LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Louisville, won his seventh term in Congress on Tuesday, easily defeating former Kentucky health secretary Vickie Yates Glisson by a 62-37 margin.

The only Democrat holding federal office in Kentucky, Yarmuth has represented Louisville in Congress since 2006, when he narrowly unseated Republican Anne Northup, and he holds a plum spot as the top Democrat on the House budget committee.

Glisson, a Louisville attorney and former University of Louisville Foundation executive, represented Yarmuth’s first serious challenge in eight years.

She raised $723,053 for the race, to Yarmuth’s $833,089, according to the Federal Election Commission.

Glisson was Republican Gov. Matt Bevin’s first health secretary and played a key role shaping Bevin’s attempt to remake the state’s 2014 Medicaid expansion by introducing requirements that recipients work, volunteer or go to school while also paying premiums, in some cases, to keep the government health coverage.

Yarmuth supported the Medicaid expansion as enacted by former Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear and is an advocate for a single-payer health care system run by the federal government, which he and other Democrats call “Medicare for All.”

Yarmuth tried to tie Glisson to President Trump in a district that went for Democrat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election by 15 points. Democrats hold a nearly 2-to-1 advantage in party registration over Republicans in the district.

“We have an administration in Washington that on a daily basis undermines the very foundations of our democracy,” Yarmuth said during a forum on Oct. 17.

Glisson, for her part, promised to be "an independent voice."

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