Larry J. Hopkins
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Kentucky's 6th district
January 3, 1979 – January 3, 1993
|Preceded by||John B. Breckinridge|
|Succeeded by||Scotty Baesler|
|Member of the Kentucky Senate|
|Member of the Kentucky House of Representatives|
Larry Jones Hopkins
October 25, 1933
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
|Died||November 15, 2021 (aged 88)|
Lexington, Kentucky, U.S.
|Children||3, including Josh|
|Education||Murray State University|
|Branch/service||United States Marine Corps|
|Years of service||1954–1956|
Larry Jones Hopkins (October 25, 1933 – November 15, 2021) was an American politician who represented Kentucky's 6th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives from 1979 to 1993. He was the Republican nominee for governor of Kentucky in 1991 and lost to Brereton C. Jones. He was the father of actor Josh Hopkins.
Hopkins was born in Detroit and raised in Kentucky, the son of Louise Jones and James Glenn Hopkins. He attended public schools in Wingo, Kentucky and Murray State University.
Hopkins served in the United States Marine Corps from 1954 to 1956 and was a stockbroker with Hilliard Lyons. Hopkins served as Fayette County clerk before serving as the Kentucky House of Representatives from 1972 to 1976 and the Kentucky Senate from 1976 to 1978. He served in the United States House of Representatives from January 3, 1979, to January 3, 1993. During his tenure in Congress, Hopkins was a member of the United States House Committee on Armed Services, where he was a principal House cosponsor of the Goldwater–Nichols Act. In 1991, Hopkins ran for governor and defeated Larry Forgy in the Republican primary. Hopkins lost the general election to Brereton C. Jones who polled 540,468 votes (64.7%) to Hopkins' 294,452 (35.3%).
Hopkins did not seek re-election to the House in 1992, due in part to his loss in the race for governor and also because of his role in the House banking scandal. Hopkins was later exonerated of all charges. He later served as director of the Tobacco Division of the Agricultural Marketing Service in the G. H. W. Bush administration. He also worked as a lobbyist for Lott & Hopkins LLC Sonny Callahan & Associates LLC.
Hopkins was married to Carolyn Pennebaker in 1956 and had two daughters and a son, Josh Hopkins, who later became an actor. Hopkins died on November 15, 2021, at the age of 88.
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