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Commission Members

 

George C. Troutman - Mr. Troutman is the Chairman of the Commission.  The Speaker of the House appointed him to the Commission in 1994.  Mr. Troutman graduated from St. Xavier High School and Bellarmine University where he majored in accounting.  He is currently self-employed as a Certified Public Accountant, a member of the American and Kentucky Society of CPAs and the American Board of Forensic Accounting.  Mr. Troutman served on the Registry of Election Finance from 1992 to April of 1994.  He and his wife Mary live in Louisville, Kentucky.

Elmer George – Elmer George was appointed to the Commission by the Speaker of the House in January, 2014.  He is currently a practicing lawyer in Marion County. He's a Graduate of Bellarmine University and University of Kentucky Law School.  He and his wife live in Lebanon, Kentucky.

Deborah Jo Durr – Ms. Durr was appointed to the Commission by the Speaker of the House in July, 2009.  She is President of Richwood Manor, a horse farm in northern Kentucky.  Ms. Durr has an extensive record of civic and educational service, including serving on the Gateway Community & Technical College Board of Directors, Boone County Education Foundation, Kentucky Commission on Volunteerism, and as President of the Northern Kentucky District of the Parent/Teacher Association.  She earned a Master’s degree in Career Counseling from Morehead State University, and a B.S. in Biology from Northern Kentucky University.  She resides in Richwood, Kentucky.

 

Norma Scott - Mrs. Scott was appointed to the Commission by the President of the Senate in 2005.  She graduated from Earlington High School and Western Kentucky University, where she received a B.A. in Elementary Education.  A former school teacher, Mrs. Scott is president of Fugate Lumber Co., which has locations in Madisonville, Eddyville, and Powderly.  Mrs. Scott and her husband Gerald live in Madisonville, Kentucky.

Judge Paul D. Gudgel – Judge Gudgel was appointed to the Commission by the Speaker of the House in 2002.  Judge Gudgel received both his BA and LLB degrees from the University of Kentucky.  After practicing law in Lexington, he entered judicial service in 1970, serving as a trial commissioner in the municipal and quarterly courts, as Fayette County Judge, and as Chief District Judge.  In 1979, he was appointed to the Court of Appeals and served on that court until 2002 including five years as Chief Judge.  He retired from the Court in November 2002.  Judge Gudgel earned a Master of Laws degree from the University of Virginia and also served as a member of the Judicial Conduct Commission for 22 years.  He and his wife Katherine live in Lexington, Kentucky.

 

Bob Fulkerson – Mr. Fulkerson was appointed to the Commission by the President of the Senate in 2004.  He is a graduate of Owensboro Senior High School and attended Southwestern College, Dallas, Texas.  He is a retired manager of General Electric Appliance Park in Louisville.  Currently, he devotes his time to community service and religious activities.  In the past, he has been an active participant in his political party both as a candidate for elected office and party official. He and his wife Edna live in Louisville, Kentucky.

Pat Freibert – Mrs. Freibert is the Vice-Chairman of the Commission.  She was re-appointed to the Commission by President of the Senate in November, 2008.  She previously served on the Ethics Commission from 2000-2004.  She is a former member of the House of Representatives.  Mrs. Freibert has a long record of involvement in political, civic, educational, and charitable affairs for which she has received local, state and national recognition.  She is also a free lance writer for several publications.  In 2004, Mrs. Freibert was appointment by Governor Ernie Fletcher to the Kentucky Commission on Women and served as Chairwoman.  She and her husband, David, reside in Lexington, Kentucky.

Vernie D. McGaha – Mr. McGaha was appointed to the Commission by the President of the Senate in April, 2013.  He is a retired educator and a former state senator from the 15th Senatorial District, which includes the counties of Adair, Casey, Pulaski, and Russell.  Mr. McGaha served in the Senate from 1997 to 2013, and served as Vice-Chair of the Agriculture Committee, the Appropriations and Revenue Committee, and the Education Committee.  In 2012, he received the "Kids First Advocacy Award" from the Kentucky School Boards Association.  He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Campbellsville University, and a Master’s from Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green. Mr. McGaha and his wife, Connie Sue, live in Russell Springs, Kentucky and they are the parents of two children. 

 

Last Updated 1/9/2014
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