State Representative Addia Wuchner is wife, mother, grandmother, businesswoman and nurse. She is a member of the Kentucky House of Representatives, serving the people of the 66th District in Boone County since 2005. Addia’s passion for Kentucky runs deep; her family settled in the area today known as Rockcastle County as they were granted land for military service in the Revolutionary War.
As a fiscal conservative, Representative Wuchner has diligently worked to reduce government spending and has stood against tax increases on Kentucky’s citizens and businesses. Conservative organizations that rank fiscal policy have consistently ranked Representative Wuchner at the top. In 2008, she received the Defender of Economic Freedom Award from Kentucky Club for Growth.
Throughout her tenure in the Kentucky General Assembly, Addia has stood firm on her conservative values: Pro Kentucky Families, Pro Life, Pro Gun, Pro-Kentucky Jobs and a strong Kentucky for the next generation.
Addia serves on Education, Transportation, and Tourism and Energy Committees and as Vice Chair of Health and Welfare. Additionally, she is a member of the Ohio River Task Force, the Kentucky Adolescent Literacy Task Force, the Kentucky Poverty Task Force, and the Interim Post Secondary Education House and Senate Committee. She is a former member of the Economic Development and Banking and Insurance Committees.
Addia’s executive leadership and professional experience brings a different dynamic to the legislature with a clear understanding of outcome driven processes and application of best practices, and a focus on Kentucky’s economic future, as well as her commitment to improving education, health care and fiscal policy.
Representative Wuchner is the former Director of Corporate Relations and Vice President of Strategic Planning for the St. Luke Hospitals and the Health Alliance. Addia is registered nurse and has been a dedicated health care professional for twenty-six years. She is recognized for her contributions in advancing the role of bioethics in health care and public policy and director of numerous volunteer foreign medical missions.
She is a graduate of Bellarmine University, attended the University of Louisville, and continued her studies in bioethics at Regina Apostolorum Pontifical University, School of Bioethics, Rome, Italy. Representative Wuchner holds an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Thomas More College in recognition of her work in bioethics and international humanitarian aid.
Addia is a graduate of the 2007 Class of Leadership Kentucky and a 2005 Toll Fellow (Quest for Excellence) alumna, which recognizes excellence in political leaders.
Addia’s passion and legislative work reflects her personal political mantra, “It is not about the next election, but the next generation and we cannot continue to tax and spend away their future. Our children are 25% of the population but 100% of the future” She has been committed to a fiscally responsible Kentucky, lower taxes, additionally she works tirelessly on issues concerning children, their education and their wellbeing.”
In 2006, she successfully incorporated her proposed child pornography legislation into the Kentucky sex offender legislation which changed state law; increasing child pornography from a misdemeanor to a Class D Felony.
Both in the General Assembly and throughout Northern Kentucky, Addia engages much of her energy on issues concerning health care and children’s health care policy, education, and economic development. As a board member of Boone County Success by Six, she was instrumental in helping secure a $719,000 Early Learning Opportunity Grant, the first to be awarded in Kentucky.
Additionally, she has been committed to public policies that assure all children are prepared to succeed in school, in 2006, she filed model legislation, the “Ready, Set, Success Act,” which was adopted by the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Families. She has initiated legislation that’s committed to improving the health and welfare of Kentucky’s elementary school children by promoting physical activity in public schools.
During the 2010 Legislative Session, Addia continued her efforts with House Bill 52, the Healthy Kids Act of 2010, and HB109, Assessment and Early Learning Interventions for Children K-3 with Learning Differences known as Dyslexia. She was primary author of landmark legislation, the Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma Act, sadly known as the Shaken Baby Bill unanimously passed into law during the 2010 Session.
Addia was recognized by the American Academy of Pediatrics as the 2010 recipient of the “American Academy of Pediatrics Friend of the Child Award” for her commitment to improving the health of children in the Commonwealth.
2009, she was recognized as 2009 Legislator of the Year – You’re the Cure by the American Heart Association and recognized by the Boone County Board of Education for achievements on behalf of the school district. Addia was the recipient of the 2008 Economic Freedom Award from the Kentucky Club for Growth, and the 2007 Health Achievement Award presented by the American Advocates for Health, for her leadership in improving the health of all Kentuckians.
Addia founded and directed Project Wings of Mercy, a project that offered humanitarian and medical aid to the victims of war torn Bosnia during the 1992-1995 conflict where she ventured where most would not want to travel organizing and conducting seven medical and humanitarian missions. Additionally, she served as regional liaison with Helping Hands Medical Missions, Haiti/Mexico and traveled to Mexico and Haiti with a team of physicians and health care professionals. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Addia volunteered on one of Kentucky’s first medical response teams in New Orleans.
Addia is in demand both nationally and internationally, as a speaker on fiscal public policy issues, health care dynamics and insurance reform, children’s health/wellbeing, bioethics, beginning and end of life ethics, issues facing women and the family. She has presented complex health issues at local and international conferences and has presented/testified before the United States Congress. In 1998 and 2000, she served as a U.S. delegate to the Pontific Conference on Women’s Health in Rome.
In 2006, Addia was diagnosed with breast cancer, but that didn’t slow down her pace. She just added breast health awareness to her list of presentations, “Not Just Fighting and Surviving, but THRIVING” and “Joy, in the Shadow of the Cross.” During the 2008 Relay for Life, Wuchner’s Team of Champions for a Cure, donned pink boxing gloves as they walked to raise awareness and funding for breast and childhood cancers.
In 2009, Addia helped to organize the Kentucky Thorough-Breasts – “Fillies for the Cure”- Kentucky’s first Breast Cancer Survivor Dragon Boat Racing Team. As co-founder/Executive Director and team coxswain, Addia and her team of over twenty breast cancer survivors represent Kentucky women paddling/competing both nationally and internationally promoting health awareness and active lifestyle. Her personal message, “wrapped in the diagnoses of cancer comes a gift tied in pink ribbons, which is found not by just fighting and surviving, but thriving and giving back to others.”
Last summer, Addia and team organized/promoted Kentucky’s First Annual Dragon Boat Festival, a breast cancer fundraising event which was held on A.J. Jolly Lake, in Campbell County Park. The event drew an estimated 2000 spectators cheering on six hundred competitors (32 teams) and raised over $20,000 for the Women’s Breast Health Center at St. Elizabeth Health Care.
Her personal time has been committed to family, raising money and awareness for breast cancer and women’s health and serving as an ambassador for issues close to her heart; child abuse and neglect and chider with the learning difference known as dyslexia.
Addia is originally from Jefferson County, but has lived in Northern Kentucky for over twenty four years. She is the mother of three adult children, and grandmother of seven, including a set of identical twins. Addia has two very large pets, Jack and Jill—a team of draft horses that she drives in local parades.