Last updated on: 10/7/2016 | Author: ProCon.org

Ernest Lee Fletcher, MD Biography

Title:
Former Governor of Kentucky
Position:
Con to the question "Should Felons Who Have Completed Their Sentence (Incarceration, Probation, and Parole) Be Allowed to Vote?"
Reasoning:

“The framers of Kentucky’s Constitution from 1792 forward have consistently taken the position that commission of a felony acts deprives the person who committed the most serious of crimes of the right to vote.

I do not think that it is too much to ask of a person who knowingly committed the most serious of crimes to comply with a few simple steps to have those precious rights restored. We have an appropriate application process that requires certain recommendations and the approval of the prosecutor, and our office makes every effort to assist with the process.”

“Gubernatorial Debate: Answers to Question 10,” Internet interview, Apr. 20, 2007

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • CEO and Founder, Alton Healthcare, 2009-present
  • Director, MedPro Safety Products, 2008-present
  • Governor, Kentucky, 2003-2007
  • Former Member, National Governors Association, Southern Governors Association, Republican Governors Association
  • Former Member, Kentucky Commission on Poverty
  • Former Member, Kentucky Task Force on Higher Education
  • Candidate, US House of Representatives, KY-6th Dist (unsuccessful), 2000
  • Member, US House of Representatives, KY-6th Dist, 1998-2000
  • CEO and President, Saint Joseph Medical Foundation, 1997-1998
  • Candidate, US House of Representatives, KY-6th Dist (unsuccessful), 1996
  • Kentucky House of Representatives, 78th District, 1995-1996
  • Former Lay Minister, Baptist
  • Former Family Physician (12 years)
  • Former F-4E Aircraft Commander and NORAD Alert Force Commander, U.S. Air Force
Education:
  • MD, University of Kentucky College of Medicine, 1984
  • BS, University of Kentucky College of Engineering, 1974
Other:
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