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Steve met his wife, Stephanie, when they were seniors in high school. After dating through college, they married in 1994. Although doctors said they would never have biological children, they were thrilled to find out that Stephanie was pregnant in 2002. But that joy was short-lived when Stephanie developed life-threatening complications at six months, and doctors advised the Knippers to terminate the pregnancy. However, convinced it was the right thing to do, they continued the pregnancy.
Zachary was born ten weeks early, two pounds and fourteen ounces, but amazingly, he was completely healthy! Though Stephanie was on life support and spent several long weeks in the hospital, God was faithful, and she recovered!
As part of the ticket in 2015 that changed the landscape of KY politics, Steve ran for Kentucky Secretary of State. Battling a well-funded nationally-known opponent was difficult, but Steve ran because he knew it was the right thing to do. In 2015, Steve correctly highlighted the security vulnerabilities in our voting system, and unfortunately was proven right in November 2018 when Kentucky's voter data was hacked and 'for sale' on the dark web.
After their son's difficult birth, the Knippers turned to adoption when they wanted to grow their family. They adopted their daughter, Grace, in 2005. Her special need was listed as a small heart condition that had already been corrected.
Her needs turned out to be much greater. At two-years-old, Grace couldn't walk or talk. She had autism, developmental delays, seizures, and tuberculosis. The Knippers were faced with a decision. They could either leave Grace in China where she would likely die, or they could bring her home.
Because it was the right thing to do, they brought her home, and their lives have never been the same. They went on to adopt four more special needs children. Parenting a large family with multiple medical challenges is difficult, but their faith in Christ has seen them through the many challenges. They welcomed their first grandchild this year in 2018 and look forward to continuing to serve the people of Kentucky.
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