Prunty 11 20BELTON, Ky. (11/20/19) — Kentucky Rep. Melinda Gibbons Prunty filed for re-election today for the 2020 House District 15 seat at the Secretary of State's Office in Frankfort. She seeks a third term to represent Muhlenberg County and southeast Hopkins County.

“Under Republican leadership in the General Assembly, Kentucky has seen tremendous growth, especially here in the west,” Gibbons Prunty said. “I’m proud to have played a role in reinvigorating our economy, advocating for our veterans, and making Kentucky the most pro-life state in the nation. But despite all of this success, there’s still much work left to be done and that’s why I’m running for re-election.”

A resident of Muhlenberg County since 1984, she graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor of Health Science in Physical Therapy. She also received her master’s in Theological Studies from St. Meinrad Seminary in 2010.

Prior to retiring June 2016, the representative served as director of the office for youth ministry in the Diocese of Owensboro for nearly 20 years. Among the projects she was instrumental in making a reality was the purchasing and creation of the Gasper River Catholic Youth Camp and Retreat Center near Bowling Green. Prior to working for the Diocese, she worked as a physical therapist for multiple health care facilities including Muhlenberg Community Hospital Home Health Services.

In addition to her professional career and time in elected office, Gibbons Prunty has dedicated much of her life to community service, according to a press release. She has served on her Church’s parish council, a catechist, choir member and acted as volunteer youth ministry coordinator. She was instrumental in getting a local chapter of the American Heart Association started in Muhlenberg County, is a member of the Greater Muhlenberg County and Hopkins County Chambers of Commerce, Friends of Lake Malone and served on the planning committee for Vision 20/20 as a community connector.

“My service in the State House has been dedicated to the local needs of my community from fighting for more funding for our roads to improving adoption services to defending the lives of the unborn,” said Rep. Gibbons Prunty. “Those are the values that I campaigned on the first time I ran for office and those are the values that I will continue to advocate for in the General Assembly. I look forward to getting back out on the campaign trail and speaking with voters about the concerns they have and working to find a solution.”

Gibbons Prunty is vice-chair of the Health and Family Services Committee and serves as a member of the Appropriations and Revenue, Education, Natural Resources and Energy, Medicaid Oversight and Advisory Committees as well as vice-chair of the Budget Review Subcommittee on Health and Family Services. In addition, she served on the House Adoption and Foster Care Workgroup in 2017 and currently serves on the Kentucky Colon Cancer Screening Advisory Committee.

Together with her husband, Dr. Marshall “Eddie” Prunty, Gibbons Prunty has three children and eight grandchildren.

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