The Kentucky Federation of Republican Women
KFRW Capsule History
Women of Kentucky are very unique. They hosted the third Biennial
Convention of the National Federation of Republican women in
Lexington, Kentucky on September 7-8, 1944 – three years before
becoming member the National Federation.
The first Lady of Kentucky, Mrs. Simeon Willis, gave the Welcome,
and Governor Willis and Presidential Candidate, Thomas E. Dewey
addressed the convention.
Three years later, in 1947, Republican women met with Mrs. Willis
at the Governor’s Mansion in Frankfort, for the purpose of forming
a State Federation. Governor and Mrs. Willis are reported to have
taken a great interest in helping make the Kentucky Federation a
reality. Their objective was to organize a club in each of the 120
The KFRW reached a high in 1967, when they were credited with
having been a major influence in the election of Republican Louie
B. Nunn as Governor of Kentucky. Governor and Mrs. Nunn showed
their appreciation to the KFRW in numerous ways over the next four
years, and membership reached 3,990 and 83 active clubs.
Since that time members of the KFRW have formed an invaluable
network of grassroots volunteers in the Republican Party across
Kentucky. Many elected official on the local, State, and national
level will attest to this influence in their campaigns.
Most recently the KFRW was a mighty force in the 2003 election when
Ernie Fletcher became the third Republican governor of Kentucky.
Additionally, for the first time Republicans were elected to two
state constitutional offices: Trey Grayson as Secretary of State
and Richie Farmer as Commissioner of Agriculture. On election night
of 2008, Kentucky was the first state called for the McCain/Palin
The KFRW continues to GROW, TEACH, TRAIN. RECRUIT, and
Republicans while showcasing Republican Women candidates, and
championing women’s issues.