Bill Weinberg

Bill Weinberg is Chairman of Community Exchange Bancshares, Inc, a bank holding company and is President of Clean Gas, Inc., an Eastern Kentucky natural gas exploration and management company. He is a board member of the Central Appalachian Institute for Research and Development, the East Kentucky Leadership Foundation, the Hazard Community and Technical College, the Appalachian Artisan Center and the Bank of Hindman.

He served as Vice-Chairman of the Kentucky Appalachian Commission from 1996, when Governor Paul Patton restructured the Commission after being elected Eastern Kentucky’s first Governor since Bert Combs, until 2001.  Weinberg, a Hindman attorney and businessman, has been a member of the Kentucky Bar Association’s House of Delegates, past President of the East Kentucky Corporation and a former State Representative.  He is outgoing Chairman and a founding member of the East Kentucky Leadership Foundation, and was a member of the Kentucky State Board of Education representing Region 8 for four years.

He received along with Laurel Shackleford the 1977 Weatherford Award for the outstanding publication of the year in the Appalachian region for co-editing Our Appalachia:  An Oral History; and was presented the award for the Public Citizen of the Year at the 1999 East Kentucky Leadership Conference.  He is a published short story writer. He has been elected as a delegate representing Kentucky to the 1976, 1988, 1996, and 2004 Democratic National Conventions. He holds a B.A. from Randolph-Macon College, a JD from Tulane Law School and attended Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies for two years. In 1996 he was a Visiting Fellow in Creative Writing at Harvard University. His wife, Lois Combs Weinberg, was the Democratic nominee for the United States Senate in 2002.  He and his wife Lois have 3 sons; Jed, Zach and Tomas.