Legislative Feature: Senator Jared Carpenter
EKU Alumnus, Now Kentucky Legislator
“Education provides a great opportunity, but work ethic is what creates success.”
By: Zach Holman
Senator Jared Carpenter begins his day at 8 a.m., driving to Frankfort from Berea. When he arrives in Frankfort, he meets with his constituents to discuss possible legislation. He then attends committee meetings and the General Assembly. His day lasts late into the evening, before he starts his drive back to Berea to be with his family. This is the daily life of a Kentucky legislator.
Carpenter is the 34th district senator for Kentucky. His district covers Madison, Rockcastle, and parts of Fayette counties.
Carpenter graduated from Eastern Kentucky University in 2000, with a degree in speech communication and a minor in business. Carpenter was also a three-year letterman on the basketball team from 1995-99.
While at EKU, Carpenter particularly enjoyed the classes in his major.
“I liked all my speech communication classes,” Carpenter said. “It was practical applications that I use daily in business.”
Carpenter was the first member of his family to graduate from college.
“My favorite memory from my time at EKU was graduation,” Carpenter said. “I had accomplished something no one in my family had ever done before.”
Carpenter had no idea going into college that he wanted to be a politician. He was never involved in politics during his years at EKU.
Carpenter said his realization that the state needed nonpolitical people to represent in the government was what led him to a career as a legislator.
“After I got into the business world, I realized we needed people with a nonpolitical background that understood business and life to represent us.” Carpenter said. “I felt I could no longer sit on the sidelines and needed to be involved.”
Carpenter said he would suggest that current and future EKU students become involved on campus.
“I would encourage students to be involved on campus and engage in political climate on campus and in their hometown,” Carpenter said. “Reach out to me or any political person you know to answer your questions. Education provides a great opportunity but work ethic is what creates success.”
Carpenter says he is proud to be a Colonel and continues to be involved with EKU today.
“I am very involved because of my role as senator,” Carpenter said. “I am happy with the direction EKU is headed; and I am actually helping the university with capital projects because I want students to have all the tools they need for success.”
Carpenter is a businessman who owns multiple apartments and houses in Berea, and also operates a cattle farm.
Published on January 27, 2016