Richie W. Kemp

Richie began his legal career as an attorney for Russ Wilkey, in Owensboro, Kentucky, in November, 2005. While in Owensboro, Richie gained valuable experience working with a very skilled attorney in a variety of areas of law. Richie returned to Graves County in January 2007, when he began working at Hargrove & Foster. Richie became a partner and the law firm was named Hargrove, Foster & Kemp in 2011. At Hargrove, Foster & Kemp, Richie represented clients in the areas of personal injury, bankruptcy, family law, general civil disputes, will/probate matters, and much more. In May 2012, Richie established the Law Office of Richie W. Kemp which later merged with Jesse E. Wright in November 2013, forming Kemp & Wright, PLLC.


In addition to his work as an attorney at Kemp and Wright, PLLC, Richie is currently employed by the Commonwealth of Kentucky as Asst. Commonwealth Attorney, prosecuting felonies committed in Graves County. He has held the position of Asst. Commonwealth Attorney continuously since January of 2007. Richie is also employed as Asst. County Attorney, representing the Commonwealth of Kentucky in cases involving crimes committed by juveniles and dependency, neglect, and abuse actions. Richie has served in this capacity continuously since July of 2009. Richie has gained significant experience as a trial attorney from his extensive work as a prosecutor.  


Richie is the President of the Graves County Bar Association.

Richie grew up in Symsonia, Graves County, Kentucky, and graduated from Graves County High School in 1997. Richie obtained his bachelors degree from Murray State University in 2001. In 2005, Richie received his law degree from Southern Illinois University School of Law. Richie is proud to have had the opportunity to serve as law clerk for then Graves County Circuit Court Judge, Hon. John T. Daughaday, in the Summer of 2004. Also in 2004, while in law school, Richie was published in the Journal of Legal Medicine (March 2004, Vol. 25, No. 1).   



Richie is very proud of his involvement in his hometown community of Mayfield, Kentucky.  Richie enjoys his time on the executive committee for the Graves County Democratic Party, where he has served since 2013. In 2014, Richie received the Young Democrat of the Year Award.  In February 2014, Richie helped create 12th Man Legacy, Inc., a non-profit corporation that, among other things, supports the Graves County football program and athletes in the Graves County community. Richie was one of the original board members, serving from February 2014 through January 2016. Richie is proud to have served on the board of directors for the Lighthouse – A Healing Place, from March 2013 to August 2015.  Richie also enjoyed his time as a mentor in the Graves County High School Mentor Program, from August 2010 to May 2014 (and he continues to be very proud of his mentee!).  He served two terms as a board member for Mayfield/Graves County Habitat for Humanity, between 2007 and 2013.  From 2007 to 2011, Richie served on the board of directors for the Need Line/Food Pantry of Mayfield/Graves County.  

Richie has been happily married to Jennifer (formerly Enoch) since May 24, 2008. He and Jenn love spending time with their two smart, beautiful, funny, talented, and awesome daughters! Richie's parents are Bettina Ivy, daughter of Tommy and Norma Ivy, and Louis Kemp, son of Rudy and Laura Nell Kemp. Richie has two younger brothers (that are inferior at football), Nick and Ethan Kemp, and one younger sister, Brooke Kemp.