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David Williams Receives Leadership Award


David Williams receives a Leadership award from Mike Huckabee and University of the Cumberlands president Dr. Jim Taylor at UC’s 6th annual Leadership event on Tuesday, April 5.

Williamsburg, Ky. - Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee spoke to a crowded auditorium of 3,000 University of the Cumberlands (UC) students, staff and faculty, as well as friends from across the state of Kentucky, during the University’s 6th annual Forcht Group of Kentucky Center for Excellence in Leadership event on Tuesday, April 5. Held in the O. Wayne Rollins Center on UC’s campus, Huckabee’s speech, “Leadership in a Free and Strong America,” highlighted not only the economic crisis in America but the moral issues behind the problem and the moral solutions to work towards change.

The Center, that sponsors internationally renowned speakers recognized for their character and leadership, provides a keynote speaker yearly at UC to help raise the visibility of the University’s values.

At this year’s program UC honored eight individuals who have been instrumental in demonstrating exceptional leadership in a free and strong America. These individuals were chosen because they demonstrate the essentials of leadership not only in their business lives but in their personal lives as well.

David Williams was one of the honored guests to receive a Leadership in a Free and Strong America Award for his patriotism and drive for excellence to his family, community and nation and for serving as a role model to others by taking active steps in the development of a Free and Strong America.

Senate President David Williams graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1975 and earned his law degree from the University of Louisville in 1977.

Mr. Williams was elected to the Kentucky State of Representatives in 1984, won an open seat in the State Senate and has since served in the General Assembly for 27 years. He is the longest serving member in the Senate and made history when he became the first Republican ever elected to serve as senate president on January 4, 2000.

In 2006, Williams chaired the Southern Legislative Conference and is the current chairman of the Council of State Governments. Williams also serves on the Executive Committees of both the Senate Presidents Forum and the National Conference of the State legislatures (NCSL) and serves as co-chair of the Legislative Research Commission. He is the chairman of both the Senate Committee on Committees and Rules Committee. Mr. Williams also currently represents the 16th District, which contains six counties along the Tennessee border, stretching from Monroe to Whitley County.

Mr. Williams was named the Republican Legislative Leader of the Year by the National Republican Legislators Association and also served as the group’s president. The non-partisan American Legislative Exchange Council also recognized him as Legislator of the Year.

As a 2011 gubernatorial candidate, running with Commissioner Richie Farmer, Mr. Williams hopes to broaden his service to Kentuckians.

He is married to Judge Robyn Edmonds Williams who serves as the district judge in the 40th District, and together they are raising Madeline and Andrew.