Sen. Ralph Alvarado makes impact during his first year in the General Assembly

04/30/2015 07:30 PM

FRANKFORT — Freshman Republican state Sen. Ralph Alvarado, who defeated former Senate Minority Floor Leader R.J. Palmer in the fall of 2014, hit the ground running when he arrived in Frankfort.

Alvarado, a physician and Winchester Republican, worked on various pieces of legislation related to the medical field during the 2015 session, including a bill that passed which makes it easier for Kentuckians to be screened for colorectal cancer.

Alvarado’s interest in running for the Senate to begin with was related to his interest in medical tort reform.

“If you really want to reduce the cost of healthcare, you’re going to have to let doctors feel secure using their own judgement,” Alvarado said. “Right now, what we’ve got is a society that’s relying on tests, we want more radiology studies, we want more and more labs. We don’t want to rely on our doctors and their judgments and opinions.”

Alvarado has caught the eye of Republicans around the country as he was named as one of 22 from around the country to GOPAC’s Class of 2015 Emerging Leaders Program.

Earlier this month, Alvarado introduced U.S. Sen. Rand Paul in Louisville when he announced that he was running for president.

Alvarado says that he’s open to possibly more political runs down the road.

“If people around you call you to do something, if your colleagues, if your party, if your community, if your country, we have somewhat of a duty to respond to those calls,” Alvarado said. “It’s public service for me. I would make more money being back in my practice and not doing this.”

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