Graham works for working class and students
Derrick Graham works tirelessly for the working class, students and teachers because he is all three.
Graham is running for re-election for the state’s 57th House District which includes a portion of Franklin County.
A dedicated public servant in the House since 2003, Graham is a retired Frankfort High School social studies teacher.
Standing on the front lines to protect public education and working-class Kentuckians against the out-of-state interests at play in our state government, Graham has challenged those interests at work in both the committees he serves as a member of the Legislature and an active member of his community.
In the House, Graham serves on several interim committees such as Postsecondary Education, Primary and Secondary Education, co-chair of the Education Committee, Elementary and Secondary Education.
During the session, he serves on committees impacting many Kentuckians’ lives: the Agriculture Committee, Elections, Constitutional Amendments and Intergovernmental Affairs and State Government committees.
Graham is actively engaged in his community.
He serves on numerous community and civic boards when he isn’t at the Capitol defending our children and the best interests of our state.
Graham serves on the Kentucky YMCA Youth Association, Board of Directors of the South Frankfort Community Center Board, National Standards for Civics and Government, Frankfort Arts Foundation, Franklin County Abuse Incorporated Board, Frankfort Salvation Army Advisory Board, Frankfort Arts Foundation, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.
Rep. Graham is also an active member of the Saint John African Methodist Episcopal Church of Frankfort.
During a speech to the Frankfort Area Chamber of Commerce, Graham said the 2018 session was one of the toughest sessions in 16 years of representing the people of Franklin County.
But the rallies of teachers, state workers, retirees and union members made him proud.
“What I saw take place in the Capitol was democracy in action,” Graham said. “People can come together to work to make things better when the politicians and those elected by them are not following what they want.”
Graham is a proud graduate of Kentucky State University and earned his M.A. degree at Ohio State University.
Before representing Franklin County, Graham served as a Frankfort city commissioner from 1992-2000 and as Mayor Pro Tem.
He’s also a member of the National Education Association, Kentucky Education Association, Frankfort Education Association, and the Greenhill Cemetery Board.
He’s a devoted husband of Mildred, and loving father of their two beautiful daughters, Taylor and Blake. He has an older sister and brother, Tanya McGaha and Greg Graham.