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Stephen L. Knipper

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Personal Details

Stephen L. Knipper (Republican) was a candidate for Kentucky Secretary of State. Knipper lost the primary on May 21, 2019.

Knipper was previously the Republican nominee for Kentucky Secretary of State in the 2015 elections. He announced his campaign for the office in June 2014 and filed his candidacy on November 6, 2014. Knipper was defeated by incumbent Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.

Knipper was an underwriter with Cincinnati Financial from 1995 to 2004 and a project coordinator with Midland from 2003 to 2005. He has since worked as a project manager with Mercy Health Partners.

Knipper has previously served on the Erlanger City Council and the Kenton County Board of Adjustments.

Education

  • Graduate, Covington Catholic High School
  • Bachelor's degree in political science, Northern Kentucky University
Elections

2019

General election
General election for Kentucky Secretary of State

Michael Adams (R) defeated Heather French Henry (D) in the general election for Kentucky Secretary of State on November 5, 2019.

Michael Adams (R)
52.3%
746,275 Votes

Heather French Henry (D)
47.7%
681,763 Votes

Total votes: 1,428,038

Democratic primary election
Democratic primary for Kentucky Secretary of State

Heather French Henry defeated Jason Belcher, Jason Griffith, and Geoff Sebesta in the Democratic primary for Kentucky Secretary of State on May 21, 2019.

Heather French Henry (D)
71.0%
263,419 Votes

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Jason Belcher (D)
12.9%
47,923 Votes

Jason Griffith (D)
12.8%
47,655 Votes

Geoff Sebesta (D)
3.3%
12,088 Votes

Total votes: 371,085

Republican primary election
Republican primary for Kentucky Secretary of State

Michael Adams defeated Andrew English, Stephen L. Knipper, and Carl Nett in the Republican primary for Kentucky Secretary of State on May 21, 2019.

Michael Adams (R)
41.3%
94,404 Votes

Andrew English (R)
27.4%
62,677 Votes

Stephen L. Knipper (R)
18.1%
41,367 Votes

Carl Nett (R)
13.3%
30,340 Votes

Total votes: 228,788

2015

General election

Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes defeated her Republican rival, Stephen L. Knipper. Grimes was one of only two Democratic candidates to win in the 2015 Kentucky state executive official elections.

Secretary of State, 2015

Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Democrat Green check mark transparent.pngAlison Lundergan Grimes Incumbent 51.2% 493,598
Republican Stephen L. Knipper 48.8% 471,209
Total Votes 964,807
Election results via Kentucky Secretary of State

There was no Republican primary in 2015 as only one candidate filed for the office.