Wife Of Senate President Williams Weighing AG Bid

Jun 15, 2012

FRANKFORT, Ky.  -- The wife of Kentucky state Senate President David Williams is weighing a bid for state attorney general in 2015.

Former district court judge Robyn Williams told the Lexington Herald-Leader she's "gotten a lot of encouragement" but hasn't made a decision about whether to run.

The Republican from Russell Springs said the next attorney general shouldn't see the job as "a consolation prize."

The current attorney general, Democrat Jack Conway, cannot seek re-election in 2015 because of term limits. He was an unsuccessful candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2010 and has been mentioned as a possible candidate for governor in 2015.

Williams is a graduate of Chase Law School at Northern Kentucky University and served as a judge in Russell, Wayne and Clinton counties from 2004 through 2010. She and Senate President Williams, R-Burkesville, married in July 2003. He lost a bid last year for governor against Democratic incumbent Steve Beshear by more than 20 percentage points.

Asked if her husband would help or harm her candidacy for attorney general, Robyn Williams said, "The potential is there to help and hurt. But he has helped me tremendously."

Robyn Williams said she hopes to do volunteer work for prosecutors in the fall "to get back in the courtroom."

The paper reported that several other well-known Kentucky Democrats already have been mentioned in media reports as possible candidates in 2015 to be the state's chief law enforcement official.

Included in that group are Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes; lawyer Andrew Beshear, son of Gov. Steve Beshear; former state Democratic Party chair Jennifer Moore; and state House Judiciary Chairman John Tilley of Hopkinsville.