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Kentucky State Senate
Kentucky General Assembly
Coat of arms or logo
Type
Type
Term limits
None
History
New session started
January 6, 2015
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
Ray S. Jones II (D)
since January 6, 2015
Structure
Seats38
Political groups

Governing party

Opposition party

Length of term
4 years
AuthorityThe Legislative Department, Section 29, Kentucky Constitution
Salary$186.73/day + per diem
Elections
Last election
November 4, 2014
(19 seats)
Next election
November 1, 2016
(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
Type
Term limits
None
History
New session started
January 6, 2015
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
Ray S. Jones II (D)
since January 6, 2015
Structure
Seats38
Political groups

Governing party

Opposition party

Length of term
4 years
AuthorityThe Legislative Department, Section 29, Kentucky Constitution
Salary$186.73/day + per diem
Elections
Last election
November 4, 2014
(19 seats)
Next election
November 1, 2016
(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]

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
End of legislature
Begin26012380
Latest voting share68.4%0%31.6%100%0%

List of current Senators[edit]

As of 23 July 2014:[1]

SenatorPartyHometownDistrictCounties in Senate DistrictSinceCommittee Chair
 Humphries, StanRCadiz1Calloway, Carlisle, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, Lyon, Trigg2013
 Leeper, BobIPaducah2Ballard, McCracken, Marshall1991Appropriations
 Westerfield, WhitneyRHopkinsville3Christian, Logan, Todd2013Judiciary
 Ridley, DorseyDPrinceton4Caldwell, Crittenden, Henderson, Livingston, Union, Webster2004
 Gibson, CarrollRLeitchfield5Breckinridge, Grayson, Hancock, Hart, LaRue, Meade2005
 Rhoads, Jerry P.DMadisonville6Hopkins, Muhlenberg, Ohio2003
 Carroll, Julian M.DFrankfort7Anderson, Fayette, Franklin, Woodford2005
 Bowen, JoeRSorgho8Daviess, McLean2011State & Local Government
 Givens, David P.RGreensburg9Allen, Barren, Edmonson, Green, Metcalfe, Simpson2009
 Parrett, DennisDElizabethtown10Hardin, Jefferson2011
 Schickel, JohnRUnion11Boone, Gallatin, Kenton2009Licensing, Occupations, and Administrative Regulations
 Kerr, Alice ForgyRLexington12Fayette1999Economic Development, Tourism & Labor
 Thomas, ReginaldDLexington13Fayette2013
 Higdon, JimmyRLebanon14Marion, Mercer, Nelson, Taylor, Washington2009Veterans, Military Affairs & Public Protection
 Girdler, ChrisRSomerset15Adair, Casey, Pulaski, Russell2013Capital Projects
 Gregory, Sara BethRMonticello16Clinton, Cumberland, McCreary, Monroe, Wayne, Whitley2013Enrollment
 Thayer, DamonRGeorgetown17Grant, Kenton, Owen, Scott2003
 Webb, Robin L.DGrayson18Bracken, Carter, Greenup, Lewis, Mason, RobertsonAugust 2009
 McGarvey, MorganDLouisville19Jefferson2013
 Hornback, PaulRShelbyville20Bullitt, Shelby, Spencer2011Agriculture
 Robinson, AlbertRLondon21Estil, Jackson, Laurel, Menifee, Powell2005 (1989–96)
 Buford, TomRNicholasville22Boyle, Fayette, Garrard, Jessamine1991Banking & Insurance
 McDaniel, ChristianRTaylor Mill23Kenton1997
 Stine, KatieRSouthgate24Campbell, Pendleton1999 (1995–98)
 Stivers II, RobertRManchester25Clay, Knox, Lee, Magoffin, Morgan, Owsley, Wolfe1997
 Harris, ErnieRCrestwood26Carroll, Henry, Jefferson, Oldham, Trimble1995Transportation
 Blevins Jr., WalterDWest Liberty27Boyd, Elliot, Fleming, Lawrence, Rowan1992 (1982–92)
 Palmer II, R.J.DWinchester28Bath, Bourbon, Clark, Harrison, Montgomery, Nicholas2001 (1991-01)
 Turner, Johnny RayDDrift29Breathitt, Floyd, Knott, Letcher2001
 Smith, BrandonRHazard30Bell, Harlan, Leslie, Perry2008 (2001–08)
 Jones II, Ray S.DPikeville31Johnson, Martin, Pike2001
 Wilson, MikeRBowling Green32Butler, WarrenFebruary 2011Education
 Neal, Gerald A.DLouisville33Jefferson1989
 Carpenter, JaredRBerea34Lincoln, Madison, Rockcastle2011Natural Resources and Energy
 Harper Angel, DeniseDLouisville35Jefferson2005
 Denton, JulieRLouisville36Jefferson1995Health & Welfare
 Clark, Perry B.DLouisville37Jefferson2006 (1995-06)
 Seum, Dan "Malano"RLouisville38Jefferson1995 (1982–88, 1989–92)

History[edit]

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.[2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Senate: Members By District". Kentucky Legislature. Retrieved July 23, 2014. 
  2. ^ Oswald, Sharon (5 January 1977). "From senate to housemother, Mrs. Moore is mother of 110". The Tuscaloosa News (Tuscaloosa: The Tuscaloosa News). p. 8. Retrieved 15 March 2010. 

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