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 7, 2020
David Osborne (R)
since November 5, 2017
Speaker pro Tempore
David Meade (R)
since January 8, 2019
Majority Leader
John "Bam" Carney (R)
since January 5, 2019
Minority Leader
Joni Jenkins (D)
since December 20, 2019
Kentucky State House 2019-2021.svg
Political groups


Length of term
2 years
AuthorityThe Legislative Department, Section 29, Kentucky Constitution
Salary$186.73/day + per diem
Last election
November 6, 2018
Next election
November 3, 2020
(100 seats)
RedistrictingLegislative 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.[1] 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.[2]

In 2017, the Republican party became the majority party in the House.[3][4]

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 61 39 100 0
Begin 2017 64 36 100 0
End 2018 63 37 100 0
Begin 2019 61 39 100 0
Latest voting share 61% 39%

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 David Osborne Republican Prospect 59
Speaker Pro Tempore David Meade Republican Stanford 80
Majority Floor Leader John "Bam" Carney Republican Campbellsville 51
Majority Whip Chad McCoy Republican Bardstown 50
Majority Caucus Chair Suzanne Miles Republican Owensboro 7
Minority Floor Leader Joni Jenkins Democratic Shively 44
Minority Whip Vacant Democratic
Minority Caucus Chair Derrick Graham Democratic Frankfort 57

Current membership[edit]

District Representative Party Hometown County(ies) Since Committee Chairship Vice Chairship
1 Steven Rudy Rep West Paducah Ballard, Carlisle, Hickman, Fulton, McCracken 2005 Appropriations & Revenue[6]
2 Richard Heath Rep Mayfield Graves, McCracken 2012 Agriculture
3 Randy Bridges Rep Paducah McCracken 2019
4 Lynn Bechler Rep Marion Caldwell, Crittenden, Livingston, McCracken 2013
5 Larry Elkins Rep Murray Calloway, Trigg 2019
6 Chris Freeland Rep Benton Lyon, Marshall, McCracken 2019
7 Suzanne Miles Rep Owensboro Daviess, Henderson, Union 2014
8 Walker Thomas Rep Hopkinsville Christian, Trigg 2017 Transportation
9 Myron Dossett Rep Pembroke Christian 2007
10 Dean Schamore Dem Hardinsburg Breckinridge 2015
11 Rob Wiederstein Dem Henderson Henderson 2019
12 Jim Gooch Rep Providence Daviess, Hopkins, McLean, Webster 1995 Natural Resources & Energy
13 Jim Glenn Dem Owensboro Daviess 2019
14 Scott Lewis Rep Maceo Daviess, Ohio 2019 Elections, Const. Amendments & Intergovernmental Affairs
15 Melinda Gibbons Prunty Rep Belton Christian, Hopkins, Muhlenberg 2017 Health and Family Services
16 Jason Petrie Rep Elkton Logan, Todd 2017 Judiciary
17 Steve Sheldon Rep Bowling Green Warren, Butler 2019 State Government
18 Tim Moore Rep Hardinsburg Breckinridge, Hancock, Hardin 2007 Veterans, Military Affairs, and Public Protection
19 Michael Meredith Rep Brownsville Edmonson, Hart, LaRue 2011 Local Government
20 Patti Minter Dem Bowling Green Warren 2019
21 Bart Rowland Rep Tompkinsville Hardin (Part), Hart, Metcalfe,


