For Barren County Commonwealth’s Attorney Karen Davis, her introduction to the legal profession came at a young age.

Growing up in Glasgow, Davis recalled spending many afternoons at the Mary Wood Weldon Library after finishing up for the day at the Liberty Street School.

When she was in seventh grade, Davis discovered “Ms. Attorney,” a book that talked about the increase of women entering law school.

“I read that book and I was just really intrigued by the idea of the law,” she said. “I went home and told my dad I want to be an attorney.”

After graduating from Barren County High School in 1984, Davis took that intrigue with her to college. From 1984 until 1988, she attended Kentucky State University in Frankfort and graduated Magna Cum Laude, with a major in liberal arts.

Not taking any time off before law school, Davis began taking courses at the Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University immediately upon graduation from KSU. Working in Glasgow during school holidays allowed her to move right along with her education.

“My dad worked at Donnelley’s, so I worked at Donnelley’s during the summer and Christmas break to help supplement funds so that I could go straight through,” she said.

After graduating law school with a Juris Doctor in May 1991, Davis began her career. Her first job was as a law clerk for the Warren Circuit Court. She held the position for the next 14 months.

That was followed in 1993 with a job as a law clerk for Justice Charles Reynolds of the Kentucky Supreme Court. She stayed with him until 1998 before returning to Barren County.

For the first six months of 1999, Davis worked under Jeff Sharp as his full-time assistant county attorney. By July, Davis was promoted to full-time assistant commonwealth’s attorney under Phil Patton. She held the position until November 2001, when she was elected to the position of commonwealth’s attorney for Barren and Metcalfe counties.

When not working, Davis devotes time to her family. She has been married to her husband David for the last ten years. The couple also have two young children; nine-year-old Rachel and five-year-old Garrison, both of whom attend Red Cross Elementary School.

As the two children have gotten older, Davis said their interests have gone to sports.

“They’re into baseball, soccer and all those things,” she said.

The family attends Glenview Christian Church, where Davis has taken part in the living Christmas tree around the holidays.

Regarding her reasons for running for re-election as commonwealth’s attorney, Davis pointed to the things she’s accomplished in office at a relatively young age.

“I feel like I have found a niche,” she said. “I was fortunate to attain this goal at a young age and I feel like I have made differences in our community with a positive result.”

One of the things she is most proud of is her strong stance against those who commit crimes against women and children.

“Barren County has a reputation for taking cases in that area that maybe other prosecutors wouldn’t be willing to tackle,” she said. “I feel like I’ve been a strong advocate for those who can’t or won’t stick up for themselves.”

Throughout her career, however, the thing Davis seemed the most proud of is her ability to hold true to herself and her principles, noting that she has maintained her integrity and not been unduly influenced by any outside factors.

“I can still look at myself in the mirror every morning and feel like I’ve tried to do the right thing for the right reason,” she said. “I think that’s what the average working-class citizen wants and expects of their public servants and I want to be able to provide that.”


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