Kentucky Senate

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Kentucky State Senate
Kentucky General Assembly
Coat of arms or logo
Type
TypeUpper house
Term limitsNone
History
New session startedJanuary 4, 2013
Leadership
President of the SenateRobert Stivers, (R)
Since January 4, 2013
President pro TemporeKatie Kratz Stine, (R)
Since January 4, 2005
Majority LeaderDamon Thayer, (R)
Since January 4, 2013
Minority LeaderR.J. Palmer, (D)
Since January 4, 2011
Structure
Seats38
Political groupsRepublican Party (23)
Democratic Party (14)
Independent (1)
Length of term4 years
AuthorityThe Legislative Department, Section 29, Kentucky Constitution
Salary$186.73/day + per diem
Elections
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
(19 seats)
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
(19 seats)
RedistrictingLegislative Control
Meeting place
Kentucky Senate chamber.jpg
State Senate Chamber
Kentucky State Capitol
Frankfort, Kentucky
Website
Kentucky Legislative Research Commission
 
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Kentucky State Senate
Kentucky General Assembly
Coat of arms or logo
Type
TypeUpper house
Term limitsNone
History
New session startedJanuary 4, 2013
Leadership
President of the SenateRobert Stivers, (R)
Since January 4, 2013
President pro TemporeKatie Kratz Stine, (R)
Since January 4, 2005
Majority LeaderDamon Thayer, (R)
Since January 4, 2013
Minority LeaderR.J. Palmer, (D)
Since January 4, 2011
Structure
Seats38
Political groupsRepublican Party (23)
Democratic Party (14)
Independent (1)
Length of term4 years
AuthorityThe Legislative Department, Section 29, Kentucky Constitution
Salary$186.73/day + per diem
Elections
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
(19 seats)
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
(19 seats)
RedistrictingLegislative 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:

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]

President pro tempore (elected by full body): Katie Kratz Stine (R-24)

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

Current party leadership of the Kentucky Senate:

Members[edit]

AffiliationParty
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Total
RepublicanIndDemocraticVacant
End of 2013 Legislative Session23114380
2013 Legislative Session Begins23114380
Latest voting share63.2%36.8%

List of current Senators[edit]

SenatorPartyHometownDistrictCounties in Senate DistrictSinceCommittee Chair
 Stanley H. HumphriesRCadiz1Calloway, Carlisle, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, Lyon, Trigg2013
 Bob LeeperIPaducah2Ballard, McCracken, Marshall1991Appropriations
 Whitney WesterfieldRHopkinsville3Christian, Logan, Todd2013Judiciary
 Dorsey RidleyDPrinceton4Caldwell, Crittenden, Henderson, Livingston, Union, Webster2004
 Carroll GibsonRLeitchfield5Breckinridge, Grayson, Hancock, Hart, Larue, Meade2005
 Jerry RhoadsDMadisonville6Hopkins, Muhlenberg, Ohio2003
 Julian CarrollDFrankfort7Anderson, Fayette, Franklin, Woodford2005
 Joseph R. BowenRSorgho8Daviess, McLean2011State & Local Government
 David GivensRGreensburg9Allen, Barren, Edmonson, Green, Metcalfe, Simpson2009
 Dennis ParrettDElizabethtown10Hardin, Jefferson2011
 John SchickelRUnion11Boone, Gallatin, Kenton2009Licensing, Occupations, and Administrative Regulations
 Alice Forgy KerrRLexington12Fayette1999Economic Development, Tourism & Labor
 Reggie ThomasDLexington13Fayette2013
 Jimmy HigdonRLebanon14Marion, Mercer, Nelson, Taylor, Washington2009Veterans, Military Affairs & Public Protection
 Chris GirdlerRSomerset15Adair, Casey, Pulaski, Russell2013Capital Projects
 Sara Beth GregoryRMonticello16Clinton, Cumberland, McCreary, Monroe, Wayne, Whitley2013Enrollment
 Damon ThayerRGeorgetown17Grant, Kenton, Owen, Scott2003
 Robin L. WebbDGrayson18Bracken, Carter, Greenup, Lewis, Mason, RobertsonAugust 2009
 Morgan McGarveyDLouisville19Jefferson2013
 Paul HornbackRShelbyville20Bullitt, Shelby, Spencer2011Agriculture
 Albert RobinsonRLondon21Estil, Jackson, Laurel, Menifee, Powell2005 (1989–96)
 Tom BufordRNicholasville22Boyle, Fayette, Garrard, Jessamine1991Banking & Insurance
 Christian McDanielRTaylor Mill23Kenton1997
 Katie Kratz StineRSouthgate24Campbell, Pendleton1999 (1995–98)
 Robert StiversRManchester25Clay, Knox, Lee, Magoffin, Morgan, Owsley, Wolfe1997
 Ernie HarrisRCrestwood26Carroll, Henry, Jefferson, Oldham, Trimble1995Transportation
 Walter BlevinsDWest Liberty27Boyd, Elliot, Fleming, Lawrence, Rowan1992 (1982–92)
 R.J. PalmerDWinchester28Bath, Bourbon, Clark, Harrison, Montgomery, Nicholas2001 (1991-01)
 Johnny Ray TurnerDDrift29Breathitt, Floyd, Knott, Letcher2001
 Brandon SmithRHazard30Bell, Harlan, Leslie, Perry2008 (2001–08)
 Ray S. JonesDPikeville31Johnson, Martin, Pike2001
 Mike WilsonRBowling Green32Butler, WarrenFebruary 2011Education
 Gerald A. NealDLouisville33Jefferson1989
 Jared CarpenterRBerea34Lincoln, Madison, Rockcastle2011Natural Resources and Energy
 Denise Harper AngelDLouisville35Jefferson2005
 Julie DentonRLouisville36Jefferson1995Health & Welfare
 Perry B. ClarkDLouisville37Jefferson2006 (1995-06)
 Dan SeumRLouisville38Jefferson1995 (1982–88, 1989–92)

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