About Col

Dedicated Community Member Working to Move Kentucky Forward

I have spent my professional and personal careers working to improve the lives of others. Now I want to continue that service as State Representative for House District 69. I will work hard to earn the trust and support of district residents.

Born and raised in Kenton County, I graduated from Dixie Heights High School. I attended Harvard College on scholarship. After graduating I studied at Harvard Divinity School, then graduated from Boston University School of Law. I have been back in Kentucky since completing my education.

Government provides essential services that improve our lives.  I believe that education, health care, and jobs are among the most important.  I have had extensive experience in these areas, and will put that experience to work for Kentucky.

For 30 years, I worked as a Senior Attorney for the Legal Aid Society of Southwest Ohio. Prior to that I worked in private practice in Northern Kentucky and with Legal Aid in Lexington. Throughout my career I advocated for the working poor.

I have always believed in the primacy of education. Elected to the Board of Education for Covington Independent Public Schools in 1993, I served for 16 years, chairing the Board several times. I focused on student achievement, parent involvement, and support services. During my tenure test scores improved. I taught at University of Cincinnati College of Law for 20 years, and now teach at Northern Kentucky University Chase College of Law. I also served on the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence and the Kentucky School Boards Association Board of Directors.

Another priority for my work has been health care. At their invitation I served on health care reform committees for both Gov. Ted Strickland and Gov. John Kasich. I have always worked with members of both parties, for example, to implement the Medicaid expansion in Ohio. I presently serve on the Board of Directors of Kentucky Voices for Health, and previously chaired the Board of Trustees for the Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati.

Throughout my career I was active with the United Way of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. I served on numerous committees, and continue to serve on the Kentucky and Ohio Public Policy Committees. The United Way recognized my service with the Outstanding Community Impact Award in 2007, and as one of 100 Heroes at its Gathering of Heroes Centennial in 2015.