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Savannah Maddox
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Maddox in 2022
Member of the Kentucky House of Representatives
from the 61st district
Assumed office
January 1, 2019
Preceded byBrian Linder
Personal details
Born (1987-11-02) November 2, 1987 (age 35)
Kentucky, U.S.[1]
Political partyRepublican
Spouse
Eldon Maddox
(m. 2008)
Children2
EducationNorthern Kentucky University (BA)
Websitesavannahforgovernor.com

Savannah Lee Maddox (born November 2, 1987) is an American politician.[2] She is a Republican and represents District 61 containing Grant County, Gallatin County, and parts of Kenton and Boone Counties in the Kentucky House of Representatives.[3] She is viewed as one of the General Assembly’s most far-right members.[4][5][6]

Early life and career

Maddox received a B.A. in History & International Relations from Northern Kentucky University.[2][1] After an internship with U.S. Representative Geoff Davis, she worked for theUniversity of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Services.[7][2] In 2016, she worked on U.S. Senator Rand Paul's reelection campaign.[2]

Kentucky House of Representatives

Maddox is viewed as one of the General Assembly’s most far-right members.[4][5][6] She is often the only, or one of the only two, votes against appropriations bills in the 100-member Kentucky House of Representatives.[8]

2019

Maddox was first elected to the 2019 Kentucky House of Representatives in the 2018 election, when she defeated Grant County Judge/executive Darrell Link by 5,000 votes (36%) in the general election.[2]

Maddox supported the passage of Senate Bill 150, which legalized --without a separate permit or training-- constitutional concealed carry for legal gun owners in Kentucky.[9][10] The bill was opposed by the Kentucky Fraternal Order of Police, by the Louisville Metro Police Department, and by the Kentucky Sheriff's Association, who said identifying who is carrying a gun is safer for police and citizens, and opponents to the controversial law were concerned that removing training requirements to conceal and carry a gun would result in untrained people carrying concealed firearms.[11][12][13][9] But the bill was endorsed by the NRA.[12] It was signed into law in October 2019, and Maddox, along with Governor Matt Bevin, was awarded the .50 Caliber Freedom Award from the National Association for Gun Rights for her work in passing the legislation.[9]

2020

Maddox introduced House Bill 321 in January 2020, which died in committee. It would have made it a felony for a doctor to perform a surgery or prescribe a medication to a minor intending to alter the child's gender.[14][15]

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Maddox was an opponent of Governor Andy Beshear's emergency orders that were an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19, calling them acts of "tyranny."[16] In 2020 Maddox sought to restrict the governor’s ability to enact a state of emergency, but the measure that she proposed failed to advance.[17][18] Beshear said his actions saved lives, and that they reflected guidance from Donald Trump's White House Coronavirus Task Force.[19]

Maddox’s connection to armed militia groups who organized certain protests generated controversy, as did her posting of photos of herself with white supremacists.[20][21] Kentucky State House Democrats called on Republican leaders to formally censure Maddox after protestors from a local far-right anti-government militia Three Percenters Chapter that she had taken pictures with hung governor Beshear in effigy outside the state capitol in 2020.[22] She had made comments about Beshear after a protest, that she did not personally attend, which the Democrats said encouraged the protestors to escalate their tactics.[22][23] House Democrats also criticized Maddox for tweets she made in 2014 and 2015 in which she criticized Jews, Muslims, and then-President Barack Obama.[24] Former Republican gubernatorial candidate William Woods led a petition effort calling for her to resign, saying of Maddox: “She has done nothing to help Kentuckians. She has not done her job. She has not even tried to work with Governor Andy Beshear. There is no place in our party or in Kentucky for that matter for the hate that she is spewing."[20]

2021-present

Maddox proposed House Bill 28 in January 2022, which was defeated in the Senate Committee on Health and Welfare chaired by State Senator Ralph Alvarado.[25][26] As she proposed it, it would have banned private employers and state government, local governments, and state colleges from forcing employees or applicants to disclose whether or not they have received any COVID-19 vaccine shots.[27] The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce opposed HB 28.[28][29]  An amended narrowed version of the bill--which was narrowed to exclude private employers--cleared the House State Government Committee in March 2022, and passed in the House.[30]

In February 2022, she was the only House committee member to vote against House Bill 196, also known as the Ava Grace Jenkins Law after a Kentucky 2-year-old who drowned in a neighbor's pool.[31]

2023 gubernatorial campaign

On June 6, 2022, Maddox announced that she would run in the 2023 Kentucky gubernatorial election.[32] In her announcement video, she criticized Beshear's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, and fellow Republicans for not challenging the governor's emergency orders.[33] In the primary, she is running against a number of Kentucky Republicans, including former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Kelly Craft, state Attorney General Daniel Cameron, state Auditor Mike Harmon, and state Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarless.[34] As of November 2022, she was reported to have raised $210,795.91 for her campaign.[35]

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Maddox married Eldon Maddox in 2008, and they have two children.[2][36] She attends an evangelical Christian church in Williamstown, Kentucky.[2][37]

Source: "Savannah Maddox", Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, (2022, November 25th), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Savannah_Maddox.

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