jgooch 300PROVIDENCE, Ky. (1/29/18) — Rep. Jim Gooch officially filed Jan. 11 to seek re-election to the Kentucky State House’s 12th district, the Republican Party of Kentucky announced. The 12th district includes McLean and Webster Counties and parts of Daviess and Hopkins Counties.

“After careful prayer and consideration with my family, I decided to run for re-election,” Gooch said in a press release. “I’m honored to have served in the first Republican controlled government in nearly 100 years and voted to pass laws that brought in thousands of jobs and $9.2 billion in in-state investment. That being said, there’s still much left that we need to address and I’m seeking re-election to continue that good work to improve the lives of Kentuckians in the 12th District.”

Gooch attended Western Kentucky University before becoming an underground coal miner and eventually a welder. In 1982, he started his own insurance company, Gooch Insurance, and owned and operated his company until 1998. Since then, Gooch has worked for the Fraternal Life Insurance Company, Modern Woodman of America. And in addition to his service in the Kentucky House of Representatives since 1995, Gooch had also previously been elected a city councilman and the mayor of Providence.

Rep. Gooch’s service to the state also extends to his local community. He’s served as a President for the Providence Jaycees and the State Treasurer for the Kentucky Jaycees. He’s also served as the president of the Providence Chamber of Commerce, a board member of the Providence Webster County Airport Board and board member of the Webster County Economic Development Corp. Due to his contributions to his community, the Providence Chamber of Commerce recognized Gooch as the Citizen of the Year in 1990.

“Since I was first elected, I have been proud to have been a part of education reform, fighting for our coal community, and ensuring at least 50 percent of tobacco settlement funds were invested back in agriculture,” said Gooch. “Ensuring we have a capable and educated workforce along with affordable utilities have also been a priority for me. I look forward to discussing with voters my record and working with them to find more solutions to the challenges they continue to face throughout the campaign.”

Gooch and his wife of 40 years, Alta, have three children: Christy, Shawn and Michael. Gooch has also been blessed with many grandchildren.

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