Recap of the Legislative Week


Promise made, promise kept

Four years ago, Morgan told voters he would work across the aisle to get things done in Frankfort. He kept his word. He's received critically important appointments. He's successfully passed and pushed legislation. He's played an important role on big issues. He's been an eloquent voice for those who need a champion. He's earned a reputation for hard work and bipartisan cooperation. He's already been honored many times for legislative accomplishments.


Preparing for public service

After graduating from duPont Manual High School and the University of Missouri's journalism program, Morgan earned a law degree from the University of Kentucky. Early political experience came in campaigns on behalf of Ben Chandler, whose Washington congressional office he helped to open, and Jack Conway, for whom he focused on consumer protection in the attorney general's office. Morgan began his legal career at Frost, Brown, Todd in Louisville, served as an assistant attorney general in Frankfort and now practices at Morgan & Pottinger, a firm founded by his grandfather. He volunteers in the Louisville Bar Association's Domestic Violence Advocacy Program.


Morgan McGarvey

Looking Back, Looking Ahead

It's been a dynamic first term for Morgan in the state Senate, solving Kentucky's problems. He's asking District 19 for another four years in which to turn more good ideas into real progress, with bold initiatives, hard work and bipartisan cooperation.
Appointed to Gov. Matt Bevin's criminal justice reform panel, Morgan will help fix a badly broken state system. He'll continue his push for tax reform, expanded gaming, state earned income tax credit, statewide fairness law and solar energy expansion. A member of the Kentucky Retirement System Funding Work Group as the 2016 session approached, he knows more funding will be needed to make our teachers' pensions secure. Named as a freshman to the powerful Appropriations & Revenue Committee and the Budget Review Subcommittee on Human Resources, he's well-placed to be a fiscal watchdog. He serves on the crucially important Medicaid Oversight & Advisory Committee - where he will fight to protect access to health care - as well as the Banking & Insurance Committee, State & Local Government Committee and the Elections, Constitutional Amendments & Intergovernmental Affairs Task Force.
With constituent service a top priority, Morgan makes himself personally available by email and cell phone and pays careful attention to input from District 19, which is full of robust and diverse neighborhoods with great people and great history, stretching from the Highlands to Crescent Hill, Audubon Park, St. Matthews, Hikes Point, Highview, Jeffersontown, Fern Creek and beyond. Morgan himself lives in the Strathmoor area with his wife, Chris, and their twins, Wilson and Clara.


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A record of achievement


This year Morgan won help from Republican Gov. Matt Bevin and the state's county clerks in solving the nationally-publicized gay marriage license controversy, with unanimous passage of his one-form compromise. He also took the lead on bills to (1) end needless benefit delays for survivors of firefighters who die in the line of duty, (2) stop schools from penalizing students who commit early to military service and must spend up to ten days of normal school time in basic training, and (3) give the city of Louisville long-sought help in dealing with abandoned and dilapidated buildings.



Morgan won praise for bringing together a group to help break the impasse that was blocking a much-needed heroin control bill. He also pushed notable bills to adoption by the Senate and approval by the Governor: (1) creating an interlock device program for drunk drivers that provably saves lives, (2) adding outpatients to those about whose potential violent behavior mental health professionals may warn without liability, (3) putting Kentucky in line with the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act to save the state millions in child support funding, and (4) setting requirements of insolvency under the Uniform Voidable Transactions Act.


Morgan worked with Republican colleague Julie Denton to pass a human trafficking bill that allows victims a new start in life and another measure strengthening Kentucky's anti-voyeurism statutes. The Senate unanimously passed Morgan's bill to establish a method for escheat of United States savings bonds to the Commonwealth, allowing the state to take ownership of unclaimed bonds.



In only his first session Morgan tightened safety regulation of amusement and carnival rides. He played a crucial role in obtaining insurance coverage for nutritional supplements babies need after premature birth.  He served on two conference committees and was asked by the State Auditor to serve as Senate spokesman for HB1 1 – a landmark measure ensuring more oversight and accountability for the state’s more than 1,200 special taxing districts.




interlock bill

Adoption of his ignition interlock bill led to recognition as 2015 Legislator of the Year by Mothers Against Drunk Driving and a Leadership Award from the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility.


2014 Legislator
of the Year

He has been honored as the 2014 Legislator of the Year by the Brain Injury Alliance of Kentucky, received the 2015 Distinguished Public Service Award by the Kentucky Psychological Association, and was named a Most Valuable Policymaker by Greater Louisville Inc.

Rising Star

He also has been recognized for his legal work, being named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers® for the years 2013-2016. He was elected as one of the top “Forty under Forty” by Business First in 2013 and named 2016 Outstanding Young Professional by the UK College of Law.