FOCUS AREAS: Access to healthcare, local public health, children’s health, smoke-free lifestyle, disease prevention
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PROFILE: Ben Chandler is the president and CEO of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. He has been in this position since mid-2016. He is from Woodford County and previously served as the executive of the Kentucky Humanities Council. He also served as a Democrat representing Kentucky's 6th U.S. Congressional District, as state auditor, and as attorney general.
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Named President and CEO of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky in 2016, Ben Chandler has returned to lead the Foundation he helped bring about. As Kentucky Attorney General, Ben won a $45 million settlement from one of Kentucky’s largest insurance companies; that funding was used to create the Foundation in 2001.
Ben practiced law with Brown, Todd & Heyburn, and later with Reeves & Graddy before beginning a career in public service. His state service included one term as Kentucky State Auditor (1992-1995), and two terms as Attorney General (1995-2003).
In February 2004, Ben was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, where he served Kentucky’s 6th Congressional District until the 112th Congress adjourned in January 2013. He was Executive Director of the Kentucky Humanities Council from 2013 to 2016.
An eighth-generation Woodford Countian, Ben earned a B.A. in history, graduating with distinction from the University of Kentucky, and a J.D. from the University of Kentucky College of Law. He studied at the University of London and Trinity College in Dublin, including an internship in the British Parliament.