Kentucky House of Representatives

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.

Kentucky House of Representatives
Kentucky General Assembly
Type
Type
Term limits
None
History
New session started
January 8, 2019
Leadership
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
Vacant (D)
since December 10, 2019
Structure
Seats100
Political groups
Majority

Minority

Length of term
2 years
AuthorityThe Legislative Department, Section 29, Kentucky Constitution
Salary$186.73/day + per diem
Elections
Last election
November 6, 2018
Next election
November 3, 2020
(100 seats)
RedistrictingLegislative Control
Meeting place
House of Representatives Chamber
Kentucky State Capitol
Frankfort, Kentucky
Website
Kentucky Legislative Research Commission

History

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

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

Membership

Current composition

Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Total
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

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.

Leadership

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.

Leaders[4]

PositionNamePartyResidenceDistrict
Speaker of the HouseDavid OsborneRepublicanProspect59
Speaker Pro TemporeDavid MeadeRepublicanStanford80
Majority Floor LeaderJohn "Bam" CarneyRepublicanCampbellsville51
Majority WhipChad McCoyRepublicanBardstown50
Majority Caucus ChairSuzanne MilesRepublicanOwensboro7
Minority Floor LeaderVacantDemocratic
Minority WhipJoni JenkinsDemocraticShively44
Minority Caucus ChairDerrick GrahamDemocraticFrankfort57

Current membership

District Representative Party Hometown County(ies) Since Committee Chair Vice Chair
1Steven RudyRepWest PaducahBallard, Carlisle, Hickman, Fulton, McCracken2005Appropriations & Revenue
2Richard HeathRepMayfieldGraves, McCracken2012Agriculture
3Randy BridgesRepPaducahMcCracken2019
4Lynn BechlerRepMarionCaldwell, Crittenden, Livingston, McCracken2013
5Larry ElkinsRepMurrayCalloway, Trigg2019
6Chris FreelandRepBentonLyon, Marshall, McCracken2019
7Suzanne MilesRepOwensboroDaviess, Henderson, Union2014
8Walker ThomasRepHopkinsvilleChristian, Trigg2017Transportation
9Myron DossettRepPembrokeChristian2007
10Dean SchamoreDemHardinsburgBreckinridge2015
11Rob WiedersteinDemHendersonHenderson2019
12Jim GoochRepProvidenceDaviess, Hopkins, McLean, Webster1995Natural Resources & Energy
13Jim GlennDemOwensboroDaviess2019
14Scott LewisRepMaceoDaviess, Ohio2019Elections, Const. Amendments & Intergovernmental Affairs
15Melinda Gibbons PruntyRepBeltonChristian, Hopkins, Muhlenberg2017Health and Family Services
16Jason PetrieRepElktonLogan, Todd2017Judiciary
17Steve Sheldon RepBowling GreenWarren, Butler2019State Government
18Tim MooreRepHardinsburgBreckinridge, Hancock, Hardin2007Veterans, Military Affairs, and Public Protection
19Michael MeredithRepBrownsvilleEdmonson, Hart, LaRue2011Local Government
20Patti MinterDemBowling GreenWarren2019
21Bart RowlandRepTompkinsvilleHardin (Part), Hart, Metcalfe,

