Denise was born, raised, and continues to live in the 6th District.
She graduated from Bryan Station High School in 1997. She went to the University of Louisville, where she received a B.A. in Communications and was a member of the National Championship Cheerleading Squad. After undergraduate school, she graduated from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.
Denise is committed to public service and has dedicated her life to serving her community.
She sought to further her impact on her community and shifted her career to education. She started working with Fayette County Public Schools, helping Booker T. Washington Intermediate Academy students, Harrison Elementary, Crawford Middle, and Bryan Station High Schools.
As a testament to Denise’s dedication to public service, and her commitment to her community, she has held several digital town hall nonpartisan conversations to address the “Hard Issues.” Her “Addressing the Elephant in the Room: Race” town hall, which addressed policing, and other issues, was covered by the media around the Commonwealth. “Kentucky Conversations with Denise Gray” focused on the lives of our fellow Kentuckians.
I’m honored to serve as a board member of the Autism Society Bluegrass and Wisdom Council of the Southern Black Girls and Women’s Consortium. Previously, she worked with the Kentucky Education Association as a member of its Program & Budget Committee and was a KEA Fellow. She has also been featured as part of the National Education Association’s See Educators Run Program. Denise is family-oriented and strongly supported by her family and friends.