Sen. Ralph Alvarado selected as one of GOPAC's 2015 Emerging Leaders in Republican Party

04/29/2015 04:00 PM

FRANKFORT — First-term Sen. Ralph Alvarado has been named one of GOPAC’s Class of 2015 Emerging Leaders following his first session in the General Assembly.

The Emerging Leaders program is a yearlong initiative to coach and develop state legislators around the country on how to be effective legislative and political leaders.

GOPAC Chairman David Avella said that Alvarado will join 21 other members of this year’s class at a summit June 8-11 where they will take part in skill seminars that will give them the tools to be effective political leaders.

“They will be in skills seminars on how to give a speech, how to conduct an interview, how to raise money, how to build a political base outside your district,” Avella said. “They’ll hear from policy experts.”

Avella stated while the summit kicks things off, it’s actually a yearlong program.

Alvarado, R-Winchester, was nominated by Senate Majority Floor Damon Thayer, who admitted that there were number of reasons why Alvarado deserved the recommendation.

“His tenaciousness, that’s one of the reasons he won last year,” said Thayer, R-Georgetown. “If you look at his body of work in one session of the General Assembly, you can see that he’s bringing to bear a set of experiences and education that we don’t have before this in our caucus.”

Alvarado, called the distinction of being one of GOPAC’s Emerging Leaders humbling.

Alvarado spoke about how recent changes in health laws sparked his interest in politics and, as the only Hispanic lawmaker in Kentucky, how the Republican Party appeals to Latinos.

“You know, these are people who work hard, that immigrate to a country for the opportunity,” Alvarado said. “And I think it’s important that they understand that our party is a party that’s going to embrace those same ideals.”

Alvarado is a physician with KentuckyOne Health Medical Group and also serves in a leadership capacity as a Regional Medical Director, Board Members, and Chairman of the Finance Committee for KentuckyOne Health Medical Group.

In addition, Alvarado is a member of the American College of Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Medical Association and Clark County Medical Society, and a member and alternate delegate for the Kentucky Medical Association.

Sen. Chris McDaniel, R-Taylor Mill, is a member of GOPAC’s Class of 2014 Emerging Leaders.

Don Weber

Don Weber is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News and covers politics and education on Pure Politics, Kentucky’s only nightly program dedicated to state politics. Don is a lifelong Kentuckian and a graduate of Northern Kentucky University. He spent many years covering sports in the Northern Kentucky area before shifting primarily to politics. You can watch Don’s work weeknights at 7:00 and 11:30 on Pure Politics, available exclusively on Spectrum News, HD Channels 403 and 715. If you have a story idea you can reach Don at donald.weber@charter.com.

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