Ken Fleming was first elected to the Kentucky House of Representatives in 2016, and has fought for issues to improve the quality of life. He has lived in and around District 48 most of his life; he listens and understands the issues that effect the people he has come to know. He grew up attending Wilder Elementary, Kammerer Middle and Ballard High Schools and graduated from the University of Kentucky.
Ken believes that two pillars of any community and state are economic development and education. To enhance Kentucky’s standing in these areas, he leverages his business experience and graduate courses at Bellarmine University to help shape his vision in changing Kentucky to be more competitive. After his ten years of experience in the financial field, he managed his family’s aerial surveying and mapping company as President where he restructured the company’s operations and marketing to be more competitive. He also became President of his firm’s association and pushed for U.S. infrastructure improvements, federal government efficiencies and agricultural compliance and management issues. Ken became familiar with managing and dealing with corporate and government budgets as well as the impact government has on individuals and businesses.
Ken was elected as an inaugural member of Louisville Metro Council serving twelve years from 2002 until 2014. Ken took charge on many issues through bi-partisan efforts which included ethics reform, transparency and audit legislation, advocating business friendly initiatives, supporting the 25 suburban cities he served and securing over $1 millions in his district’s infrastructure.
Ken received the Public Policy Advocate Award in 2004, given by the National Association of Women Business Owners, the Smoke Free Louisville Award in 2006, and the Celebrate Freedom Award in 2010.
As Representative he serves as the Vice-Chair of House Appropriations and Revenue committee, and is a member of the Local Government, Transportation, and Public Pension Oversight Board committees. In addition, he was recently named co-chair of the Tax Expenditures Task Force which will review, analyze and evaluate over $10 billion the state allows in tax credits, incentives, and exemptions. In his transportation position, Ken was able to secure over $50 million in funding for transportation needs in and around District 48.
Currently, Ken is the Executive Director of Kilgore Samaritan Counseling Center, a faith-sensitive, not-for-profit mental health counseling center for individuals and families. By applying his business acumen, Ken restructured the center’s operations, increased its’ marketing outreach, added personnel to handle clients’ needs, and improved grant writing efforts. Ken leveraged this healthcare experience and sponsored and passed healthcare legislation effecting law enforcement officers, healthcare providers, and 1.2 million Medicaid clients.
Ken is married to Ann and they have two adult children and a labrador retriever. He is a member of Second Presbyterian Church and enjoys flying planes, golfing, travelling, reading and spending time with his family.