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Jack Conway (politician) : biography

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John WilliamJackConway (born July 5, 1969) is an American politician from Kentucky. Conway is a Democrat and has served as the Attorney General of Kentucky since 2008. Prior to his election as attorney general, he was a candidate in the 2002 U.S. House of Representatives election for , narrowly losing to Anne Northup.

Conway was the Democratic nominee in the 2010 U.S. Senate election, seeking the seat of the retiring Republican Senator Jim Bunning. He lost the general election to Republican nominee Rand Paul November 2, 2010. Conway won re-election to a second term as Attorney General in 2011 with over 55% of the vote. He is ineligible to run for a third term as Attorney General in 2015 due to term limits.

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Conway at Fancy Farm 2011

In 2007, Conway became the Democratic nominee for attorney general of Kentucky after winning the primary with 71.8 percent of the vote against former assistant attorney general Robert Bullock. Conway won the general election on November 6, 2007, against his Republican opponent, Lexington State Representative Stan Lee, with 60.5 percent to 39.5 percent.

As attorney general Conway created a cybercrimes unit and forensics laboratory that prosecutes internet crimes and trains prosecutors and police officers. Conway led a state investigation into price gouging at Kentucky gasoline stations before Hurricane Ike made landfall in September 2008, resulting in seven stations paying settlements. He also prosecuted Medicaid fraud cases and renegotiated gas rates increases.

In August, 2009, Conway launched the Prescription Drug Diversion Task Force, targeting prescription drug trafficking, overprescribing physicians, and illegal out-of-state pharmacies. The Task Force also conducted police training statewide.

In November 2009, Conway asked Governor Steve Beshear to set execution dates for three men on death row. This was criticized by opponents of the death penalty. The Kentucky Supreme Court decided to stay executions until the Kentucky Department of Corrections follows mandatory administrative procedures.

Political views

A review of Conway's public statements over the last decade by the Louisville Courier-Journal found that while he does have liberal views on some issues such as reproductive rights and health-care reform, his outlook is conservative or moderate on others, including the death penalty and gay marriage. He told the interviewer, "I consider myself a political moderate. Fiscally, I can be pretty conservative. I'm pretty conservative, I think, on the 2nd Amendment" to the Constitution, guaranteeing the right to bear arms."

Abortion

Conway supports legalized abortion that "should be as rare as possible, but should be kept safe and legal." He opposes late-term abortion, and opposes a constitutional amendment to ban abortion. In his October 25, 2010 debate with Rand Paul, he reiterated his earlier statement that abortion should be rare but also safe and legal.

Civil liberties

In 2002, Conway expressed support for some provisions of the Patriot Act. In 2010, he expressed satisfaction that the act had been amended to provide more judicial restraint of surveillance by federal agents.

Energy policy

Conway opposes "cap and trade" legislation favored by the administration of Barack Obama, but stated he could support a version that includes protections for coal industry and consumers of Kentucky. Replying to a Daily Kos question about green house gas regulation by the Environmental Protection Agency, Conway stated, "I would prefer Congress to pass legislation that addresses climate change instead of having the EPA regulate greenhouse gas emissions. I also support energy conservation such as retrofitting buildings to be more energy efficient, and pursuing advanced energy technology like carbon capture and sequestration." In a letter written by Conway to the Environmental Protection Agency, he stated that "Coal is an integral part of Kentucky's economy and an important domestic energy resource" and that he supported "environmentally-conscious mining and [was] concerned that a series of new waivers to existing regulations [would] lead to the potential for abuse or arbitrary enforcement".

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