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Lois Combs Weinberg
Personal details
BornLois Ann Combs
(1943-12-18) December 18, 1943 (age 75)
Lexington, Kentucky, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
EducationRandolph College (BS)
Harvard University (MEd)

Lois Ann Combs Weinberg (born December 18, 1943[1]), a native of the Eastern region of Kentucky, is a politician and an advocate for improvements in public education in Kentucky.[2] Weinberg has served on the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees, the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, and the Kentucky Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence.[2]

In 2002, Weinberg won the Kentucky Democratic Party primary for United States Senate against Tom Barlow. She lost to incumbent Mitch McConnell in the November general election, 64.7%–35.3%.[3]

Early life and education[edit | edit source]

Lois Combs Weinberg, the daughter of Bertam "Bert "T. Combs and Mabel Hall Combs. She was born on December 18, 1943 in Lexington, Kentucky.[1] Weinberg lived in Frankfort between 1959 and 1963.[4]

Weinberg attended Randoph Macon Women's College and earned a BS in 1965, and a M Ed Harvard in 1996.[1] Weinberg married Bill Weinberg and they have three children.[5] After their marriage, the Weinbergs moved to Washington D.C. for a short time and then moved to Alice Lloyd College.[6] In Washington, she worked at the Office of Economic Opportunity as an evaluator.[7] In 1967, she worked in Lynchburg, West Virginia, on a Community Action Program (CAP).[7]

Combs family political influence[edit | edit source]

Her father, an attorney, was first elected to the political office to the position of city attorney in Prestonsburg in 1950.[8] Later that year, Governor Lawrence Wetherby appointed her father to fill a vacancy in the office of Commonwealth's Attorney for Kentucky's 31st Judicial District. In April 1951,[8] Governor Wetherby appointed Combs to fill a vacancy on the Kentucky Court of Appeals. Later that year, he won a full eight-year term on the court.[8] In 1959, he was elected the 50th Governor of Kentucky.[5][8] He was appointed to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals by President Lyndon B. Johnson, serving from 1967 to 1970.[8]

Education in Kentucky[edit | edit source]

Motivated by her own son's learning problems, Weinberg became an advocate for children with learning disabilities.[2] In 1979, Weinberg started a group offering tutorial services for children in Eastern region of Kentucky with dyslexia.[9][10] This eventually lead to a comprehensive program at the Hindman Settlement School.[11][6] Weinberg was also part of a commission to study the state's future approach to education.[12] She joined the board of the Hindman Settlement School in 1984.[2] Later Weinberg was the Executive director of a non-profit organization, the Institute for Dyslexia Education in Appalachia (IDEA).[2] She has served on the University of Kentucky board and the Council on Postsecondary Education.[5] In 1986, she was appointed to the State Board of Education by Governor Martha Layne Collins, however, Weinberg turned the appointment down.[13][14]

Weinberg is currently on the Board of IDEA: Center for Excellence, a non-profit organization focused on excellence in dyslexic services.[15] She also works as a consultant for IDEA Academy at Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning in Lexington, Kentucky.[16]

United States Senate election, 2002[edit | edit source]

In 2002, Weinberg won the Kentucky Democrat Party primary for United States Senate against Tom Barlow. In the November general election, she lost to incumbent Mitch McConnell 64.7%–35.3%.[3] A statewide advocacy group, The Women's Network, grew out of her former campaign.[17]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "2002 United States Senate Race" (PDF). CBS. Retrieved 2016-11-11.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 "Lois Combs Weinberg's Passion for Education | Connections with Renee Shaw". KET. 2015-04-06. Retrieved 2016-11-12.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "washingtonpost.com Elections 2002". www.washingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2016-11-12.
  4. Pardue, Anne (17 January 1980). "All in the Family". The Courier-Journal. Retrieved 2018-08-17 – via Newspapers.com.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 "Bert Combs' grandson picked as Knott County judge-executive". kentucky. Retrieved 2016-11-12.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Williams, Shirley (6 June 1982). "Caring Mom Gives Hope". The Courier-Journal. Retrieved 2018-08-17 – via Newspapers.com.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Interview with Lois Combs Weinberg, October 17, 1990 - SPOKEdb". Kentucky Oral History. 17 October 1990. Retrieved 2018-08-18.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 "Bertram Thomas Combs biography". 2009-08-27. Archived from the original on 2009-08-27. Retrieved 2016-11-12.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  9. Bergstrom, Bill (18 July 1985). "Program Helps Deal With 'Word Blindness' Perception Disorder". The Journal News. Retrieved 2018-08-17 – via Newspapers.com.
  10. "Eastern Kentucky School to Serve Needs of Dyslexics". The Courier-Journal. 12 December 1989. Retrieved 2018-08-17 – via Newspapers.com.
  11. Stoddart, Jess (2015-01-13). Challenge and Change in Appalachia: The Story of Hindman Settlement School. University Press of Kentucky. pp. 188–195. ISBN 9780813149547.
  12. Wilson, Richard (27 May 1980). "Group Asks What the Future Holds For Education". The Courier-Journal. p. B1. Retrieved 2018-08-17. and "Group Will Study Future, Education". The Courier-Journal. 27 May 1980. Retrieved 2018-08-17 – via Newspapers.com.
  13. "Collins Names Four to Education Board". The Courier-Journal. 12 August 1986. Retrieved 2018-08-17 – via Newspapers.com.
  14. "Woman Rejects Position on State School Panel". The Courier-Journal. 14 August 1986. Retrieved 2018-08-17 – via Newspapers.com.
  15. "IDEA Center for Excellence". IDEA Center for Excellence. Retrieved 2016-11-16.
  16. "2015 - University of Pikeville". www.upike.edu. Retrieved 2016-11-16.
  17. Crowley, Patrick (18 April 2005). "Democrats Now Organizing to Appeal to Specific Interests". The Cincinnati Enquirer. Retrieved 2018-08-17 – via Newspapers.com.

External links[edit | edit source]

Party political offices
Preceded by
Steve Beshear
Democratic nominee for U.S. Senator from Kentucky
(Class 2)

2002
Succeeded by
Bruce Lunsford


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