The Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce’s December 2 Power in Partnership Breakfast will feature Kentucky Secretary of State Michael Adams. The breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. at the Julian Carroll Convention Center and is sponsored by U.S. Bank. Pre-registration is required.
A native of Paducah, Secretary Adams is Kentucky's 86th Secretary of State and the 77th person to serve in that role.
Adams attended McCracken County Public Schools and was the first in his family to get a bachelor's degree. After graduating from the University of Louisville, Adams attended Harvard Law School on low-income aid. Returning to Kentucky, Adams served as Deputy General Counsel to Governor Ernie Fletcher, before moving to Washington to accept an appointment as Counsel to the U.S. Deputy Attorney General. In 2007, Adams began full-time private practice in election law. He has represented several national political committees, numerous national political figures and statewide campaign efforts in all 50 states.
Inaugurated as Secretary of State in January 2020, Adams first pushed his signature legislative issue, Kentucky's first Photo ID to Vote law, through the General Assembly, then pivoted to saving the primary and general elections from the problems that befell other states during the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2021, Adams presented state legislators with the most ambitious election reform plan since 1891, and the bill passed both chambers with near-unanimous support. Adams’ work in making it easy to vote and hard to cheat, and taking Kentucky from the back of the pack to a national leader in election administration in mere months, has earned praise throughout America and across party lines.
The cost is $20. Attendees must pre-register at paducahchamber.org or call 270-443-1746 by 2 p.m. on Monday, November 29.