John Yarmuth, U.S. Representative
Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth represents Kentucky’s 3rd Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Though best known for his work in the media, Yarmuth enjoyed a diverse career that gave him a solid background in policy, business, higher education, and health care before entering the public arena. He first worked on Capitol Hill as legislative aide for Kentucky Senator Marlow Cook from 1971 to 1974, then moved back to his hometown to publish Louisville Today magazine. He went on to work as associate vice president of university relations at the University of Louisville and later as vice president of a local health care firm.
In 1990, Yarmuth founded LEO Weekly, a free publication with approximately 150,000 readers. With Yarmuth as editor, LEO won nearly 100 Metro Louisville Journalism Awards, 16 of which were awarded to Yarmuth himself for his editorial and column writing. He owned the paper from 1990 to 2003 and continued writing his columns through 2005.
On television, he debated local and national politics as co-host and commentator on WAVE-3’s Yarmuth & Ziegler in 2003 and Hot Button in 2004 and 2005.
Born and raised in Louisville, Yarmuth graduated from Atherton High School, where he served as student government president. He went on to earn a degree in American studies from Yale University. He and his wife, Cathy, have been married for 25 years. Their son, Aaron, graduated from Indiana University in 2006.
- Program 121
- Tracing your roots, Apple Patch, Brightside, Cathedral of the Assumption, and U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth. (#121)