August PIP to feature Local Legislators

Published Monday, July 17, 2017 2:00 pm

The Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce will hear from State Senator Danny Carroll and State Representative Gerald Watkins for the August Power in Partnership breakfast. The breakfast will be held on Thursday, August 3 at 7:30 a.m. at the Julian Carroll Convention Center. Strawberry Hills Pharmacy is the sponsor.   

Senator Carroll was elected in 2014 and represents the 2nd District encompassing Ballard, Carlisle, Marshall and McCracken counties. After graduating from Murray State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice, he served 24 years in the Paducah Police Department retiring as Assistant Chief of Police in 2010. Upon retirement he was named President and CEO of Easter Seals West Kentucky, a position he holds today. 

In the state legislature he serves as a member of the Appropriations and Revenue Committee, Education Committee, Health and Welfare Committee, Judiciary Committee, Medicaid Oversight Committee and the Budget Review Sub-Committee on Education.   On a national level, Sen. Carroll serves as a member of the Nuclear Legislative Working Group, with the National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL).           

Representative Watkins was elected in 2013 as the 3rd District State Representative.  Rep. Watkins earned his Associate’s degree from Paducah Community College, his bachelor’s, an MBA and 24 hours above the Master’s all from Murray State University.  He is a Professor of Political Science at West Kentucky Community and Technical College where he has been voted “Teacher of the Year” four times by the student body.  A graduate of Paducah Tilghman, he has been inducted into the Paducah Tilghman High School Hall of Fame.  

He previously served three terms on the Paducah City Commission and is in his third term as state representative.  He serves on the Judiciary, Education and Economic Development and Workforce Investment Committees.  

Below are the details of the breakfast:

When: Thursday, August 3, 7:30-8:30 a.m.

Where: Julian M. Carroll Convention Center, Ohio Room

Speakers:  State Senator Danny Carroll and State Representative Gerald Watkins 

Sponsor:  Strawberry Hills Pharmacy

Cost: $15 for Chamber members; $25 for non-Chamber members


If you are not a Power Card holder, please make your reservations by Tuesday, August 1, on to the Chamber at 443-1746 or

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