Kentucky Senate

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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
Republican Party (23)
Democratic Party (14)
Independent (1)
Length of term
4 years
Authority The Legislative Department, Section 29, Kentucky Constitution
Salary $186.73/day + per diem
Elections
Last election
November 6, 2012
(19 seats)
Next election
November 4, 2014
(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
Latest voting share 63.2% 36.8%

List of current Senators[edit]

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

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