Lieutenant Governor Jacqueline Coleman is an educator, basketball coach, writer, and founder of a non-profit. She is wife to Chris and a bonus mom to Emma, Will, and Nate; she and Chris are expecting a daughter in February. Her family lives in her childhood community in Mercer County.
Public service was a way of life for Jacqueline and her family. As a fifth-generation Mercer Countian, Jacqueline was raised to offer a hand up to those in need and, as a result, she has devoted her personal and professional life to serving her community. She is a tireless advocate for public education and a strong proponent of young women stepping into leadership roles.
As a high school basketball coach, Jacqueline led her teams to five consecutive record-breaking seasons and one appearance in the Sweet 16. She earned regional Coach of the Year honors in 2015.
Jacqueline’s leadership doesn’t end in the classroom or on the court. Her experience as an alumna of Emerge Kentucky drove her to found her own nonprofit, Lead Kentucky, in 2013. Lead Kentucky ensures Kentucky’s college women are prepared, encouraged, and empowered to seek leadership positions on their campuses and later in their professional fields. Since its inception, Lead Kentucky has empowered 50 campus ambassadors with 29 different majors on more than a dozen college campuses.
Most recently, Jacqueline served as an assistant principal at Nelson County High School. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in Educational Leadership at the University of Kentucky.
As Lieutenant Governor, Jacqueline will focus on creating an excellent public education system in Kentucky that will produce the future leaders of our Commonwealth. She will also concentrate on the many challenges facing rural Kentucky.
Jacqueline is determined to give a voice to Kentuckians who feel shut out, but refuse to back down – to build a Kentucky that works for all of us.