Sen. Alvarado tapped for primetime speaking role at RNC

07/14/2016 08:41 PM

State Sen. Ralph Alvarado has been added to the primetime line up of speakers at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

Alvarado, R-Winchester, will speak on Wednesday night around 9 p.m., according to the Republican Party of Kentucky.

“It is an honor to be asked to speak at the convention and to represent Kentucky on the national stage,” Alvarado said in a statement. “I strongly believe that the Republican Party is the party of opportunity for voters of all backgrounds, especially Hispanics.

“I plan to talk about my story as a public servant striving to make my state and nation a land of opportunity for anyone willing to work hard and persevere.”

Alvarado, a doctor who defeated former Senate Minority Floor Leader R.J. Palmer in 2014, is already in the host city serving as a member of the party’s rules committee.

With his win in 2014, Alvarado became the first Hispanic elected into state office in Kentucky, according to the RPK.

The Winchester doctor serves as the vice chairman of the Health and Welfare Committee in Kentucky’s state Senate.

“My background in medicine and small business ownership has taught me what government can do to help, and more often hurt, people who are trying to create jobs and provide medical services in our country,” Alvarado continued in the statement. “I am strongly committed to policies that protect the doctor-patient relationship, and ensure better health outcomes for everyone.”

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell also has a speaking role at the national convention.


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