Elected as the County Clerk of Rowan County, Kentucky in 2015, she made national headlines after refuting a a federal court order stating she must issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
She was the chief deputy clerk of Rowan County from 1991 to 2015. She was a member of the Democratic party from 1983 to 2015, switching allegiances in 2015.
After the Supreme Court ruled she music issue marriage licenses to all couples, she began refusing to issue any licenses at all. She was jailed for contempt of court for just five days.
She served under her mother Jean W. Bailey while serving as chief deputy clerk. She was married to Dwain Allen Wallace from 1984 to 1994, Joe Davis from 1996 to 2004, and Thomas Dale McIntyre Jr. from 2007 to 2008. She remarried Joe Davis in 2009.
She met with Pope Francis in September of 2015 during his US visit.