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Kentucky State Senate
Kentucky General Assembly
Coat of arms or logo
Type
Type
Term limits
None
History
New session started
January 4, 2013
Leadership
Robert Stivers (R)
since January 4, 2013
President pro Tempore
Katie Kratz Stine (R)
since January 4, 2005
Majority Leader
Damon Thayer (R)
since January 4, 2013
Minority Leader
R.J. Palmer (D)
since January 4, 2011
Structure
Seats 38
Political groups

Governing party

Opposition party

Length of term
4 years
Authority The Legislative Department, Section 29, Kentucky Constitution
Salary $186.73/day + per diem
Elections
Last election
November 4, 2014
(19 seats)
Next election
November 1, 2016
(19 seats)
Redistricting Legislative Control
Meeting place
Kentucky Senate chamber.jpg
State Senate Chamber
Kentucky State Capitol
Frankfort, Kentucky
Website
Kentucky Legislative Research Commission

The Kentucky Senate is the upper house of the Kentucky General Assembly. The Kentucky Senate is composed of 38 members elected from single-member districts throughout the Commonwealth. There are no term limits for Kentucky Senators. The Kentucky Senate meets at the Kentucky State Capitol in Frankfort.

Terms and qualifications[edit]

According to Section 32 of the Kentucky Constitution, a state senator must:

  • be at least 30 years old;
  • be a citizen of Kentucky;
  • have resided in the state at least six years and the district at least one year prior to election.

Per section 30 of the Kentucky Constitution, senators are elected to four year staggered terms, with half the Senate elected every two years.

Leadership[edit]

Prior to a 1992 constitutional amendment, the Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky presided over the Senate; the 1992 amendment created a new office of President of the Senate to be held by one of the 38 senators.

Leaders[edit]

President (elected by full body): Robert Stivers[1]

  • The previous president, David L. Williams (R-16), resigned his Senate seat on November 2, 2012 to accept a circuit court judgeship. On November 27, the Republican caucus elected Robert Stivers (R-25) to succeed Williams. As the GOP will have a 24–14 majority in the 2013 legislative session (including one independent who caucuses with the GOP), Stivers' election by the full Senate is all but assured.[2]

President pro tempore (elected by full body): Katie Kratz Stine (R-24)

  • Kratz Stine ran unopposed for her current office in the November 2012 GOP leadership elections, and is expected to remain president pro tempore in the 2013 session.[2]

Additionally, each political party elects a floor leader, whip, and caucus chairman.

Current party leadership of the Kentucky Senate:

  • Republican Party
    • Leader: Robert Stivers (R-25)
      • Damon Thayer (R-17) was elected by the GOP caucus to become the new Majority Leader following Stivers' elevation to Senate President.[2]
    • Whip: Carroll Gibson (R-5)
    • Caucus chair: Dan Seum (R-38)
  • Democratic Party
    • Leader: Ed Worley (D-34)
    • Whip: Jerry Rhoads (D-6)
    • Caucus chair: Johnny Ray Turner (D-29)

Members[edit]

Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Total
Republican Ind Democratic Vacant
End of 2013 Legislative Session 23 1 14 38 0
2013 Legislative Session Begins 23 1 14 38 0
End of legislature
Begin 26 0 12 38 0
Latest voting share 68.4% 31.6%

List of current Senators[edit]

As of 23 July 2014:[3]

