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Tom Jensen Receives Leadership Award


Tom Jensen receives a Leadership award from Mike Huckabee and University of the Cumberlands president Dr. Jim Taylor at UC’s 6th annual Leadership event on Tuesday, April 5.

Williamsburg, Ky. - Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee spoke to a crowded auditorium of 3,000 University of the Cumberlands (UC) students, staff and faculty, as well as friends from across the state of Kentucky, during the University’s 6th annual Forcht Group of Kentucky Center for Excellence in Leadership event on Tuesday, April 5. Held in the O. Wayne Rollins Center on UC’s campus, Huckabee’s speech, “Leadership in a Free and Strong America,” highlighted not only the economic crisis in America but the moral issues behind the problem and the moral solutions to work towards change.

The Center, that sponsors internationally renowned speakers recognized for their character and leadership, provides a keynote speaker yearly at UC to help raise the visibility of the University’s values.

At this year’s program UC honored eight individuals who have been instrumental in demonstrating exceptional leadership in a free and strong America. These individuals were chosen because they demonstrate the essentials of leadership not only in their business lives but in their personal lives as well.

Tom Jensen was one of the honored guests to receive a Leadership in a Free and Strong America Award for his patriotism and drive for excellence to his family, community and nation and for serving as a role model to others by taking active steps in the development of a Free and Strong America.

Mr. Jensen graduated Cumberland College, now University of the Cumberlands, in 1972 and went on to attend law school at Northern Kentucky University, Chase College of Law. Tom graduated from law school in 1978 and opened his practice in London, KY, where he has a successful practice with three other partners in the firm of Jensen, Cessna, Benge, and Webster.

During his tenure at Cumberland, Tom became interested in politics after being recruited to get involved with the college’s Republican Party. In party politics, Tom has been chairman of the Laurel County Republican Party, chairman of the 5th Congressional District Republican Party, and chairman of the State of Kentucky Republican Party. He has also held a number of political positions.

In 1985, Tom was elected as state representative and served two years. After losing his re-election bid, Tom served as legal counsel to the House of Representatives. When the session was over, he again ran for the House of Representatives and was elected where he served until 1996. For four of those years, Tom was elected by his peers as minority floor leader. In 2003, Tom was inducted into the Republican 5th District Hall of Fame for his work and dedication to the Republican Party.

Tom has been married to his wife, Nannette, for 39 years. They have two daughters, Natalie Jensen and Laura Hays who is married to Dr. Henry Hays, a dentist in London, KY, and they have two children, Elle and Spencer.