Charles Booker is a lifelong Kentuckian who was born and raised in the west end of Louisville, in one of the poorest zip codes in the state. Both of Charles’s parents had to drop out of high school to help take care of their brothers and sisters. Even with food stamps and free lunch, Charles still sometimes went hungry. After Charles found out he had diabetes, there were times when his family had to ration his insulin just to survive.
Now Charles and his wife Tanesha are raising two girls in Kentucky– but they worry every day about how they will pay for their daughters’ education while still paying off their own student loan debt.
For the last decade, Charles has been fighting for everyday Kentuckians, working at every level of government — local, state, and federal. In 2014, he was appointed as Director of Personnel and Administrative Services for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife under then-Governor Steve Beshear.
In 2018, Charles was elected to the Kentucky State House of Representatives, becoming the youngest black state legislator in 90 years. During his time in office, he has championed gun reform, voting rights, labor laws, and criminal justice, and passed bipartisan legislation to help Kentuckians get insulin in emergency situations. Charles is a proud member of the Kentucky Black Legislative Caucus.