Senator Party Hometown District Counties in Senate District Since Committee Chair
  Humphries, Stan R Cadiz 1 Calloway, Carlisle, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, Lyon, Trigg 2013
  Leeper, Bob I Paducah 2 Ballard, McCracken, Marshall 1991 Appropriations
  Westerfield, Whitney R Hopkinsville 3 Christian, Logan, Todd 2013 Judiciary
  Ridley, Dorsey D Princeton 4 Caldwell, Crittenden, Henderson, Livingston, Union, Webster 2004
  Gibson, Carroll R Leitchfield 5 Breckinridge, Grayson, Hancock, Hart, LaRue, Meade 2005
  Rhoads, Jerry P. D Madisonville 6 Hopkins, Muhlenberg, Ohio 2003
  Carroll, Julian M. D Frankfort 7 Anderson, Fayette, Franklin, Woodford 2005
  Bowen, Joe R Sorgho 8 Daviess, McLean 2011 State & Local Government
  Givens, David P. R Greensburg 9 Allen, Barren, Edmonson, Green, Metcalfe, Simpson 2009
  Parrett, Dennis D Elizabethtown 10 Hardin, Jefferson 2011
  Schickel, John R Union 11 Boone, Gallatin, Kenton 2009 Licensing, Occupations, and Administrative Regulations
  Kerr, Alice Forgy R Lexington 12 Fayette 1999 Economic Development, Tourism & Labor
  Thomas, Reginald D Lexington 13 Fayette 2013
  Higdon, Jimmy R Lebanon 14 Marion, Mercer, Nelson, Taylor, Washington 2009 Veterans, Military Affairs & Public Protection
  Girdler, Chris R Somerset 15 Adair, Casey, Pulaski, Russell 2013 Capital Projects
  Gregory, Sara Beth R Monticello 16 Clinton, Cumberland, McCreary, Monroe, Wayne, Whitley 2013 Enrollment
  Thayer, Damon R Georgetown 17 Grant, Kenton, Owen, Scott 2003
  Webb, Robin L. D Grayson 18 Bracken, Carter, Greenup, Lewis, Mason, Robertson August 2009
  McGarvey, Morgan D Louisville 19 Jefferson 2013
  Hornback, Paul R Shelbyville 20 Bullitt, Shelby, Spencer 2011 Agriculture
  Robinson, Albert R London 21 Estil, Jackson, Laurel, Menifee, Powell 2005 (1989–96)
  Buford, Tom R Nicholasville 22 Boyle, Fayette, Garrard, Jessamine 1991 Banking & Insurance
  McDaniel, Christian R Taylor Mill 23 Kenton 1997
  Stine, Katie R Southgate 24 Campbell, Pendleton 1999 (1995–98)
  Stivers II, Robert R Manchester 25 Clay, Knox, Lee, Magoffin, Morgan, Owsley, Wolfe 1997
  Harris, Ernie R Crestwood 26 Carroll, Henry, Jefferson, Oldham, Trimble 1995 Transportation
  Blevins Jr., Walter D West Liberty 27 Boyd, Elliot, Fleming, Lawrence, Rowan 1992 (1982–92)
  Palmer II, R.J. D Winchester 28 Bath, Bourbon, Clark, Harrison, Montgomery, Nicholas 2001 (1991-01)
  Turner, Johnny Ray D Drift 29 Breathitt, Floyd, Knott, Letcher 2001
  Smith, Brandon R Hazard 30 Bell, Harlan, Leslie, Perry 2008 (2001–08)
  Jones II, Ray S. D Pikeville 31 Johnson, Martin, Pike 2001
  Wilson, Mike R Bowling Green 32 Butler, Warren February 2011 Education
  Neal, Gerald A. D Louisville 33 Jefferson 1989
  Carpenter, Jared R Berea 34 Lincoln, Madison, Rockcastle 2011 Natural Resources and Energy
  Harper Angel, Denise D Louisville 35 Jefferson 2005
  Denton, Julie R Louisville 36 Jefferson 1995 Health & Welfare
  Clark, Perry B. D Louisville 37 Jefferson 2006 (1995-06)
  Seum, Dan "Malano" R Louisville 38 Jefferson 1995 (1982–88, 1989–92)

History[edit]

Carolyn Conn Moore became the first woman to serve in the Kentucky Senate when in November 1949 she won a special election to replace her husband, J. Lee Moore, in the legislature after his death.[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Senate Leadership 2013". 
  2. ^ a b c Brammer, Jack (November 27, 2012). "Republicans select Robert Stivers as next president of Kentucky Senate". Lexington Herald-Leader. Retrieved November 30, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Senate: Members By District". Kentucky Legislature. Retrieved July 23, 2014. 
  4. ^ Oswald, Sharon (5 January 1977). "From senate to housemother, Mrs. Moore is mother of 110". The Tuscaloosa News (Tuscaloosa: The Tuscaloosa News). p. 8. Retrieved 15 March 2010. 

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