|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|
|Political party||Democratic (before 2019)|
|Alma mater||Georgetown College, University of Louisville|
Hubbard served in Congress for 18 years, but 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. During his time in Congress, he mounted an unsuccessful primary challenge for governor in 1979.
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 also convicted of using his congressional aides to work on her failed campaign for Congress and was sentenced to five years' probation.
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.
Hubbard announced that he was changing his party affiliation to Republican, due to developments in the Democratic Party in recent years, according to a staff report in the Paducah Sun, September 28, 2019 (page 2A).