In his lexington office, surrounded by the memories of his previous life, former Congressman Ben Chandler, isn't missing the nine years he spent in Washington. "I'm glad to have the opportunity to be here with my family close at hand. It means a lot," said Chandler.
It's not the loss of last year's election that leaves a bitter taste in his mouth, but the changes he saw take place in Washington, DC over the years. "The money you had to raise in order to stay in Congress was obscene. I was a moderate. The people on the left didn't necessarily like the votes I cast and the people on the right didn't necessarily like the votes I cast. So I got yelled at by everybody," Chandler explained with a smile.
Chandler is now the executive director of the Kentucky Humanities Council located on Maxwell Street in Lexington. The goal of the Kentucky Humanities Council, a non profit group, is to tell Kentucky residents about the past. "To push Kentucky's traditions--Kentucky's heritage, it's just me. It's what I love," Chandler said.
Chandler hasn't ruled out politics in the future, but has no desire to return to Washington.