Grayson Starts Work At Harvard, Says Return To Politics Is Possible

by Gabe Bullard on January 31, 2011

Former Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson starts his new job Monday as director of Harvard University’s Institute of Politics.

Grayson moved to Massachusetts over the weekend, but he says he will maintain a presence in Kentucky, and he won’t change his voter registration.

“I’m not intending to make Massachussets my permanent home. But I will be living up there full time. It’s a full time job that I have and Nancy and the girls are going to be moving up at the end of the school year.”

Grayson resigned as secretary of state, but he had reached his term limit in the office and could not have sought re-election this year. He lost last year’s Republican primary for the U.S. Senate to general election winner Rand Paul. Grayson has a five-year agreement with Harvard, and he says he is interested in returning to electoral politics in the future.

“I didn’t have a desire to run for anything right now, so yeah, I guess I am happy to be leaving electoral politics. Sometime in the future, if the right opportunity presented itself, I would be interested,” he says, adding that he hopes the political atmosphere is less divisive when if he seeks office again.

“Having a better political environment is something that would encourage more young people want to pursue politics—either as a profession or just get involved and maybe help out on campaigns. It is something we want to work on. It’s something I hope will get a little better as we go forward in the future,” he says.

Grayson says he hopes his work at Harvard will help lead to a better political environment.

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