Kentucky Narratives: Terry McBrayer
Kentucky politics is an ever-changing environment. And as our political system evolves, it is important to remember where we have been to learn valuable lessons. In The Bottom Line’s newest series, Kentucky Narratives, we will sit down with big names from both sides of the aisle who have had an impact on Kentucky politics to hear their stories.
Terry McBrayer is a lifelong Kentuckian who has been involved in many aspects of state politics. McBrayer ran for governor as a Democrat in 1979 but lost in the primary to John Y. Brown Jr., who went on to win the election and become governor. McBrayer was a member of the Kentucky House of Representatives, serving in the leadership roles of House Speaker Pro Tempore and Majority Floor Leader during his tenure and served as chief executive officer for former governor Julian Carroll. He served as Chairman of the Kentucky Democratic Party and served as President Clinton’s Authorized Representative for Kentucky and as a committeeman for the Democratic National Committee.
Along with his time in Kentucky politics, McBrayer has built a successful law firm that has grown to the eighth largest firm in the Commonwealth consisting of nearly 60 attorneys practicing around the state in many areas of the law. He also started a government affairs practice to lobby in Frankfort.
In a sit-down interview with The Bottom Line, McBrayer reflects on his time in politics and shares wisdom learned over the years, advice for younger generations looking to get involved, and his view on the current state of Kentucky politics. He also discusses what it was like to lose the election he had been working toward for years, whether or not he has any regrets, and much more.
Watch the full interview with Terry McBrayer in the Kentucky Narratives series here: