Robert Stivers

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Robert Stivers
President of the Kentucky Senate
In office
2013 – Present
Preceded by David Williams
Member of the Kentucky Senate
from the 25th district
In office
1997 – Present
Preceded by Davis LeMaster
Personal details
Born (1961-12-24) December 24, 1961 (age 53)
London, Kentucky, USA
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Regina Stivers
Profession Attorney
Religion Presbyterian

Bertram Robert Stivers, II (born December 24, 1961), is a Republican member of the Kentucky Senate representing the 25th Senate District since 1997. He served as the Republican Majority Leader of the Kentucky State Senate through 2012, and became the President of the Kentucky Senate on the opening day of the 2013 legislative session on January 8.[1][2]

Personal life[edit]

Stivers graduated from Sue Bennett College (now absorbed by Union College) with a B.S. in Industrial Management. He graduated with a Juris Doctor from the University of Kentucky College of Law. At Kentucky, Stivers became a member of Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity.[3]

He worked as Assistant Commonwealth Attorney from 1989 to 1993. Stivers ran and lost a bid for Commonwealth Attorney in 1993.

Stivers lives and works in Manchester, Kentucky.[4]

State Senator[edit]

In 1996, Stivers ran for State Senate. He beat Democratic nominee Charles Derrickson with 52% of the vote.

Stivers was sworn in 1997 to represent the 25th District. The 25th District includes Clay, Knox, Lee, Magoffin, Morgan, Owsley, and Wolfe Counties.

Stivers won contested re-elections in 2000, 2004 and 2008.

Committee assignments[edit]

Session Committees

  • BR Sub. on Justice & Judiciary - Liaison Member
  • Committee on Committees - Vice Chair
  • Judiciary
  • Natural Resources and Energy
  • Rules - Vice Chair
  • State & Local Government

Interim Committees

  • BR Sub. on Justice & Judiciary - Liaison Member
  • Energy Special Subcommittee
  • Judiciary
  • Local Government
  • Natural Resources & Environment
  • State Government

Statutory Committees

  • Legislative Research Commission[5]

Senate Majority Floor Leader[edit]

In 2008, Stivers was elected Republican Majority Leader of the Kentucky State Senate. He succeeded State Senator Dan Kelly (R) when Kelly was appointed to Kentucky Judiciary by Governor Steve Beshear (D).

Senate President[edit]

After then-Senate President David Williams resigned in November 2012 to accept an appointment as a circuit judge, Stivers was elected by the Republican caucus as Williams' successor.[1] He was elected by the full Senate on the opening day of the 2013 legislative session.[2]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b Brammer, Jack (November 27, 2012). "Republicans select Robert Stivers as next president of Kentucky Senate". Lexington Herald-Leader. Retrieved November 30, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Smith, Lawrence (January 8, 2013). "KY General Assembly opens 2013 session". Louisville, KY: WDRB. Retrieved February 11, 2013. 
  3. ^ Vote-KY : Biographical Profile, Robert Stivers, Jan 4, 2014, retrieved 2014-01-03 – via 
  4. ^ Robert Stivers: 'I'm a person who builds consensus and coalitions' Retrieved 2014-10-10.
  5. ^
Political offices
Preceded by
David Williams
President of the Kentucky Senate
Succeeded by
Kentucky Senate
Preceded by
Dan Kelly
Kentucky Senate Majority Floor Leader
Succeeded by
Damon Thayer
Kentucky Senate
Preceded by
Davis LeMaster
Kentucky State Senator from District 25
1997- Present
Succeeded by
Kentucky Senate