from the Campaign

Ed Gallrein of the Gallrein Farms Family Announces His State Senate Candidacy For 2024

Shelbyville, KY — Thursday, Edward G. Gallrein III – of the Gallrein Farms Family – and a retired U.S. Navy SEAL Captain and Army Ranger — officially announced his candidacy for Kentucky State Senate District 7, which includes Anderson, Henry, Jefferson (Part), and Shelby Counties. Gallrein and his family have demonstrated excellence in Agriculture in Kentucky for over 100 years. Gallrein and his wife, Heather, currently own and operate a farm and horse stable in Shelby County. Gallrein is running for state senate to apply his passion for agriculture, community service, and public safety to be a champion for the people in the 7th District.

“As a senator, I will focus on strengthening the local businesses and industries that provide jobs and opportunities in our district and keeping our communities safe and strong” said Gallrein. “After nearly 40 years of service in support of national security and foreign policy, I look forward to applying my experience and leadership for the benefit of our local communities. My experiences have taught me how to handle extreme pressure and build relationships with others to obtain optimum outcomes. My credentials will help me effectively navigate the policy-making process to best represent and support our residents.”

Gallrein is a highly-decorated combat Veteran, senior Navy SEAL Officer and an Army Ranger. His military career spanned three decades on active duty, and another decade as an advisor to senior Government Leaders. Gallrein has planned, led, and conducted sensitive Special Operations in support of U.S. National Security Strategy and Foreign Policy Objectives around the globe. Gallrein’s accolades and awards include three bronze stars and two presidential unit citations for superior performance in combat, among other personal and unit awards. Today, Gallrein serves as an Executive Coach within VISTAGE, assisting CEOs and businesses in Louisville and the surrounding areas to make better decisions for their business and communities.

“I grew up on a family dairy farm in Kentucky,” said Gallrein. “When times were hard, strong family work ethic and community ties saw us through. As your next state senator, I will support policies and legislation that foster healthy, safe, resilient, and prosperous communities. I know how to problem-solve with others on volatile and complex issues, and how to work with large organizations and other stakeholders to obtain positive solutions. I ask your support to allow me to use my experience to continue to serve and ensure Senate District 7 is a good place for its citizens, farms, and businesses to prosper.”

Beyond his professional engagements, Gallrein is passionate about issues that affect Veterans and military families. He is the President of the Underwater Demolition Team-SEAL Association’s Midsouth Chapter (three state area) and plays a pivotal role in steering the SEAL Association’s efforts in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Arkansas to support Veterans and their families. He is also active in the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association.

Gallrein and his wife are advocates for Kentucky’s equestrian heritage, particularly when it comes to fostering the advancement of ethical and sustainable industry practices. Gallrein is also a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association and a certified NRA rifle and pistol instructor.

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State Senate Candidate Ed Gallrein in Naval Uniform