Larry Forgy

Lawrence Eugene Forgy (born 1939), is an American Republican politician and former candidate for public office from Lexington, Kentucky.

Larry Forgy
Personal details
Born (1939-08-04) August 4, 1939 (age 80)
Lewisburg, Kentucky, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Alma materUniversity of Kentucky
George Washington University

Forgy served as the Budget Director for Governor Louie Nunn from 1967 to 1971.[1]

Forgy announced that he would seek the Republican gubernatorial nomination in 1987 but soon withdrew from the race, citing fundraising difficulties. The party then tapped State Representative John R. Harper of Bullitt County as its nominee, but Harper carried only 5 of the 120 counties against the Democrat businessman, Wallace Wilkinson.

Forgy ran for the Republican gubernatorial nomination in 1991 but lost in the primary to then U.S. Representative Larry J. Hopkins, also of Lexington. Forgy again ran for governor in 1995, but he was defeated in the general election by Democrat Paul E. Patton. In 1999, Forgy ran unsuccessfully for the Kentucky Supreme Court but lost in a special election to James E. Keller. He was reportedly considering running in the United States Senate election in Kentucky, 2008,[2] but he did not file as a candidate for the office, held by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Jefferson County. Forgy had been an early McConnell backer when the then county judge in Jefferson County was first elected to the Senate in 1984.

In 2004, Forgy was co-chair of Bryan Coffman's unsuccessful race for Central Kentucky's 6th congressional district. Coffman lost to Democrat Ben Chandler, grandson of former Governor and U.S. Senator Happy Chandler.[3]

Previously, Forgy has been a practicing attorney and the president of the non-profit organization, Health Kentucky.[4] Forgy is a former Republican national committeeman, the Kentucky chairman of Ronald W. Reagan's successful presidential election bids, vice chairman of Kentucky Council Higher Education, chairman of the Finance Committee of the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees, and general counsel and budget director in the administration of former Governor Louie B. Nunn.[3]

Forgy attended the University of Kentucky at Lexington, where he was a member of Delta Tau Delta social fraternity. He transferred to George Washington University in Washington, D.C. from which he received both a bachelor's and law degree. While in law school at GWU, he became friends with former Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, McConnell's counterpart in the Senate.[5]

In 2011, Forgy stated that the only reason Kentucky Governor Steven Beshear picked Jerry Abramson to be his running mate was "to attract New York and Hollywood Jewish money" for the campaign.[6]

As of 2012, Forgy was self-employed as an attorney in Frankfort, Kentucky.[7]


  1. ^ Phillips, Harry; Sancho, Miguel (March 14, 2012). "Revenge for Real: How Did a Promising Legislator Become a Killer?". ABC News. Retrieved February 1, 2019.
  2. ^ Ryan Alessi (December 8, 2007). "Democrats line up to face McConnell". Herald-Leader. reported the following: "Larry Forgy, a Lexington Republican, also is considering challenging McConnell as an independent."
  3. ^ a b "Larry Forgy, former gubernatorial candidate, joins Coffman for Congress". PR Web. April 24, 2004.
  4. ^ "Larry Forgy Appointed President of Health Kentucky". Health Kentucky press release. October 1, 2004.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on September 18, 2008. Retrieved August 14, 2008.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ Brammer, Jack (June 20, 2011). "Kentucky gubernatorial campaigns say religion isn't an issue". Lexington Herald-Leader. Retrieved August 5, 2012.
  7. ^ L. Forgy & Associates, PLLC Frankfort, Kentucky Office Profile; Martindale-Hubbell profile; Retrieved August 5, 2012
Party political offices
Preceded by
Larry Hopkins
Republican nominee for Governor of Kentucky
Succeeded by
Peppy Martin