Steve Nunn

Stephen Rob “Steve” Nunn

Kentucky State Representative for Barren County

In office
January 1, 1980 – December 31, 2006

Succeeded by
Johnny Bell

Personal details

(1952-11-04) November 4, 1952 (age 64)
Glasgow, Barren County
Kentucky, USA

Political party

Tracey L. Damron (divorced)[1]


Louie B. Nunn
Beula Cornelius Aspley Nunn

Life imprisonment


Stephen Rob Nunn, known as Steve Nunn (born November 4, 1952, in Glasgow, Kentucky) is the former Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services for the Commonwealth of Kentucky and a convicted murderer.
From 1980 to 2006, he was a Republican member of the Kentucky House of Representatives from his native Barren County in southern Kentucky. In 2011, Nunn received a life sentence without parole after pleading guilty to the murder of his ex-fiancée.
He is the son of the late Kentucky Governor Louie B. Nunn and First Lady Beula Cornelius Aspley Nunn.[2]


1 Political career
2 Murder of ex-fiancée
3 Amanda’s Law
4 References

Political career[edit]
Nunn unsuccessfully sought the Republican gubernatorial nomination in 2003, finishing third to then-United States Representative Ernie Fletcher of Lexington, whom Nunn then supported. Former State Representative Bob Heleringer, then of Eastwood in suburban Jefferson County, ran as the lieutenant governor selection on Nunn’s ticket.[3] In the primary, Nunn received 21,167 votes (13.4 percent), but Fletcher led the three-candidate field with 90,912 (57.3 percent). Rebecca Jackson polled 44,084 (27.8 percent). Fletcher went on to win the position in the general election by defeating Democrat Attorney General Ben Chandler, the grandson of Happy Chandler. Fletcher was the first Republican to be elected governor of Kentucky since Louie B. Nunn upset Henry Ward in November 1967.
On November 7, 2006, after fifteen years as a state representative,[4] Nunn lost his bid for re-election to the Democrat Johnny Bell. Nunn polled 5,572 votes (46.7 percent) to Bell’s 6,371 ballots (53.3 percent).[5]
In September 2007, Nunn announced his support of Democratic gubernatorial nominee Steve Beshear, a former lieutenant governor who handily unseated Fletcher in the Republican’s bid for re-election. On December 22, 2007, Beshear appointed Nunn as deputy secretary of Health and Family Services.
Murder of ex-fiancée[edit]
In March 2009, Steve Nunn, 56, resigned his state