Trey Grayson commits to lead Northern Ky. Chamber for at least 5 years before considering political run

06/02/2014 07:22 PM

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS – Former Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson, who was officially introduced as the next Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce president Monday, says he will spend at least five years in that job before even considering another political run.

Grayson officially takes over the chamber on July 1.

Grayson, who served as secretary of state from 2004 to 2011, spent the last three years as director of the Institute of Politics at Harvard University. Grayson told Pure Politics that the job requires a commitment of between five and ten years.

“Somewhere down the road, and I emphasize down the road, I wouldn’t mind running again but I committed to the chamber that I would be focused on this and I think that this is a five to 10 year endeavor to get the chamber and our community where it needs to go and I’m committed to that,” Grayson said. “And, if I maneuver to try to increase political viability in the future, I would probably do a horrible job in this position.”

In an exclusive interview with Pure Politics, Grayson also addressed a number of economic issues facing Northern Kentucky, including the impending closing of the Toyota headquarters, the growing heroin problem in the region, the decline of flights at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport as well as the spending practices of the airport board.

You can catch all of Grayson’s comments on Tuesday’s edition of Pure Politics at 7:00 p.m. EST and 11:30 p.m. on cn|2.

About Don Weber

Don Weber joined cn|2 when it launched back in May 2010 and soon became a reporter for Pure Politics. He is a graduate of Northern Kentucky University and has spent many years covering everything from politics to sports. Don says he loves meeting new people everyday as part of his job and also enjoys the fact that no two days are the same when he comes to work. Don Weber can be reached at


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