On Tuesday, November 5, voters in Kentucky ousted the incumbent Republic governor who was supported by President Trump. In 2016, Trump carried the state by 30 percentage points.
But voters in Kentucky also elected the first Republican in 70 years to serve as attorney general. Daniel Cameron is the first African American in history to be elected individually to statewide office in Kentucky.
Cameron grew up in Hardin County, Kentucky. He played football at the University of Louisville. After completing his undergraduate degree, Cameron remained at the university to earn a juris doctorate. In law school, Cameron was a member of its law review and president of the Student Bar Association. At the conclusion of his third year, Cameron was selected as the law school’s most outstanding student.
After graduating from law school, Cameron served as a law clerk to Gregory Van Tatenhove, a United States District Court Judge for the Eastern District of Kentucky. He later served as general counsel to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.