Our story weaves through some of the more consequential events of Kentucky political history.

As the grandson of Kentucky Governor Keen Johnson (1939-1943), Bob and his family have been at the center of political life in Kentucky for many years. Twice elected statewide to public office in Kentucky as State Auditor (1988-1992) and Secretary of State (1992-1996), Bob has spent a lifetime shaping public policy. Having also served as a key assistant to Kentucky Governor Julian Carroll (1976-1979), a top aide to the former mayor of Lexington, KY, and as an advisor to former University of Kentucky President Otis Singletary, Bob’s experience in the public sector spans decades and traverses all levels of government.

But some of Bob’s most important work has come as the leading lobbyist of Babbage Cofounder. Cofounder, a name that stems from Bob’s visionary efforts to cofound Leadership Kentucky, launch the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership program in Kentucky, and help initiate the Lexington Dream Factory, is a foremost government relations and corporate strategies firm focused on turning concerns into action and initiatives into results.

Cofounder’s accomplishments have come at the federal, state and local levels, and include landmark events such as the 2004 federal jobs act resulting in a $10.1 billion farm provision, critical legislation affecting technology deployment and tax issues, and advocacy for new laws that have led to health advances in diabetes and cancer.

Bob’s grandfather, Keen Johnson, riding with President Franklin D. Roosevelt

A young Bob with President Clinton in front of Air Force One.

Bob’s mother meeting Eleanor Roosevelt in the White House.

Bob’s grandfather, Keen Johnson, with Presidents JFK and LBJ.

Bob has also been recognized as Kentucky’s “top Frankfort lobbyist” by various media sources including the Lexington Herald-Leader, Louisville Courier-Journal and Huffington Post. He has been one of the state’s “20 most influential” non-elected leaders by the Louisville Courier-Journal and one of the “Top 40 Kentucky Leaders” by The Lane Report, a leading statewide business magazine.

Bob’s equally accomplished wife, Laura, manages Cofounder’s strong philanthropic and charitable efforts on behalf of the firm and our clients. Laura directs Cofounder’s unique advocacy efforts, which help guide non-profits and other enterprises in the effective use of stakeholders and advocates, to win support. A registered nurse with decades of experience in business development, medical practice administration, patient care and advocacy, Cofounder’s perspective and strengths in health-related issues are an extension of Laura’s career in health care and hospital management.

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