Meet Josh Branscum

Josh Branscum was born and raised in Russell Springs, known as the gateway to Lake Cumberland. Josh is the executive vice president of Branscum Construction Company, Inc. and he has overseen new construction across the Commonwealth. Today, Josh is running for State Representative of District 83, which represents the communities within Clinton, Cumberland, and Russell Counties, as well as part of Pulaski County.

While construction is undoubtedly in his blood, Josh earned his position within his family’s construction company through sweat and diligence. Josh began working as a laborer and he fondly remembers his first job, the Russell Springs Elementary School. While taking on construction jobs, Josh received his Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Communications at Georgetown College (2005). He then continued his higher education at Eastern Kentucky University, earning his Bachelor of Science in Construction Management (2007).

After graduation, Josh joined Branscum Construction’s MED (Marketing, Estimating & Design) Department and oversaw all areas of Project Development. He was later promoted to the role of business development director where he managed business relations and project acquisitions.

Josh has been involved in hundreds of projects around his community and across the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Some of the more recent projects include the new Russell County Public Library and the Lake Cumberland Regional College and Workforce Center.  Both of these projects will be landmarks for the local and surrounding communities and will help shape the future of generations to come.

Josh has been a supporter of better government for some time. He served the Republican Party of Kentucky as an Executive Committee Member of the Republican State Central Committee. In 2015, Josh began serving on Kentucky’s State Board of Elections.

Josh was appointed Chairman of Kentucky’s State Board of Elections in 2018. The state board is an independent agency tasked with protecting the integrity of our election process and maintains the voter registration database. This work ensures that all Kentuckians have access to their fundamental right to vote in local, statewide and presidential elections. In addition, the State Board of Elections works closely with county clerks across the Commonwealth and providing them with the tools to run secure and successful elections.

Josh married his high school sweetheart, Kara Branscum, in 2008. They live in Russell Springs with their two happy and healthy children and attend First Baptist Church. Josh enjoys hunting and fishing on the family farm, attending sporting events, practicing martial arts and spending time with family and friends.