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Paul E. Patton
Paul E. Patton (born May 26, 1937) served as Democratic Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky from 1995 to 2003. He was succeeded by Ernie Fletcher. His Christian denomination is Presbyterian. He lives in Pikeville, Kentucky.
Patton was born in Fallsburg, Kentucky . In 1959, he received his B.S. in mechanical engineering at University of Kentucky. He entered into politics after 20 years in the coal mining business. He started his political career as deputy secretary of transportation. He served as the judge-executive of Pike County, Kentucky from 1981 to 1991, when he was elected to the office of Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky and took the office of secretary of economic development. Patton was the first Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky to serve as an appointed cabinet secretary.
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