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CU to host ‘Legislative Wrap-up’ April 25

April 20, 2017
For Immediate Release

Bam Carney
Bam Carney
Max Wise
Max Wise
Ralph Alvarado
Ralph Alvarado







By Josh Christian, student news writer, Office of University Communications

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. —  On April 25, Campbellsville University will host three state legislators for a discussion of this year’s legislative session for the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

The Kentucky Heartland Institute on Public Policy (KHIPP) event will take place at 6 p.m. in The Gheens Recital Hall in the Gosser Fine Arts Center, 210 University Drive, Campbellsville Ky.

The event, titled “Legislative Wrap-up: A Discussion of the 2017 Session of the Kentucky General Assembly,” is open to the public.

Speakers will be Kentucky Sen. Max Wise, (R-District 16), representing Adair, Clinton, Cumberland, McCreary, Russell, Taylor and Wayne counties; Sen. Ralph Alvarado (R-District 28), representing Clark, Fayette and Montgomery counties; and Rep. John “Bam” Carney (R- District 51) representing Taylor and Adair counties.

Wise, a former professor at Campbellsville University, teaches graduate level courses in terrorism studies, intelligence and intelligence analysis at the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce at the University of Kentucky.

He is the chair of the Enrollment Committee and the Government Nonprofit Contracting Task Force; vice chair of the Education Committee; co-chair of the Government Contract Review Committee; as well as a member of the Appropriations and Revenue Committee; the Economic Development, Tourism and Labor Committee; the Health and Welfare Committee; and the Veterans, Military Affairs and Public Protection Committee.

Wise is also the chair of the Budget Review Subcommittee on Transportation and a member of the Budget Review Subcommittee on Economic Development and Tourism, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection. He is a member of the Education and Assessment and Accountability Review Subcommittee and the Tourism Development Subcommittee.

Wise holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and history from Campbellsville University, and earned his Master of Arts in International Politics and National Security at the University of Kentucky Patterson School.

He holds an Advanced Certificate in Homeland Security from the Bush School of Government at Texas A&M University.

Wise lives in Campbellsville with his wife, Dr. Heather Wise, a pediatric dentist, and their four children.

Alvarado is an American physician and politician who was elected to the Kentucky State Senate in 2014 and is the first Hispanic member elected to the Kentucky General Assembly.

Alvarado serves as the vice chair of the Health and Welfare Committee, co-chair of Medicaid Oversight Committee, co-chair of the Budget Review Subcommittee on Human Resources as well as a member of the Senate Appropriations and Review Committee and State and Local Government Committee.

Earning his bachelor’s degree in biology from Loma Linda University in California in 1990, Alvarado went on to receive his Doctorate in Medicine in 1994. He completed his medical residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at the University of Kentucky. He and his wife and family live in Winchester, Ky.

Carney is the Taylor County School System 21st Century grant for after school programs. He is a former social studies at Taylor County High and Middle Schools, and this is his 20th year in education.

Carney is the chair of the House Education Committee and is a member of the following Interim Committees: Appropriations and Revenue; the Budget Review Subcommittee on Primary and Secondary Education; Elementary and Secondary Education; and State Government. He is also co-chair of the Interim Committee on Education.

He is a member of the following Session Committees: Enrollment; Small Business and Information Technology; and State Government. He is also ex-officio on the Budget Review Subcommittee on Postsecondary Education and also on the Budget Review Subcommittee on Budget Review Subcommittee on Primary and Secondary Education and Workforce Investment.

Carney has coached basketball and football at the middle and high school levels at both Taylor County and Washington County high and middle schools.

Carney earned his Bachelor of Arts in history from Berea College. He later earned a teaching certificate from Campbellsville University and went on to earn a Master of Arts degree in educational instructional leadership from Eastern Kentucky University.

Campbellsville University is a widely-acclaimed Kentucky-based Christian university with more than 5,000 students offering over 80 programs of study including 19 master’s degrees, six postgraduate areas and seven pre-professional programs. The university has off-campus centers in Louisville, Harrodsburg, Somerset and Hodgenville with instructional sites in Elizabethtown, Owensboro and Summersville and a full complement of online programs. The website for complete information is