Morgan McGarvey
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kentucky's 3rd district
Assumed office
January 3, 2023
Preceded byJohn Yarmuth
Minority Leader of the Kentucky Senate
In office
January 8, 2019 – January 2, 2023
Preceded byRay Jones
Succeeded byGerald Neal
Member of the Kentucky Senate
from the 19th district
In office
January 1, 2013 – January 2, 2023
Preceded byTim Shaughnessy
Succeeded byCassie Chambers Armstrong
Personal details
John Morgan McGarvey

(1979-12-23) December 23, 1979 (age 44)
Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
SpouseChris Danner
EducationUniversity of Missouri (BA)
University of Kentucky (JD)
WebsiteHouse website

John Morgan McGarvey (born December 23, 1979) is an American attorney and politician serving as the U.S. representative for Kentucky's 3rd congressional district since 2023. A Democrat, he represented the 19th district in the Kentucky Senate from 2013 to 2023. In 2018, he was elected minority leader, becoming one of the youngest members of a general assembly in the nation to serve in a leadership role.[1] He is currently the only Democrat in Kentucky's congressional delegation.

Early life and education

McGarvey was born in Louisville, Kentucky, and attended duPont Manual High School.[2] He earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and a Juris Doctor from the University of Kentucky College of Law.[3] He is the son of John McGarvey, a staff member for former Kentucky Governor Wendell Ford and the city attorney for Anchorage, Kentucky, since 1987.[4]

Early political career

Before his election to the Kentucky State Senate, McGarvey worked for Jack Conway as a Special Assistant Attorney General of Kentucky. He also worked for U.S. Representative Ben Chandler and the law firm Frost Brown Todd.[5] McGarvey practices law at Morgan Pottinger McGarvey, a firm his grandfather founded.[6]

Kentucky Senate

McGarvey was first elected in the 2012 election for Kentucky State Senate District 19. He defeated three other candidates in the Democratic primary on May 22, 2012, with 40.7% of the vote and was unopposed in the general election on November 6. In 2016, he was reelected to a second four-year term, defeating Republican nominee Larry West in the general election. In 2018, he became minority floor leader for the Kentucky State Senate. On November 3, 2020, McGarvey was elected to a third term unopposed.[7]

In the Senate, his committee assignments included the Appropriations and Revenue Committee, Medicaid Oversight and Advisory Committee, the Banking and Insurance Committee, the State and Local Government Committee, and the Elections, Constitutional Amendments, and Intergovernmental Affairs Task Force.[8]

Mothers Against Drunk Driving named McGarvey its 2015 Legislator of the Year.[8] The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility gave him a Leadership Award.[9] McGarvey was named a Most Valuable Policymaker by Greater Louisville Inc.[8] and 2016 Outstanding Young Professional by the University of Kentucky College of Law.[10]

U.S. House of Representatives

2022 election

Main article: 2022 United States House of Representatives elections in Kentucky § District 3

On October 12, 2021, McGarvey launched a campaign to represent Kentucky's 3rd congressional district after Kentucky's sole Democratic U.S. representative, John Yarmuth, announced his retirement from the seat.[11] In the primary election, McGarvey defeated state Representative Attica Scott.[12] McGarvey won the general election and joined Congress in January 2023.[13]

Committee assignments

For the 118th Congress:[14]

Caucus memberships

Personal life

McGarvey and his wife, Chris, live in the Strathmoor neighborhood, a part of the Highlands in Louisville, with their three children.[8]

The life of McGarvey's family has been documented by photographer Pam Spaulding for over forty years beginning before McGarvey was born. Spaulding began the project while working at the Louisville Courier-Journal newspaper and published photos of the McGarveys in the 2009 book An American Family: Three Decades with the McGarveys, published by National Geographic.[16] Spaulding continues to work documenting the McGarveys today.

