|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Kentucky's 1st district
January 3, 1975 - January 3, 1993
|Member of the Kentucky Senate|
|Born||July 7, 1937|
Murray, Kentucky, U.S.
|Political party||Democratic (before 2019)|
|Alma mater||Georgetown College (BA)|
University of Louisville (JD)
|Branch/service||Kentucky Air National Guard|
Kentucky Army National Guard
|Years of service||1962-1967 (Air)|
Hubbard served in Congress for 18 years, during which he mounted an unsuccessful primary challenge for governor in 1979.
In 1983, Hubbard was invited to South Korea to attend a celebration of the 30th anniversary of the United States-South Korea Mutual Defense Treaty with three fellow members of Congress, including Larry McDonald and Senator Jesse Helms. Hubbard and Helms planned to meet with McDonald to discuss how to join McDonald on the Korean Air Lines Flight 007. However, as the delays mounted, instead of joining McDonald, Hubbard at the last minute gave up on the trip, canceled his reservations, and accepted a Kentucky speaking engagement. The flight was later shot down by the Soviet Union killing all passengers and crew.
He lost his 1992 re-election bid in the Democratic primary to Thomas Barlow after becoming one of a number of Representatives embroiled in the "Rubbergate" House banking scandal. After he pleaded guilty to violations of federal campaign finance laws, Hubbard served two years in prison from 1995 to 1997. His wife Carol Brown Hubbard, was convicted of using her husbands' congressional aides to work on her campaign for Congress. Which failed. She was sentenced to five years' probation.
Hubbard announced that he was changing his party affiliation to Republican, due to developments in the Democratic Party in recent years.
In January 2020, he filed to run for the Kentucky House of Representatives against Republican incumbent Steven Rudy. Hubbard lost the primary to Rudy by a wide margin. Rudy will face Democratic candidate Corbin Snardon in the general election.
During a grandparent's visitation case, Hubbard mailed a photograph of the opposing counsel and her wife with a homophobic slur written on it. The fallout from that incident resulted in five counts of misconduct including lying under oath about the incident. The Kentucky Supreme Court suspended him from the practice of law for sixty days.