Politics & Government

Lexington attorney Luke Morgan considers GOP bid for Kentucky attorney general

FRANKFORT — Luke Morgan, a Lexington attorney with a lengthy résumé in trial court and state administrative hearings, is considering whether to seek the Republican nomination for attorney general in 2015.

Morgan, 51, said Tuesday he had not set a deadline to make a decision other than the 4 p.m. Jan. 27 filing deadline for all state constitutional offices.

The attorney general is the state's chief law enforcement official.

Several Republican leaders, including U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, have acknowledged that it is important for the GOP to field a credible candidate for attorney general as the party seeks to retake the governor's mansion. Some think the last Republican governor, Ernie Fletcher, was hounded unfairly by then-attorney general Greg Stumbo, a Democrat, over a state hiring scandal.

During a telephone interview, Morgan said that he had heard people talking about his possible campaign and that he was honored to be considered.

Louisville attorney Andy Beshear, a Democrat and the son of Gov. Steve Beshear, 37, filed last month for attorney general. He is only candidate to do so and has raised nearly $1.5 million for the race.

Attorney General Jack Conway of Louisville cannot run again because of term limits. Conway is seeking the Democratic nomination for governor next year.

Morgan said Andy Beshear's "fundraising and access to money will have no impact" on his decision whether to run for attorney general.

"What's most important to me is my family's consideration," he said.

The next attorney general, Morgan said, would need to be someone with real-life experience in the courtroom, in law enforcement and representing the state.

Morgan's biography on the website of the law firm McBrayer, McGinnis, Leslie and Kirkland said he has tried 148 cases before juries throughout the state.

It also said Morgan has represented various state agencies, including the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission and Department of Agriculture, in administrative hearings.

He also has represented clients facing charges from state agencies such as the Executive Branch Ethics Commission, Department of Alcohol Beverage Control and Department of Charitable Gaming.

Morgan was an assistant Fayette Commonwealth's attorney from 1990 to 1993, an assistant state attorney general from 1993 to 2004m and general counsel of the state Justice and Public Safety Cabinet from 2004 to 2006.

He graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 1989, after receiving a bachelor's degree in 1985 from the University of Illinois.