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May 11, 2013

Chandler to lead state Humanities Council

FRANKFORT — Ben Chandler has a new job and at least for now it’s not in politics or government.

Albert “Ben” Chandler, defeated for re-election by Republican Andy Barr in last fall’s election for the U.S. 6th Congressional District, will be the new executive director of the Kentucky Humanities Council.

The independent non-profit provides humanities — history, culture and arts — programs and services throughout the state. Located in Lexington, it is associated with the National Endowment for the Humanities but is not a state agency.

“I have a deep and abiding love for the humanities and, in particular, for Kentucky’s rich and varied story – past, present, and future,” Chandler said. “As a lifelong Kentuckian and a keen student of Kentucky’s history, culture and people, it is an honor to serve in this capacity.”

Chandler succeeds council director Virginia G. Carter, who will retire in August after 19 years in the post. Chandler will begin his new duties July 1.

Chandler, of Versailles, served four terms in the U.S. House of Representatives before Barr defeated him last fall. He first won that job in a special 2004 election to fill the unexpired term of Republican Ernie Fletcher who had defeated Chandler in the 2003 race for governor.

Before running for governor, Chandler served two terms as state attorney general and before that two terms as auditor of public accounts.

He is the grandson and namesake of A.B. “Happy” Chandler, the colorful two-time governor and U.S. Senator who also served as the commissioner of Major League Baseball.

Chandler earned an undergraduate degree in history from the University of Kentucky before graduating from the University of Kentucky College of Law.

He has been mentioned as a potential candidate for governor in 2015 or even a possible Democratic opponent to Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell in 2014.

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