2012 Banking & Insurance
22 Wilson Stone Dem Scottsville Allen, Simpson, Warren 2009
23 Steve Riley Rep Glasgow Barren, Warren 2017 Education
24 Brandon Reed Rep Hodgenville Larue, Marion, Pulaski 2017
25 Jim DuPlessis Rep Elizabethtown Hardin 2015
26 Russell Webber Rep Elizabethtown Hardin 2013 Economic Development & Workforce Investment
27 Nancy Tate Rep Brandenburg Bullitt, Meade, Hardin 2019
28 Charles Miller Dem Louisville Jefferson 1998
29 Kevin Bratcher Rep Louisville Jefferson 1997 Elections, Const. Amendments & Intergovernmental Affairs State Government
30 Tom Burch Dem Louisville Jefferson 1978 (1972–75)
31 Josie Raymond Dem Louisville Jefferson 2019
32 Tina Bojanowski Dem Louisville Jefferson 2019
33 Jason Nemes Rep Louisville Jefferson 2017
34 Mary Lou Marzian Dem Louisville Jefferson 1994
35 Lisa Willner Dem Louisville Jefferson 2019
36 Jerry T. Miller Rep Louisville Garrard, Madison 2015 State Government
37 Jeffery Donohue Dem Fairdale Jefferson 2013
38 McKenzie Cantrell Dem Louisville Jefferson 2017
39 Russell A. Meyer Dem Nicholasville Jessamine, Fayette 2015
40 Nima Kulkarni Dem Shively Jefferson 2019
41 Attica Scott Dem Louisville Jefferson 2017
42 Reginald Meeks Dem Louisville Jefferson 2001
43 Charles Booker Dem Louisville Jefferson 2019
44 Joni Jenkins Dem Shively Jefferson 1995
45 Stan Lee Rep Lexington Fayette 2001
46 Al Gentry Dem Louisville Jefferson 2017
47 Rick Rand Dem Bedford Carroll, Henry, Oldham, Trimble 2003 (1991-94)
48 Maria Sorolis Dem Louisville Jefferson, Oldham 2019
49 Thomas Huff Rep Shepherdsville Bullitt 2019
50 Chad McCoy Rep Bardstown Nelson 2017
51 John "Bam" Carney Rep Campbellsville Adair, Taylor 2009 Rules; Enrollment
52 Ken Upchurch Rep Monticello McCreary, Pulaski, Wayne 2013 Transportation
53 James Tipton Rep Tompkinsville Anderson, Bullitt, Spencer 2015
54 Daniel Elliott Rep Gravel Switch Boyle, Casey 2016 Economic Development & Workforce Investment
55 Kim King Rep Harrodsburg Anderson, Mercer, Spencer 2011
56 Joe Graviss Dem Versailles Fayette, Franklin, Woodford 2019
57 Derrick Graham Dem Frankfort Franklin 2003
58 Rob Rothenburger Rep Shelbyville Shelby 2017 Local Government
59 David Osborne Rep Prospect Jefferson, Oldham 2005 Rules; Committee on Committees
60 Sal Santoro Rep Florence Boone 2007
61 Savannah Maddox Rep Dry Ridge Gallatin, Grant, Owen 2019
62 Philip Pratt Rep Georgetown Fayette, Owen, Scott 2017 Appropriations & Revenue
63 Diane St. Onge Rep Lakeside Park Kenton 2013 Small Business & Information Technology
64 Kimberly Poore Moser Rep Taylor Mill Campbell, Kenton 2017 Health and Family Services
65 Buddy Wheatley Dem Covington Kenton 2019
66 C. Ed Massey Rep Burlington Boone 2019 Judiciary
67 Vacant Campbell
68 Joseph Fischer Rep Ft. Thomas Campbell 1999 Banking & Insurance
69 Adam Koenig Rep Erlanger Boone, Campbell, Kenton 2007 Licensing, Occupations, and Admin Regs
70 John Sims Jr. Dem Maysville Bracken, Fleming, Mason, Robertson 2017
71 R. Travis Brenda Rep West Liberty Menifee, Morgan, Rowan, Wolfe 2019
72 Matthew Koch Rep Paris Bath, Bourbon, Fayette, Nicholas 2019 Licensing, Occupations, & Admin Regs
73 Les Yates Rep Winchester Clark, Madison 2019 Small Business & Information Technology; Veterans, Military Affairs, and Public Protection
74 David Hale Rep Jeffersonville Menifee, Montgomery, Powell 2015 Enrollment
75 Kelly Flood Dem Lexington Fayette 2009
76 Ruth Ann Palumbo Dem Lexington Fayette 1991
77 George Brown Jr. Dem Lexington Fayette 2015
78 Mark Hart Rep Cynthiana Harrison, Pendleton, Scott 2017 Agriculture
79 Susan Westrom Dem Lexington Fayette 1999
80 David Meade Rep Stanford Lincoln, Pulaski, Rockcastle 2013 Committee on Committees
81 Deanna Frazier Rep Richmond Madison 2019
82 Regina Huff Rep Williamsburg Laurel, Whitley 2012 Education
83 Jeff Hoover Rep Jamestown Clinton, Pulaski, Russell 1997
84 Chris Fugate Rep Chavies Harlan, Perry 2017 Tourism & Outdoor Recreation
85 Tommy Turner Rep Somerset Laurel, Pulaski 1997 Tourism & Outdoor Recreation
86 Jim Stewart Rep Flat Lick Knox, Laurel 1997
87 Adam Bowling Rep Middlesboro Bell, Harlan 2019 Natural Resources & Energy
88 Cherlynn Stevenson Dem Lexington Fayette 2019
89 Robert Goforth Rep 2018
90 Derek Lewis Rep Hyden Clay, Harlan, Leslie 2019
91 Cluster Howard Dem Beattyville Breathitt, Estill, Lee 2019 (2015-16)
92 John Blanton Rep Hindman Knott, Magoffin, Pike 2017
93 Chris Harris Dem Belfry Pike, Martin 2015
94 Angie Hatton Dem Whitesburg Letcher, Pike 2017
95 Ashley Tackett Laferty Dem Prestonsburg Floyd 2019
96 Kathy Hinkle Dem Grayson Carter, Lewis 2019
97 Bobby McCool Rep Wittensville Floyd, Johnson, Morgan, Wolfe 2019
98 Danny Bentley Rep Russell Boyd, Greenup 2017
99 Richard White Rep Elliott, Lawrence, Rowan 2020
100 Terri Branham Clark Dem Ashland Boyd 2019

† Winner of a special election

Past composition of the House of Representatives[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Ireland, Robert M. (2011). The Kentucky State Constitution. New York: Oxford University Press. pp. 63–64. ISBN 978-0-19-987781-2. OCLC 871172867.
  2. ^ 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 March 11, 2010.
  3. ^ Gerth, Joseph (November 8, 2015). "Ky. Dems guard against efforts to flip House". Courier-Journal. Retrieved January 6, 2016.
  4. ^ Warren, Michael (November 30, 2016). "Democrats Lose a Southern Holdout". The Weekly Standard. Retrieved December 14, 2016.
  5. ^
  6. ^ "Committee Details - Legislative Research Commission". Retrieved February 23, 2020.

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