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Russell G. Mobley, known as Russ Mobley (born November 18, 1933) is a former Republican member of the Kentucky House of Representatives from District 51 (Taylormarker and Adairmarker counties) in the south central portion of the state. Prior to his legislative service, which extended from 2001-2009, Mobley was an associate professor of theatre arts at Baptist-affiliated Campbellsville University (formerly College) in Campbellsvillemarker, the seat and largest community of Taylor County. During his teaching career, from which he retired in 2005, Mobley directed many student plays, such as an acclaimed 1987 performance of Fiddler on the Roof.

Mobley was not a candidate for a fifth two-year term in 2008. The Republican nominee, John "Bam" Carney, also an educator, was elected to succeed Mobley.

Mobley holds Bachelor's and Master of Arts degrees from the University of Kentuckymarker in Lexingtonmarker. He served in the United States Air Force from 1951–1955. He is a former member of Rotary Internationalmarker. He is a member of the Campbellsville Baptist Church.

Mobley was elected to the Kentucky House in 2000. He was unopposed in the Republican primary when the two-term incumbent, Ricky Lee Cox (born 1958) of Campbellsville, did not seek reelection. In the general election, Mobley defeated the Democrat Russell Montgomery (since a Republican) by 1,305 votes. He won by an even larger margin in 2002, when he defeated the Democrat Henry "Butch" Wheatley by 2,417 ballots. He was reelected in his largely Republican district in 2004 and 2006 as well.

He serves on the House Labor and Industry, Transportation, and Education committees. One of Mobley's legislative priorities is the ongoing widening of Kenucky State Highways 210 and 55, an $18.7 million project announced by Governor Ernie Fletcher. The widening project in Taylor County is part of the larger Heartland Parkway, which will ultimately connect the existing Cumberland Parkway and the Blue Grass Parkway.

Some consider Mobley to have been one of the more conservative members of the Kentucky legislature. He supported the right to life and endorsed the anti-abortion legislator Stan Lee, the unsuccessful Republican nominee for Attorney General of Kentucky in the November 6, 2007, general election. Mobley was a strong supporter of former Governor Fletcher whom he described as "a man who keeps his promises." He backed English as the official language and opposed same-sex marriages.

In the middle 1970s, Mobley made an unsuccessful race for the United States House of Representatives from the Lexington-based Sixth Congressional District. In 1981, he ran unsuccessfully in the Republican primary for the District 16 seat in the Kentucky State Senate, having been defeated by the incumbent Doug Moseley, a United Methodist minister then living in Albanymarker and later Campbellsville and Bowling Greenmarker.

Mobley and his wife, Carole M. Mobley (born 1938), a pharmacist, are the parents of three sons and two daughters: twins Jeffrey Mobley, an attorney in Nashvillemarker, Tennesseemarker, and Gregory Mobley (born September 21, 1957), a professor of Old Testament at Andover Newton Theological Schoolmarker in Newton, Massachusettsmarker; Joel Mobley (born 1966), an assistant professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Mississippimarker in Oxfordmarker; Stephanie M. Woodie, an instructor at Berea Collegemarker in Bereamarker, Kentucky, and Suzanne M. Bennett, an educator in the Green County School District. Gregory Mobley is the coauthor of The Birth of Satan: Tracing the Devil's Biblical Roots.



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