Ernie Fletcher

Kentucky Governor



Governor Ernie Fletcher & wife Glenna

Governor Ernie Fletcher has led a remarkable life - as an Air Force fighter pilot, engineer, family doctor, lay minister, state legislator, and United States Congressman. He was born in Mt. Sterling and is a longtime resident of Lexington. He received his B.S. degree from the University of Kentucky College of Engineering in 1974 and later graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine.

Governor Fletcher’s service to our nation began in the United States Air Force, where he served as an F-4E Aircraft Commander and NORAD Alert Force Commander. As a fighter pilot, he led flights that intercepted Soviet military aircraft during the Cold War.

Governor Fletcher served his community as a family practice physician in Lexington for 12 years, including two years as CEO of the Saint Joseph Medical Foundation.

Governor Fletcher’s legislative career began in 1995 as a State Representative for Kentucky’s 78th District, during which time he served on the Kentucky Commission on Poverty and the Task Force on Higher Education. 

Governor Fletcher’s public service continued when he was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1998 from Kentucky’s 6th Congressional District. In Congress, he served as a member of the House Committees on Energy and Commerce and was selected to chair the Policy Subcommittee on Health.

Governor Fletcher is married to his high school sweetheart, Glenna Foster. Their daughter Rachael and her husband, Daniel, have four children: Callie, Hannah, Joshua and Mason. Their son Ben is an associate with the law firm of Greenebaum, Doll & McDonald in Louisville, Kentucky. Ben’s wife, Kara, is also an attorney.