Kentucky House of Representatives

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Kentucky House of Representatives
Kentucky General Assembly
Coat of arms or logo
Term limits
New session started
January 5, 2017
Jeffrey Hoover (R)
Since January 5, 2017
Speaker pro Tempore
David Osborne (R)
Since January 5, 2017
Majority Leader
Jonathan Shell (R)
Since January 5, 2017
Minority Leader
Rocky Adkins (D)
Since January 5, 2017
Seats 100
Kentucky House seats (2016-18).svg
Political groups



Length of term
2 years
Authority The Legislative Department, Section 29, Kentucky Constitution
Salary $186.73/day + per diem
Last election
November 8, 2016
Next election
November 6, 2018
(100 seats)
Redistricting Legislative Control
Meeting place
Kentucky House of Representatives chamber.jpg
House of Representatives Chamber
Kentucky State Capitol
Frankfort, Kentucky
Kentucky Legislative Research Commission

The Kentucky House of Representatives is the lower house of the Kentucky General Assembly. It is composed of 100 Representatives elected from single-member districts throughout the Commonwealth. Not more than two counties can be joined to form a House district, except when necessary to preserve the principle of equal representation. Representatives are elected to two-year terms with no term limits. The Kentucky House of Representatives convenes at the State Capitol in Frankfort.


The first meeting of the Kentucky House of Representatives was in Lexington, Kentucky, in 1792, shortly after statehood. During the first legislative session, legislators chose Frankfort, Kentucky to be the permanent state capital.

After women gained suffrage in Kentucky, Mary Elliott Flanery was elected as the first female member of the Kentucky House of Representative. She took her seat January 1922 and was the first female legislator elected south of the Mason–Dixon line.[1]

In 2017, the Republican party became the majority party in the House. [2] [3]

Powers and legislative process[edit]

Section 47 of the Kentucky Constitution stipulates that all bills for raising revenue must originate in the House of Representatives.


Current composition[edit]

Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Republican Democratic Vacant
End of previous legislature 47 53 100 0
Begin 2017 Session 64 36 100 0
Latest voting share 64% 36%

Terms and qualifications[edit]

According to Section 32 of the Kentucky Constitution, a state representative must: be a citizen of Kentucky, be at least 24 years old at the time of election, have resided in the state at least 2 years and the district at least 1 year prior to election. Per section 30 of the Kentucky Constitution, representatives are elected every two years in the November following a regular session of the General Assembly.


The Speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives is the chief presiding officer of the Kentucky House. The Speaker's official duties include maintaining order in the House, recognizing members during debate, appointing committee chairs and determining the composition of committees, and determining which committee has jurisdiction over which bill. Traditionally, the Speaker has also served as Chair of the Rules Committee and the Committee on Committees.

When the Speaker is absent from the floor or otherwise unavailable, the Speaker pro tempore fills in as the chief presiding officer of the House.

In addition to the Speaker and Speaker pro tem, each party caucus elects a floor leader, a whip, and caucus chair.


Position Name Party Residence District
Speaker of the House Jeffrey Hoover Republican Jamestown 83
Speaker pro tempore David Osborne Republican Prospect 59
Majority Floor Leader Jonathan Shell Republican Lancaster 71
Majority Whip Kevin Bratcher Republican Louisville 29
Majority Caucus Chair David Meade Republican Stanford 80
Minority Floor Leader Rocky Adkins Democratic Sandy Hook 99
Minority Whip Wilson Stone Democratic Scottsville 22
Minority Caucus Chair Dennis Keene Democratic Wilder 67

Current membership[edit]

