Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is Kentucky's 76th Secretary of State and youngest female Secretary of State in the nation.
Secretary Grimes has never backed away from a challenge because of her deep conviction for standing up for what is right. Her lifelong passion is to give a voice to the voiceless. She learned the value of public service at an early age by helping to take people to the polls on election day and by volunteering with her family, including distributing Thanksgiving dinners to the homeless.
Before beginning her career in public service, Secretary Grimes provided free legal help to victims of domestic violence. As a successful business attorney, she helped businesses open and expand, allowing them to create jobs and foster economic growth. Secretary Grimes has always worked to increase opportunities for every Kentuckian.
As Secretary of State, Grimes has helped modernize and streamline government services
to make sure Kentucky’s doors are truly open for small businesses. Her efforts, which include a nationally-recognized one-stop business portal, are helping businesses spend less time interacting with government and more time creating jobs and giving back to their communities. More than 150,000 new businesses have been started under Secretary Grimes' administration
Secretary Grimes has worked tirelessly to break down barriers to the ballot box. She implemented online voter registration
for every Kentuckian and has ushered in historic new laws that protect the voting rights of victims of domestic violence and absentee voters. Her efforts have maintained the integrity of elections and saved counties thousands of dollars. She has been a steadfast advocate for the restoration of voting rights for Kentucky’s non-violent felons who have served their sentences and paid their debts to society. Notably, Secretary Grimes' recommendations for improving the state’s military voting procedures were signed into law as Kentucky’s first-ever Military Heroes Voting Initiative
, ensuring that military members can receive their ballots electronically and have a sufficient time to vote.
Secretary Grimes received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, where she served as a trustee to the Board of Directors. She obtained her law degree, graduating with honors, from American University, Washington College of Law, in Washington, DC. Secretary Grimes lives with her husband, Andrew, in Lexington, Kentucky.