Kentucky Senate

Kentucky State Senate
Kentucky General Assembly
Coat of arms or logo
Type
Type
House Of the Senate
Term limits
None
History
New session started
January 8, 2019
Leadership
Robert Stivers ( R)
since January 4, 2013
President pro Tempore
David P. Givens ( R)
since January 6, 2015
Majority Leader
Damon Thayer ( R)
since January 4, 2013
Minority Leader
Morgan McGarvey ( D)
since January 8, 2019
Structure
Seats 38
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Political groups
Majority
  •    Republican (28)

Minority

Length of term
4 years
Authority The Legislative Department, Section 29, Kentucky Constitution
Salary $188.22/day + per diem
Elections
Last election
November 6, 2018
(19 seats)
Next election
November 3, 2020
(19 seats)
Redistricting Legislative Control
Meeting place
Kentucky Senate chamber.jpg
State Senate Chamber
Kentucky State Capitol
Frankfort, Kentucky
Website
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

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

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

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

Current party leadership of the Kentucky Senate:

Members

Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Total
Republican Democratic Vacant
End of previous legislature 26 11 37 1
Begin 2019 Session[2] 28 9 37 1
March 5, 2019[3] 29 9 38 0
April 15, 2020 28 9 37 1
June 30, 2020[4] 28 10 38 0
Latest voting share 73.7% 26.3% 38 0

List of current Senators

District Senator Party Since Residence Counties represented
1 Stanley H. Humphries Republican 2013 Cadiz Calloway, Carlisle, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, Lyon, Trigg
2 Danny Carroll Republican 2015 Paducah Ballard, Carlisle, Marshall, McCracken
3 Whitney Westerfield Republican 2013 Crofton Christian, Logan, Todd
4 Robby Mills Republican 2019 Henderson Caldwell, Crittenden, Henderson, Livingston, Union, Webster
5 Stephen Meredith Republican 2017 Leitchfield Breckinridge, Edmonson, Grayson, Hart, LaRue, Meade
6 C. B. Embry Republican 2015 Morgantown Butler, Hopkins, Muhlenberg, Ohio
7 Julian Carroll Democratic 2005 Frankfort Anderson, Franklin, Gallatin, Owen, Woodford
8 Matt Castlen Republican 2019 Owensboro Daviess, Hancock, McLean
9 David P. Givens Republican 2009 Greensburg Allen, Barren, Green, Metcalfe, Monroe, Simpson
10 Dennis Parrett Democratic 2011 Elizabethtown Hardin, Jefferson
11 John Schickel Republican 2009 Union Boone
12 Alice Forgy Kerr Republican 1999 Lexington Fayette
13 Reggie Thomas Democratic 2014 Lexington Fayette
14 Jimmy Higdon Republican 2009 Lebanon Casey, Jefferson, Marion, Nelson, Spencer
15 Rick Girdler Republican 2017 Somerset Boyle, Lincoln, Pulaski
16 Max Wise Republican 2015 Campbellsville Adair, Clinton, Cumberland, McCreary, Russell, Taylor, Wayne
17 Damon Thayer Republican 2003 Georgetown Grant, Kenton, Scott
18 Robin L. Webb Democratic 2009 Grayson Boyd, Carter, Greenup
19 Morgan McGarvey Democratic 2012 Louisville Jefferson
20 Paul Hornback Republican 2011 Shelbyville Carroll, Henry, Jefferson, Shelby, Trimble
21 Albert Robinson Republican 2013 London Bath, Estill, Jackson, Laurel, Menifee, Powell
22 Tom Buford Republican 1991 Nicholasville Fayette, Garrard, Jessamine, Mercer, Washington
23 Christian McDaniel Republican 2013 Taylor Mill Kenton
24 Wil Schroder Republican 2015 Wilder Bracken, Campbell, Pendleton
25 Robert Stivers Republican 1997 Manchester Clay, Knox, Lee, Owsley, Whitley, Wolfe
26 Karen Berg Democratic 2020 Louisville Jefferson, Oldham
27 Steve West Republican 2015 Paris Bourbon, Fleming, Harrison, Lewis, Mason, Nicholas, Robertson, Rowan
28 Ralph Alvarado Republican 2015 Winchester Clark, Fayette, Montgomery
29 Johnny Ray Turner Democratic 2001 Prestonsburg Floyd, Harlan, Knott, Letcher
30 Brandon Smith Republican 2008 Hazard Bell, Breathitt, Johnson, Leslie, Magoffin, Perry
31 Phillip Wheeler Republican 2019 Pikeville Elliott, Lawrence, Martin, Morgan, Pike
32 Mike Wilson Republican 2011 Bowling Green Warren
33 Gerald Neal Democratic 1989 Louisville Jefferson
34 Jared Carpenter Republican 2011 Berea Fayette, Madison, Rockcastle
35 Denise Harper Angel Democratic 2005 Louisville Jefferson
36 Julie Raque Adams Republican 2015 Louisville Jefferson
37 Perry B. Clark Democratic 2006 Louisville Jefferson
38 Mike Nemes Republican 2006 Shepherdsville Bullitt, Jefferson

History

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.[5] Gerald Neal became the first African-American to be elected to the Kentucky Senate in 1988. Gerald Neal also became the first African-American ever to be elected to a leadership position in the Kentucky General Assembly in 2014. [6]

Standing Committees

As of 16 July 2018.[7]

Committee Chair Vice Chair
Agriculture Paul Hornback (R-20) Steve West (R-27)
Appropriations and Revenue Christian McDaniel (R-23) Stan Humphries (R-1)
Banking and Insurance Tom Buford (R-22) Jared Carpenter (R-34)
Economic Development and Tourism Alice Forgy Kerr (R-12) Rick Girdler (R-15)
Education Max Wise (R-16) Steve West (R-27)
Health and Welfare Julie Raque Adams (R-36) Ralph Alvarado (R-28)
Judiciary Whitney Westerfield (R-3) Wil Schroder (R-24)
Licensing, Occupations John Schickel (R-11) Paul Hornback (R-20)
Natural Resources and Environment Jared Carpenter (R-24) Brandon Smith (R-30)
State Government Joe Bowen (R-8) Stan Humphries (R-1)
Transportation Ernie Harris (R-26) Brandon Smith (R-30)
Veterans, Military Affairs, and Public Protection Albert Robinson (R-21) C. B. Embry Jr. (R-6)

Past composition of the Senate

See also

References

  1. ^ "Dennis Parrett accepts leadership role in state Senate". thenewsenterprise.com.
  2. ^ Senator Ray Jones (D-31) resigned prior to the beginning of the legislative session to assume office as Pike County Judge/Executive.[1]
  3. ^ Republican Phillip Wheeler won a special election to fill the vacancy left by Sen. Ray Jones (D-31).[2]
  4. ^ Berg defeated Republican Bill Ferk to succeed Sen. Ernie Harris in representing Kentucky's 26th Senate District. [3]
  5. ^ Oswald, Sharon (January 5, 1977). "From senate to housemother, Mrs. Moore is mother of 110". The Tuscaloosa News. Tuscaloosa: The Tuscaloosa News. p. 8. Retrieved March 15, 2010.
  6. ^ Lawrence Smith (December 2, 2014). "Louisville state senator becomes first African-American elected to leadership in KY legislature". wdrb.com. Retrieved July 16, 2018.
  7. ^ "2018 Senate Standing Committees". Kentucky Legislature. Retrieved July 16, 2018.

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