Doug Haynes is a businessperson who owns his own company, Haynes & Associates. He is also a philanthropist, with his most recent donation of 1 million dollars to the University of Kentucky. Doug grew up in Bowling Green and attended undergraduate college at Western Kentucky University before graduating from the University of Kentucky College of Law. While in law school, he was hired as an assistant U.S.U.S. attorney for the Eastern District Court by President Jimmy Carter’s Attorney General Griffin Bell.
Haynes has had a successful career in business and politics, primarily as an attorney. He was the first African-American elected to the Green County Commission and later appointed chairman by Governor Paul Patton. Haynes served on the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees for five years. He was also a former member of the Green County Development Commission and served on the Eastern KY Regional Council for Community Development board.
Haynes is known for being a community activist who has become involved in many projects, including environmental causes. Haynes has been an active member of the non-profit organization Friends of Union Station, which focuses on developing solutions to issues in Washington, DC. The group meets regularly to discuss activism and improvements at Union Station. He is also a founding member and former Board Chairman of Friends For Our Riverfronts, an organization founded to engage citizens in decision-making processes regarding the renovation and maintenance of Frankfort’s Constitution Square Park.
Doug has actively participated in many community initiatives, including the Kentucky Young Lawyers Association and Kentucky Bar Association. He served as past president of the Ky Y.L.A., was on the board of directors for the Kentucky Bar Foundation, and volunteered at the Oxford Recreation Center.
Doug Haynes has also served as a member of the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council. In 2011, he was elected Vice Chairman, where he led efforts to improve economic development opportunities and foster new business growth.
In his career,
Doug Haynes has won several notable awards. In 1985, the Kentucky Association of Young Lawyers named him “Young Lawyer of the Year.” He was also one of only six lawyers in Kentucky to be selected as a Board Member for the Chief Justice’s Conference on Racial Awareness and Opportunity. In 1989, President George H.W. Bush recognized Haynes with the U.S.U.S. Attorney General’s Award for community service. Haynes was also honored by being named “Lawyer of the Year” by The Courier-Journal and The Lexington Herald-Leader in 1991 and 1992, respectively.