John K. Carter, Oldham County Attorney
Undergraduate School: B.A. (English Literature); Kentucky Southern College (1965)
Graduate School: J.D.; Brandeis School of Law, University of Louisville (1969)
Admitted to Practice Law in Kentucky: 1970
John Carter’s legal experience spans more than four decades of varied public service and private practice. John was elected to the office of Oldham County Attorney in 2010 and began serving on January 1, 2011. From 1990 to 2011, John engaged in private legal practice in Jefferson and Oldham County specializing in criminal, civil and family court litigation. During this time he maintained the highest Martindale-Hubbell rating by his peers. John was previously elected to the Jefferson County District Court and served as a District Judge from 1978 to 1990. In this capacity, he presided over hundreds of thousands of cases in matters similar to those he now prosecutes as Oldham County Attorney.
John was appointed by the Kentucky Supreme Court to the Criminal Rules Revision Committee from 1978-1980. His work on this Advisory Committee contributed to major changes in Kentucky criminal procedure including plea bargaining, grand jury practice, discovery and sentencing. John also held the distinction of being appointed Special Circuit Court Judge by Order of the Supreme Court of Kentucky, serving in Harlan, Greenup, Perry and Jefferson Counties. Before serving in a judicial capacity, John practiced law from 1974 to 1978. He also served as an FBI agent for three years in the Minneapolis and New York City office of the FBI.
John is a member of the Oldham County and Louisville Bar Associations and he is licensed to practice before the United States Supreme Court and the United States Tax Court.
John is a member of Okalona Baptist Church where his father has been pastor for the past 63 years. John and his wife, Kathleen, have been married 46 years. Kathleen is a retired classroom teacher and a 1964 graduate of Oldham County High School. They have two adult children and reside in LaGrange.
Travis “Tate” Combs, Jr., Assistant County Attorney
Undergraduate School: B.S. (Commerce); University of Kentucky (1965)
Graduate School: J.D.; University of Kentucky College of Law (1968)
Admitted to Practice Law in Kentucky: 1969
Tate has operated a law practice in Oldham County since 1972 in the areas of civil and criminal litigation. From 1969 through 1972, he served as a Captain in the United States Air Force, Judge Advocate General’s Corp. Tate recently joined the Oldham County Attorney’s Office in 2011 as an assistant prosecutor. His primary duties include prosecuting traffic, misdemeanor, felony and disability guardianship cases in Oldham District Court. Tate also represents the Oldham County Board of Adjustments and Appeals. He is a Kentucky Colonel and a member of the Oldham County, Jefferson County and Kentucky Bar Associations.