About Maurice Sweeney

Maurice Sweeney's family has lived in District 36 since 1947. As the son of dairy farmers, teachers, and community leaders, Maurice has continued his family legacy, spending the better part of 40 years as an advocate of the disadvantaged and disenfranchised.

Maurice Sweeney, an Eastern High School and Eastern Kentucky University graduate with a major in Sociology and Political Science, has dedicated his life to the service of Kentuckians by serving on more than 30 state, regional and local boards and commissions. He spent 14 years working in state government, including a seven-year stint with the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights from 1977 – 1985, and five years of service with the Kentucky Department of Transportation Cabinet from 1992 – 1996.

While serving under the Jones administration, Maurice created and implemented the Kentucky State Government Trainee Program, to help Kentucky state government management become more diverse.

Maurice has also experienced success in the private sector as an officer with National City Bank (1985-1992) and the past Owner/CEO of United Construction & Design Group, Inc., a land surveying and DBE consulting company. Maurice attributes much of his work-ethic and his ability to multitask to his experiences growing up on his beloved 324-acre family farm near Eastwood, Kentucky, now Locust Creek. He is the son of Dr. P.O. Sweeney of Casey County, Kentucky who was a graduate of Louisville Simmons Municipal College and Meharry Medical College. Dr. Sweeney was a Pullman’s porter, teacher, principal, and a nationally known dentist and gentleman farmer raising dairy, beef, and Thoroughbred horses. He was a past president of the Louisville NAACP, the Louisville Urban League, and a Chairman of Mammoth Life Insurance Company. He died in 1960.

Maurice has five generations of teachers in his family including his sister Phyllis Watson who retired from the Anchorage School System. His mother, Susa Sweeney of Trigg County, a graduate of Kentucky State University and an educator, taught home economics in Christian and Madison Counties in Kentucky and, raised four children and countless neighborhood children, teaching them the importance of faith, family and farm.

As he gained more responsibility on the farm, Maurice learned the core values of character, care for the planet, being his brother’s keeper, and, of course, frugalness. Maurice is married to Owensboro Kentucky native Jannette Sweeney. He has one Son, and, is pro-family, pro-business, and will bring those values and a common sense approach to representing District 36.

Maurice Sweeney hopes his campaign for State Senate Representative District 36 inspires others across the state and our great nation to challenge incumbents whose leadership has become outdated, insensitive or ineffective.

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