I want to tell you a little bit about J. Marshall Hughes. I am a partner in Hughes & Coleman Law Firm, a businessman and a farmer. I am married to Judith Given Hughes, daughter of the late Ken Given, the first “voice of the Hilltoppers.” I am also a member of Christ Episcopal Church.

I graduated from Greenville Elementary and High School in Greenville, Kentucky and later from Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky. I went on to receive my Juris Doctor at the Indiana University School of Law.

I am a member of the Masonic Lodge, Elks Lodge, Moose Lodge and Shriners. My love for the outdoors has encouraged me to become a member of the North American Hunting Club, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, National Parks and Conservation Association, Ducks Unlimited, Quail Unlimited, Quail Forever, National Rifle Association, Cousteau Society, National Geographic Society and National Association of Underwater Divers. Some civic memberships I am involved in include Fraternal Order of Police, Order of Kentucky Colonels, Bowling Green – Warren County Chamber of Commerce, Butler County Chamber of Commerce, Western Kentucky University Hilltopper Athletic Foundation. I am also a member of the Kentucky Bar Association, Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity, Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity, and American Judicature Society.

I also enjoyed serving on the Board of Directors for the Friends of Lost River, Camp Joy Baptist Summer Camp, Bowling Green Housing Authority, Bowling Green – Warren County Jaycees and the Boys Club of Bowling Green.

Judi and I have also had the pleasure of being a part of some great opportunities in our community. We started the Ken and Helen Given Scholarship and Hughes Kirkpatric Scholarship. We also founded the J. Marshall and Judi Hughes Theater at the L&N Train Depot in Bowling Green.

With Hughes & Coleman, I co-founded, Kids Are Special®, a non-profit child safety program. Kids Are Special® promotes fingerprinting of children for identification purposes and encourages bicycle safety through the sale of certified bicycle helmets at below cost.

I also co-founded Hope Blooms of Bowling Green, a daffodil garden located at the Phil Moore Park. The daffodils symbolize hope for cancer patients, cancer survivors, and their families across Warren County. Daffodils, one of the first flowers to bloom every spring, symbolize hope for a cancer free world.

I was happy to launch Arrive Alive, a program that reaches into the schools of south central Kentucky. This program brings a level of awareness to children in our area about the dangers of driving or riding with someone under the influence of alcohol. It also encourages teens and parents to sign a pledge not to drink and drive.