Carroll Hubbard
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kentucky's 1st district
In office
January 3, 1975 – January 3, 1993
Preceded byFrank Stubblefield
Succeeded byThomas Barlow
Member of the Kentucky Senate
In office
Personal details
Born (1937-07-07) July 7, 1937 (age 84)
Murray, Kentucky, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic (before 2019)
Republican (2019–present)
Spouse(s)Wilda Hubbard
Alma materGeorgetown College (BA)
University of Louisville (JD)
Military service
Branch/serviceKentucky Air National Guard
Kentucky Army National Guard
Years of service1962–1967 (Air)
1968–1970 (Army)

Carroll Hubbard Jr. (born July 7, 1937) is an American politician and attorney who represented Kentucky in the United States House of Representatives from 1975 to 1993.

Education and military service

Hubbard graduated from Georgetown College in 1959 and from the University of Louisville law school in 1962. In 1967, he was elected to serve in the Kentucky Senate.[1] He served in the Kentucky Air National Guard from 1962-67 and the Kentucky Army National Guard from 1968–70.


Hubbard served in Congress for 18 years, during which he mounted an unsuccessful primary challenge for governor in 1979.[2]

In 1983, Hubbard was invited to South Korea to attend a celebration of the 30th anniversary of the United States–South Korea Mutual Defense Treaty with three fellow members of Congress, including Larry McDonald and Senator Jesse Helms. Hubbard and Helms planned to meet with McDonald to discuss how to join McDonald on the Korean Air Lines Flight 007. However, as the delays mounted, instead of joining McDonald, Hubbard at the last minute gave up on the trip, canceled his reservations, and accepted a Kentucky speaking engagement. The flight was later shot down by the Soviet Union killing all passengers and crew.[3]


He lost his 1992 re-election bid in the Democratic primary to Thomas Barlow after becoming one of a number of Representatives embroiled in the "Rubbergate" House banking scandal.[4][5][6] After he pleaded guilty to violations of federal campaign finance laws, Hubbard served two years in prison from 1995 to 1997.[7] His wife Carol Brown Hubbard, was convicted of using her husbands' congressional aides to work on her failed campaign for Congress. She was sentenced to five years' probation.[8]

Post-congressional campaigns

In 2006 and 2008, Hubbard was unsuccessful in attempts to seek election to the Kentucky Senate. He lost by 58 votes in the 2006 race.[9][10]

Hubbard announced that he was changing his party affiliation to Republican, due to developments in the Democratic Party in recent years.[11]

In January 2020, he filed to run for the Kentucky House of Representatives against Republican incumbent Steven Rudy. Hubbard lost the primary to Rudy by a wide margin.[12] Rudy will face Democratic candidate Corbin Snardon in the general election.[13]

Personal life

During a grandparent's visitation case, Hubbard mailed a photograph of the opposing counsel and her wife with a homophobic slur written on it. The fallout from that incident resulted in five counts of misconduct including lying under oath about the incident. The Kentucky Supreme Court suspended him from the practice of law for sixty days.[14]

In October 2019, Hubbard was found to be practicing law without a license as he had failed to complete the continuing education credits associated with the suspension.[15] Hubbard was ultimately permanently disbarred as a consequence of the incident.[16]

See also


  1. ^ "Carroll Hubbard announces for Representative's seat". Kentucky New Era. Associated Press. January 2, 1974. Retrieved March 31, 2010.
  2. ^ Sy Ramsey (Associated Press) (May 30, 1979). "Brown wins whirlwind campaign". Kentucky New Era. Retrieved March 31, 2010.
  3. ^ Farber, Stephen (1988-11-27), "TELEVISION; Why Sparks Flew in Retelling the Tale of Flight 007", The New York Times, retrieved 2009-08-24
  4. ^ "Overdraft records burn incumbents". The Ledger. Associated Press. May 28, 1992. Retrieved March 31, 2010.
  5. ^ "Former Congressman reports to US prison hospital in Texas". Kentucky New Era. Associated Press. January 3, 1995. Retrieved March 31, 2010.
  6. ^ "Two lose seats over check scandal". The Register-Guard. Associated Press. May 27, 1992. Retrieved March 31, 2010.
  7. ^ "Hubbard rebuilds life after prison". Kentucky New Era. Associated Press. August 5, 1998. Retrieved March 31, 2010.
  8. ^ Toni Locy (July 1, 1994). "Ex-Representative's Wife Given Five Years' Probation". The Washington Post. Retrieved October 4, 2015.
  9. ^ Beth Musgrave (November 5, 2008). "Stein moves up to Senate with big win". Lexington Herald-Leader. Retrieved March 31, 2010.
  10. ^ "State elections board certifies election results". Kentucky New Era. Associated Press. November 28, 2006. Retrieved March 31, 2010.
  11. ^ Staff report (September 28, 2019). "Former U.S. Congressman Hubbard to switch parties". The Paducah Sun. Retrieved December 16, 2019.
  12. ^ "Tuesday election results you may have missed". Forward Kentucky. July 1, 2020. Retrieved July 1, 2020.
  13. ^ Fuller, Leanne; Gangemella, Rebecca (January 8, 2020). "Local middle school assistant principal among candidates running for Kentucky House seats". WPSD Local 6. Retrieved April 17, 2020.
  14. ^ Robert, Amanda (April 22, 2019). "Former congressman suspended for lying about 'ugly lesbians' comment". ABA Journal. Retrieved December 16, 2019.
  15. ^ Yu, Chris (January 31, 2020). "Carroll Hubbard 'shocked' he was practicing law with suspended license". WPSD Local 6. Retrieved April 17, 2020.
  16. ^
U.S. House of Representatives Preceded byFrank Stubblefield Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Kentucky's 1st congressional district1975 – 1993 Succeeded byThomas Barlow