill Adkins's campaign committee|
|Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers||$10,000|
|United Auto Workers||$6,000|
|Communications Workers of America||$2,500|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Building Trade Unions||$13,500|
|Civil Servants/Public Officials||$1,500|
Adkins and his wife Betty have adopted four children and have a six-year-old granddaughter.
- Campaign website
- Twitter account
- Facebook page
- Bill Adkins' Vote Smart Profile
- Bill Adkins' Linkedin Profile
- Bill Adkins for Congress "Meet Bill" Accessed March 15, 2012
- Politico "2012 Election Map, Kentucky"
- Kentucky State Board of Elections "Candidate Filings" Accessed January 23, 2012
- WLKY "Election Results" Accessed May 22, 2012
- Cincinnati.com "Adkins believes he can overcome challenges of a conservative district"
- Campaign Website
- NYK.com "Political Notes:The Northern Kentucky AFL-CIO Central Labor Council announces endorsements" Accessed March 15, 2012
- Courier Journal "Geoff Davis resigns from Congress, cites family health issue," July 31, 2012
- Washington Post "Republican Rep. Geoff Davis of Kentucky resigns, cites a family health issue," July 31, 2012
- Politico "Rep. Geoff Davis resigns from Congress," July 31, 2012
- Roll Call "Breaking: Geoff Davis Resigns From Congress," July 31, 2012
- OpenSecrets "2012 Election" Accessed March 23, 2013