A lifelong Louisvillian, Morgan went to duPont Manual High School in JCPS. Go Crimsons!
"Louisville was a great place to grow up. I went to amazing public schools with educators who helped open a world of possibilities. Every child should have access to an excellent public school."
Morgan realized early on that he had a passion for policy and civic engagement and earned scholarships to obtain his undergraduate degree in journalism from the University of Missouri before pursuing a law degree from the University of Kentucky. As a lawyer, Morgan specializes in representing people facing discrimination and small businesses.
Morgan decided to run for office because he knew we needed a new generation of leaders in Frankfort. This meant standing up for LGBTQ rights, addressing climate change and using his firsthand experience navigating the healthcare system with premature twins to advocate for more affordable healthcare. He ran that first campaign the only way he knows how, by meeting voters where they are. He knocked on tens of thousands of doors in his first campaign and in his following reelection.
"There is nothing more impactful than listening to people in face-to-face conversations. Voters deserve to know who you are, what you care about and how you’ll deliver for them. I wore out my first pair of shoes when I initially ran for office. And then got holes in another pair during my reelect. Looking forward to wearing out a new pair door-knocking in this congressional race!"
As the Democratic leader in the KY state senate, Morgan has never shied away from the toughest fights.
"Being an effective legislator means showing up, being willing to say ‘I don’t know, what do you think?’ and most of all, listening. The only way to get things done in Frankfort is by building coalitions, standing firm on principle and then figuring out how to get good policy through the legislative process. It’s not always the work that makes headlines, but it is how we make a tangible, positive difference in people’s lives. I will bring this same approach to Congress."
Morgan and his wife Chris met in college in Missouri. They decided to raise their family in Louisville because they can’t imagine a better place for their three kids, Clara, Wilson and Greta to grow up.
"I’m a dad of three young kids and I know how hectic and challenging it is for families to find affordable childcare and balance shifting schedules, especially navigating through this pandemic. It’s a privilege that Chris is the breadwinner of our household while I’ve been in the state senate. But we need more Members of Congress who live in the day-to-day reality of being working parents."
In addition to his role as Senate Minority Leader, Morgan in his free time dabbles in playing guitar and making TikTok videos.
Voters need to understand the positive vision that Morgan McGarvey has for Louisville. It's not always easy being a proud Democrat in Kentucky. But even with Frankfort dominated by Republicans, the Democrats' leader in the State Senate—Morgan McGarvey—always fights for progressive values and never hesitates to stand up to the McConnell-Trump Republicans. No matter how long the odds, Morgan has the courage to fight for what's right. Morgan is running for Congress to oppose the extreme right-wing agenda of Mitch McConnell and National Republicans. In Congress, Morgan will tackle climate change, criminal justice reform, and build an economy that works for everyone, not just the wealthy.