District Representative Party Hometown County(ies) Elected Committee Chair Vice Chair
1 Steven Rudy Rep West Paducah Ballard, Carlisle, Hickman, Fulton, McCracken 2005 State Government
2 Richard Heath Rep Mayfield Graves, McCracken 2012
3 Gerald Watkins Dem Paducah McCracken 2013
4 Lynn Bechler Rep Marionoia Caldwell, Crittenden, Livingston, McCracken 2013
5 Kenny Imes Rep Murray Calloway, Trigg 2013
6 Will Coursey Dem Benton Lyon, Marshall, McCracken 2008
7 Suzanne Miles Rep Owensboro Daviess, Henderson, Union 2013
8 Walker Thomas Rep Hopkinsville Christian, Trigg 2017
9 Myron Dossett Rep Pembroke Christian 2007 Economic Development; Seniors, Military Affairs & Public Safety
10 Ben Waide Rep Madisonville Hopkins 2011
11 Robbie Mills Rep Henderson Henderson 2017 Health & Welfare
12 Jim Gooch Rep Providence Daviess, Hopkins, McLean, Webster 1995 Natural Resources & Environment
13 DJ Johnson Dem Owensboro Daviess 2017 State Government
14 Matt Castlen Rep Maceo Daviess, Ohio 2017
15 Melinda Gibbons Prunty Rep Belton Christian, Hopkins, Muhlenberg 2017 Health and Family Services
16 Jason Petrie Rep Elkton Logan, Todd 2017
17 Jim DeCesare Rep Morgantown Butler, Grayson, Hardin 2005
18 Dean Schamore Dem Hardinsburg Breckinridge, Hancock, Hardin 2014
19 Michael Meredith Rep Brownsville Edmonson, Hart, LaRue 2011
20 Jody Richards Dem Bowling Green Warren 1976
21 Bart Rowland Rep Tompkinsville Hardin (Part), Hart, Metcalfe,


