Daniel Mongiardo for Lt. Governor
Caring for others has been the hallmark of Dr. Daniel Mongiardo's career in both the private and public sectors.
His dedication as a physician and surgeon in Eastern Kentucky is a matter of widespread knowledge and appreciation. It is further validated by his performance as Kentucky State Senator, especially in the areas of health care, family services and challenging the status quo.
Born on July 4, 1960 in Hazard, Daniel grew up the eldest among three surviving children of Jimmy and Katherine Mongiardo. An older brother died as an infant in a community with then limited medical care. That heartbreaking event along with others in Perry County-- where families too frequently struggled with health issues -- became the catalyst for this man's chosen profession.
After graduating from Hazard High School, Transylvania University and the University of Kentucky School of Medicine, Dr. Mongiardo completed a surgical residency at the UK Hospital.
The prestigious McGill University in Montreal, Canada selected him for residency training in otolaryngology (ears, nose and throat). From there he returned to his home community, where he delivered specialized medical and surgical treatment to local as well as residents from far and wide who sought his expertise.
"Dr. Dan" was one of the founders of the Rotary Free Clinic, a non-profit organization combining the efforts of Community Ministries, local physicians and the Perry County Rotary Club. Free health care became available to those most in need including the uninsured - the working poor. He remains a Board member of that Clinic.
At the Appalachian Regional Medical Center Dr. Mongiardo has served as vice-chief of surgery, chief of surgery, vice-chief of staff and as chief of staff and continues to be on staff serving patients as the only ear nose and throat surgeon for a large area of Southeastern Kentucky.
These experiences helped him recognize the importance of becoming someone who could be a leading voice about medical concerns of all Kentuckians. To do so he campaigned for the Senate, was elected in 2000 and currently represents Bell, Harlan, Leslie and Perry Counties.
In that role he has emerged as a significant advocate of bold and innovative health care proposals, some challenging entrenched special interests along with repressive, out-dated ways of doing things. Examples of his committee assignments also show how Sen. Mongiardo focuses on matters specific to our veterans, about military affairs and public protection.
From May until November 2003 Daniel was vice-chairman of the Kentucky Democratic Party. In that position he traveled across the Commonwealth listening, discussing and analyzing citizen needs. The next year he challenged incumbent U.S. Senator Jim Bunning, garnering more than 850,000 votes in a hair width loss to his heavily financed opponent. This show of support translated into the largest number of ballots cast for any Democratic candidate in Kentucky's history.
And now Dr. Mongiardo has stepped forward again to serve as the Lt. Governor candidate on the Democratic slate with his friend Steve Beshear. His mission remains unchanged - listen to, learn from and help Kentuckians.
Steve Beshear has said repeatedly that as Lt. Governor, Daniel will be deeply involved in major tasks, working on critical topics and assuming responsibility for key projects.
Whether as a surgeon, a State Senator, a United States Senate Candidate and now as a candidate for Lieutenant Governor, Daniel has worked tirelessly to convince lawmakers and other elected officials that the only way to make government work for the people is to listen to the people.
He and Steve Beshear are ready to provide bold leadership for Kentucky listening to the people and working for progress.