Electoral history

Kentucky State Senate, District 19 Democratic Primary, 2012[7]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Morgan McGarvey 5,030 40.7%
Democratic Sarah Lynn Cunningham 4,261 34.5%
Democratic Amy E. Shoemaker 1,812 14.7%
Democratic Gary Demling 1,253 10.1%
Total votes 12,356 100.0%
Kentucky State Senate, District 19 General Election, 2012[17]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Morgan McGarvey 39,327 100%
Total votes 39,327 100.0%
Kentucky State Senate, District 19 General Election, 2016[18]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Morgan McGarvey (incumbent) 39,026 61.71%
Republican Larry West 24,214 38.29%
Total votes 63,240 100.0%
Kentucky State Senate, District 19 General Election, 2020[7]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Morgan McGarvey 50,867 100.0%
Total votes 50,867 100.0%
Kentucky 3rd Congressional District Democratic Primary, 2022[19]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Morgan McGarvey 52,157 63.34%
Democratic Attica Scott 30,183 36.66%
Total votes 82,340 100.0%
2022 Kentucky's 3rd congressional district election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Morgan McGarvey 160,853 62.0%
Republican Stuart Ray 98,622 38.0%


  1. ^ "Senate democratic caucus elects Morgan McGarvey of Louisville as new floor leader". Northern Kentucky Tribune. December 12, 2018.
  2. ^ "Meet Morgan McGarvey". McGarvey for State Senate. Retrieved July 22, 2014.
  3. ^ "Forty Under 40: Morgan McGarvey". Louisville Business First. September 27, 2013. Morgan McGarvey, senior associate, Morgan & Pottinger PSC; Kentucky state senator. Age: 33. Birthplace: Louisville.
  4. ^ Miller, Howard (January 28, 1987). "Two officials resign in Anchorage". Neighborhoods. The Courier-Journal. p. 3.
  5. ^ Hodge, Rae (March 11, 2013). "Once an Aspiring 'War Correspondent,' Morgan McGarvey Settles into Senate". WFPL News. Retrieved December 19, 2013.
  6. ^ "J. Morgan McGarvey". Morgan Pottinger McGarvey. Retrieved January 1, 2021.
  7. ^ a b c "Morgan McGarvey". Ballotpedia. Retrieved January 1, 2021.
  8. ^ a b c d "McGarvey for State Senate". Retrieved January 1, 2021.
  9. ^ "2019 Leadership Awards". December 20, 2019.
  10. ^ "Senator Morgan McGarvey Receives UK College of Law Young Professional Award". Morgan Pottinger McGarvey. May 12, 2016.
  11. ^ "Minutes after Rep. Yarmuth announcement, Sen. Morgan McGarvey says he'll run to fill the seat". WLKY. October 13, 2021.
  12. ^ "Kentucky State Rep. Attica Scott announces congressional run for Yarmuth seat". WDRB. July 7, 2021. Retrieved July 12, 2021.
  13. ^ Watkins, Morgan. "Kentucky state Sen. Morgan McGarvey wins Democratic primary for Rep. John Yarmuth's seat". The Courier-Journal. Retrieved May 27, 2022.
  14. ^ "Morgan McGarvey". Clerk of the United States House of Representatives. Retrieved June 27, 2023.
  15. ^ "Leadership | New Democrat Coalition". Retrieved January 7, 2023.
  16. ^ Dukehart, Coburn (November 4, 2009). "An American Family". NPR. Retrieved January 1, 2021.
  17. ^ "Official 2012 General Election Results" (PDF). Retrieved November 13, 2021.
  18. ^ "Official 2016 General Election Results" (PDF). Retrieved November 13, 2021.
  19. ^ "Election Night Reporting". Kentucky State Board of Elections. Retrieved May 24, 2022.
Kentucky Senate VacantTitle last held byTim Shaughnessy Member of the Kentucky Senatefrom the 19th district 2013–2023 Succeeded byCassie Chambers Armstrong Preceded byRay Jones Minority Leader of the Kentucky Senate 2019–2023 Succeeded byGerald Neal U.S. House of Representatives Preceded byJohn Yarmuth Member of the U.S. House of Representativesfrom Kentucky's 3rd congressional district 2023–present Incumbent U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial) Preceded byRich McCormick United States representatives by seniority 406th Succeeded byRob Menendez