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Standing ovation for Kentucky senator at Republican National Convention

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State Senator Ralph Alvarado from Winchester, Kentucky received a standing ovation at the Republican National Convention Wednesday night. State Senator Ralph Alvarado from Winchester, Kentucky received a standing ovation at the Republican National Convention Wednesday night.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Kentucky lawmaker received a standing ovation at the Republican National Convention. 

State Senator Ralph Alvarado from Winchester, Kentucky was one of the prime time speakers in Cleveland. He made the most of 6-minute speech, focusing on the opportunities Hispanics have in the United States.

Alvarado shared the story of his immigrant family pursuing the American Dream, and listed what he called the shared values of Republicans and Hispanics. 

"At their core -- and this is important for us to understand -- Hispanics believe what Republicans believe: Traditional family values. Church. Faith in God. The dignity of work. And the opportunity for self-sufficiency that comes from a free society and a limited government."

Although Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has come under fire for his policies, Alvarado said he is more disturbed by the prospect of Hillary Clinton becoming president.

[IMAGES: WDRB AT THE RNC]

Gov. Matt Bevin and Alvarado's family were escorted to the front row where they watched Alvarado the state's first Hispanic lawmaker represent Kentucky on the national stage. 

"Outstanding, I'm so proud of him as a Kentuckian, as a friend," Bevin said. "As somebody who has respect for the values that he holds, I thought he knocked it out of the park. I think that's one of the most compelling speeches that we've heard during this entire convention."

Trump was not Alvarado's first choice for president. He originally endorsed Kentucky U.S. Senator Rand Paul, but he has now become the face for Latino support for Donald Trump, and he is certainly a rising star in Kentucky politics. 

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