22 Wilson Stone Dem Scottsville Allen, Simpson, Warren 2009 Education
23 Steve Riley Rep Glasgow Barren, Warren 2017
24 Brandon Reed Rep Hodgenville Larue, Marion, Pulaski 2016
25 Jim DuPlessis Rep Elizabethtown Hardin 2014 Banking and Insurance, Veterans Affairs, Natural Resources and Environment
26 Tim Moore Rep Elizabethtown Hardin 2007 Veterans Affairs
27 Jeff Greer Dem Brandenburg Bullitt, Meade, Hardin 2007 Banking & Insurance Seniors, Military Affairs & Public Safety
28 Charles Miller Dem Louisville Jefferson 1998 Labor & Industry; Licensing & Occupations
29 Kevin Bratcher Rep Louisville Jefferson 1997
30 Tom Burch Dem Louisville Jefferson 1978 (1972–75) Health & Welfare
31 Steve Riggs Dem Louisville Jefferson 1991 Local Government Banking & Insurance
32 Julie Raque Adams Rep Louisville Jefferson 2011
33 Jason Nemes Rep Louisville Jefferson 2017
34 Mary Lou Marzian Dem Louisville Jefferson 1994
35 Jim Wayne Dem Louisville Jefferson 1991 Local Government
36 Jerry T Miller Rep Louisville Garrard, Madison 2015
37 Jeffery Donohue Dem Fairdale Jefferson 2013
38 McKenzie Cantrell Dem Louisville Jefferson 2017
39 Russell Meyer Dem Nicholasville Jessamine, Fayette 2014
40 Dennis Horlander Dem Shively Jefferson 1996
41 Attica Scott Dem Louisville Jefferson 2017
42 Reginald Meeks Dem Louisville Jefferson 2001 Licensing & Occupations
43 Darryl T. Owens Dem Louisville Jefferson 2005 Judiciary
44 Joni Jenkins Dem Shively Jefferson 1995 Labor & Industry
45 Stan Lee Rep Lexington Fayette 2001
46 Larry Clark Dem Louisville Jefferson 1984
47 Rick Rand Dem Bedford Carroll, Henry, Oldham, Trimble 2003 Appropriations & Revenue
48 Bob M. DeWeese Rep Louisville Jefferson 1993 Appropriations & Revenue
49 Russell Webber Rep Shepherdsville Bullitt 2013 Education
50 D. Chad McCoy Rep Bardstown Nelson 2016
51 John "Bam" Carney Rep Campbellsville Adair, Taylor 2009 Economic Development, Education
52 Ken Upchurch Rep Monticello McCreary, Pulaski, Wayne 2013
53 Bart Rowland Rep Tompkinsville Cumberland, Green, Metcalfe, Monroe 2012
54 Daniel Elliott† Rep Gravel Switch Boyle, Casey 2016
55 Kim King Rep Harrodsburg Anderson, Mercer, Spencer 2011
56 James Kay† Dem Versailles Fayette, Franklin, Woodford 2013 Education Seniors, Military Affairs & Public Safety; State Government
57 Derrick Graham Dem Frankfort Franklin 2003 State Government
58 Brad Montell Rep Shelbyville Shelby, Spencer 2003
59 David Osborne Rep Prospect Jefferson, Oldham 2005 Licensing & Occupations
60 Sal Santoro Rep Florence Boone 2007
61 Brian Linder Rep Dry Ridge Gallatin, Grant, Owen 2012 Agriculture & Small Business
62 Philip Pratt Rep Georgetown Fayette, Owen, Scott 2017
63 Diane St. Onge Rep Lakeside Park Kenton 2013
64 Thomas Kerr Rep Taylor Mill Kenton 1985
65 Arnold Simpson Dem Covington Kenton 1994 Appropriations & Revenue
66 Addia Wuchner Rep Burlington Boone 2005
67 Dennis Keene Dem Wilder Campbell 2005 Licensing & Occupations Economic Development
68 Joseph M. Fischer Rep Ft. Thomas Campbell 1999 Judiciary; Elections, Constitutional Amendments and Intergovernmental Affairs
69 Adam Koenig Rep Erlanger Boone, Campbell, Kenton 2007 Local Government
70 Mike Denham Dem Maysville Bracken, Fleming, Mason 2001 Agriculture & Small Business; Banking & Insurance; Local Government
71 Jonathan Shell Rep West Liberty Menifee, Morgan, Rowan, Wolfe 2013
72 Sannie Overly Dem Paris Bath, Bourbon, Fayette, Nicholas 2008
73 Donna Mayfield Rep Winchester Clark, Madison 2011
74 Richard Henderson Dem Jeffersonville Montgomery, Powell, Wolfe 2007 Agriculture & Small Business
75 Kelly Flood Dem Lexington Fayette 2009
76 Ruth Ann Palumbo Dem Lexington Fayette 1991 Economic Development
77 George Brown Jr Dem Lexington Fayette 2015
78 Tom McKee Dem Cynthiana Campbell, Harrison, Pendleton, Robertson 1997 Agriculture & Small Business
79 Susan Westrom Dem Lexington Fayette 1999 Enrollment Licensing & Occupations
80 David Meade Rep Stanford Lincoln, Pulaski, Rockcastle 2013
81 C. Wesley Morgan Rep Richmond Madison 2017
82 Regina Bunch Rep Williamsburg Laurel, Whitley 2011
83 Jeff Hoover Rep Jamestown Clinton, Pulaski, Russell 1997
84 Chris Fugate Rep Chavies Harlan, Perry 2017
85 Tommy Turner Rep Somerset Laurel, Pulaski 1997 Transportation
86 Jim Stewart Rep Flat Lick Knox, Laurel 1997 Labor & Industry; Natural Resources & Environment
87 Rick G. Nelson Dem Middlesboro Bell, Harlan 2001 Labor & Industry
88 Robert Benvenuti III Rep Lexington Fayette 2013
89 Marie Rader Rep McKee Jackson, Laurel, Owsley 1997 Transportation
90 Tim Couch Rep Hyden Clay, Harlan, Leslie 2003 Natural Resources & Environment
91 Toby Herald Rep Beattyville Breathitt, Estill, Lee 2013
92 John Short Dem Hindman Knott, Letcher, Magoffin 2011
93 Chris Harris Dem Belfry Pike, Martin 2015 Capital Projects and Bond Oversight, Workers' Compensation Task Force
94 Angie Hatton Dem Whitesburg Letcher, Pike 2017
95 Larry Brown Rep Prestonsburg Floyd 2017
96 Jill York Rep Grayson Carter, Lewis 2009
97 Hubert Collins Dem Wittensville Floyd, Johnson, Martin, Pike 1991 Transportation
98 Danny Bentley Rep Russell Boyd, Greenup 2017
99 Rocky Adkins Dem Sandy Hook Boyd, Elliott, Lawrence, Rowan 1987
100 Kevin Sinnette Dem Ashland Boyd 2009 Banking & Insurance

† Winner of a special election

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Powers, James C. (1992). John E. Kleber, ed. The Kentucky Encyclopedia. Lexington, Kentucky: The University Press of Kentucky. pp. 323–324. ISBN 0-8131-1772-0. Retrieved 11 March 2010. 
  2. ^ Gerth, Joseph (8 November 2015). "Ky. Dems guard against efforts to flip House". Courier-Journal. Retrieved 6 January 2016. 
  3. ^ Warren, Michael (30 November 2016). "Democrats Lose a Southern Holdout". The Weekly Standard. Retrieved 14 December 2016. 

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