About Josh French
Josh French was born and raised in central Kentucky. He grew up in rural Breckinridge County where he attended school until graduation in 1998. He was fortunate to be able to attend a Regional VoTech school for precision machining while attending high school, giving him a lifelong skilled trade.
He was his high school’s Vocational Industrial Clubs of America (VICA) President, where he excelled and placed fifth nationally in a precision machining competition in Kansas City in 1998. He began working right out of high school as a manual machinist in Louisville, KY. He worked at several different machining and manufacturing centers, steadily working to achieve his Journeyman’s Certificate as a Toolmaker over the next few years.
In 2003, Josh moved to Hardin County where he still resides today. He and his partner of nine years raise their two children, ages six and nine, in Elizabethtown, KY. Josh also has an eighteen year old son who resides in Breckinridge County.
In 2006, seeing the manufacturing sector of our economy taking a major hit, Josh left the field to pursue an associate degree in nursing. He was accepted to the very selective ADN Nursing program at Elizabethtown Community & Technical College (ECTC) and began his studies there. Unfortunately, circumstances in life led Josh back into the machining field before being able to complete his associate degree, despite being among the top of his class and leader of the student nursing association at the time.
Josh continued in the field of machining and toolmaking, working for global industry leaders such as defense giant BAE Systems, making some of the latest cutting edge weaponry for the US Naval fleet and US allies. Josh continues to work in the field as a Journeyman Machinist for a shop in Bardstown, KY today.
In late 2016, Josh became a member of a newly formed PAC, Heartland Progressive Alliance, based in Hardin County. He became its Treasurer in February 2017 and its Chairperson in February 2018, in which position he remained until resigning in October to run for Lt. Governor alongside Geoff Young for Governor of Kentucky in 2019. Together, they hope to bring power and economic prosperity back to all people in Kentucky by advocating common-sense measures to achieve a sound Commonwealth for its citizens.