David Williams (Kentucky) (old)

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David Williams
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Kentucky State Senate District 16
Former Officeholder
In office
1987-November 2, 2012
President, Kentucky State Senate
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected1986
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Kentucky House of Representatives
Bachelor'sUniversity of Kentucky, 1975
J.D.University of Louisville, 1977
Date of birthMay 28, 1953
Place of birthBurkesville, KY
Office website
David Lewis Williams (b. May 28, 1953) was a Republican member of the Kentucky State Senate from 1987 until November 2, 2012 representing the 16th district. Williams served in the Kentucky State House from 1985 to 1986. He served as President of the Senate from 2000 to 2012. In 2011, Williams ran for governor on a ticket with outgoing Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer, but the pair fell to incumbent Democrat Steve Beshear and his running mate, Louisville Mayor Jerry E. Abramson in the November 8 general election.

Williams operates his own private law practice in Burkesville, KY. He earned his BGA from the University of Kentucky and went on to receive his JD from the University of Louisville.

On November 2, 2012, Williams was appointed by Governor Steve Beshear as a circuit judge on the 40th judicial circuit.[1]

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Williams served on the following committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Williams served on the following committees:



See also: Kentucky gubernatorial and lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2011 and Kentucky state executive official elections, 2011


On November 8, 2011 Williams fell to Democratic incumbent Steve Beshear:

Governor and Lt. Governor of Kentucky, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Beshear and Jerry E. Abramson 55.7% 464,245
     Republican David Williams and Richie Farmer 35.3% 294,034
     Independent Gatewood Galbraith and Dea Riley 9% 74,860
Total Votes 833,139


Williams successfully sought the Republican gubernatorial nomination, beating two other contenders in the May 17, 2011 primary.

2011 Race for Governor - Republican Primary
Candidates Percentage
Barbara Holsclaw 13.80%
Phil Moffett 37.98%
Green check mark.jpg David Williams 48.22%
Total votes 142,056


See also: Kentucky State Senate elections, 2010

Williams won re-election to the 16th District Seat in the Kentucky State Senate with no opposition. He received 24,484 votes. [2]

In the May 18th primary election, Williams defeated his Republican primary opponent Denver Capps by a margin of 18,407 to 4,143.[3]

Kentucky State Senate, District 1 (2010) General Election
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png David Williams (R) 24,484 100%


On November 7, 2006, Williams was re-elected to the 16th District Seat in the Kentucky State Senate, defeating Doug Shelton (D).[4] Williams raised $156,998 for his campaign, while Shelton raised $900.[5]

Kentucky State Senate, District 16 (2006)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png David Williams (R) 21,578 71.8%
Doug Shelton (D) 8,472 28.2%

Campaign donors


Williams has raised $5,250 in 2010.[6]

His four largest contributors are:

Donor Amount
UST Inc. Executives, Administrators, and Managers PAC $1,000
Pfizer $1,000
Kentucky Credit Union League $1,000
CSX Transportation $1,000


In 2008, a year in which Williams was not up for re-election, he collected $5,900 in donations.[7]

His three largest contributors were;

Donor Amount
Kentucky Association of Health Care Facilities $1,000
United Parcel Service PAC $1,000
Merck & Co. $1,000


In 2006 Williams collected $156,998 in donations.[8]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Kentucky Optometric Association $3,000
Kentucky Society of CPAS $2,500
Branscum, Stephen $2,500
Kentucky Hospital Association $2,000

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Preceded by
Kentucky Senate District 16
1987–November 2, 2012
Succeeded by
Sara Beth Gregory (R)