Monroe

2012Banking & Insurance
22Wilson StoneDemScottsvilleAllen, Simpson, Warren2009
23Steve RileyRepGlasgowBarren, Warren2017Education
24Brandon ReedRepHodgenvilleLarue, Marion, Pulaski2017
25Jim DuPlessisRepElizabethtownHardin2015
26Russell WebberRepElizabethtownHardin2013Economic Development & Workforce Investment
27Nancy TateRepBrandenburgBullitt, Meade, Hardin2019
28Charles MillerDemLouisvilleJefferson1998
29Kevin D. BratcherRepLouisvilleJefferson1997Elections, Const. Amendments & Intergovernmental AffairsState Government
30Tom BurchDemLouisvilleJefferson1978 (1972–75)
31Josie RaymondDemLouisvilleJefferson2019
32Tina BojanowskiDemLouisvilleJefferson2019
33Jason NemesRepLouisvilleJefferson2017
34Mary Lou MarzianDemLouisvilleJefferson1994
35Lisa WillnerDemLouisvilleJefferson2019
36Jerry T. MillerRepLouisvilleGarrard, Madison2015State Government
37Jeffery DonohueDemFairdaleJefferson2013
38McKenzie CantrellDemLouisvilleJefferson2017
39Russell A. MeyerDemNicholasvilleJessamine, Fayette2015
40Nima KulkarniDemShivelyJefferson2019
41 Attica Scott DemLouisvilleJefferson2017
42Reginald MeeksDemLouisvilleJefferson2001
43Charles BookerDemLouisvilleJefferson2019
44Joni L. JenkinsDemShivelyJefferson1995
45Stan LeeRepLexingtonFayette2001
46Al GentryDemLouisvilleJefferson2017
47Rick RandDemBedfordCarroll, Henry, Oldham, Trimble2003 (1991-94)
48Maria SorolisDemLouisvilleJefferson, Oldham2019
49Thomas HuffRepShepherdsvilleBullitt2019
50Chad McCoyRepBardstownNelson2017
51John "Bam" CarneyRepCampbellsvilleAdair, Taylor2009Rules; Enrollment
52Ken UpchurchRepMonticelloMcCreary, Pulaski, Wayne2013Transportation
53James TiptonRepTompkinsvilleAnderson, Bullitt, Spencer2015
54Daniel Elliott†RepGravel SwitchBoyle, Casey2016Economic Development & Workforce Investment
55Kim KingRepHarrodsburgAnderson, Mercer, Spencer2011
56Joe GravissDemVersaillesFayette, Franklin, Woodford2019
57Derrick GrahamDemFrankfortFranklin2003
58Rob RothenburgerRepShelbyvilleShelby2017Local Government
59David OsborneRepProspectJefferson, Oldham2005Rules; Committee on Committees
60Sal SantoroRepFlorenceBoone2007
61Savannah MaddoxRepDry RidgeGallatin, Grant, Owen2019
62Philip PrattRepGeorgetownFayette, Owen, Scott2017Appropriations & Revenue
63Diane St. OngeRepLakeside ParkKenton2013Small Business & Information Technology
64Kimberly Poore MoserRepTaylor MillCampbell, Kenton2017Health and Family Services
65Buddy WheatleyDemCovingtonKenton2019
66C. Ed MasseyRepBurlingtonBoone2019Judiciary
67VacantCampbell
68Joseph M. FischerRepFt. ThomasCampbell1999Banking & Insurance
69Adam KoenigRepErlangerBoone, Campbell, Kenton2007Licensing, Occupations, and Admin Regs
70John Sims Jr.DemMaysvilleBracken, Fleming, Mason, Robertson2017
71R. Travis BrendaRepWest LibertyMenifee, Morgan, Rowan, Wolfe2019
72Matthew KochRepParisBath, Bourbon, Fayette, Nicholas2019Licensing, Occupations, & Admin Regs
73Les YatesRepWinchesterClark, Madison2019Small Business & Information Technology; Veterans, Military Affairs, and Public Protection
74David HaleRepJeffersonvilleMenifee, Montgomery, Powell2015Enrollment
75Kelly FloodDemLexingtonFayette2009
76Ruth Ann PalumboDemLexingtonFayette1991
77George Brown JrDemLexingtonFayette2015
78Mark HartRepCynthianaHarrison, Pendleton, Scott2017Agriculture
79Susan WestromDemLexingtonFayette1999
80David MeadeRepStanfordLincoln, Pulaski, Rockcastle2013Committee on Committees
81Deanna FrazierRepRichmondMadison2019
82Regina HuffRepWilliamsburgLaurel, Whitley2012Education
83Jeff HooverRepJamestownClinton, Pulaski, Russell1997
84Chris FugateRepChaviesHarlan, Perry2017Tourism & Outdoor Recreation
85Tommy TurnerRepSomersetLaurel, Pulaski1997Tourism & Outdoor Recreation
86Jim Stewart IIIRepFlat LickKnox, Laurel1997
87Adam BowlingRepMiddlesboroBell, Harlan2019Natural Resources & Energy
88Cherlynn StevensonDemLexingtonFayette2019
89Robert Goforth†Rep2018
90Derek LewisRepHydenClay, Harlan, Leslie2019
91Cluster HowardDemBeattyvilleBreathitt, Estill, Lee2019 (2015-16)
92John BlantonRepHindmanKnott, Magoffin, Pike2017
93Chris HarrisDemBelfryPike, Martin2015
94Angie HattonDemWhitesburgLetcher, Pike2017
95Ashley Tackett LafertyDemPrestonsburgFloyd2019
96Kathy HinkleDemGraysonCarter, Lewis2019
97Bobby McCoolRepWittensvilleFloyd, Johnson, Morgan, Wolfe2019
98Danny BentleyRepRussellBoyd, Greenup2017
99VacantBoyd, Elliott, Lawrence, Rowan
100Terri Branham ClarkDemAshlandBoyd2019

† Winner of a special election

Past composition of the House of Representatives

See also

References

  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 March 11, 2010.
  2. Gerth, Joseph (November 8, 2015). "Ky. Dems guard against efforts to flip House". Courier-Journal. Retrieved January 6, 2016.
  3. Warren, Michael (November 30, 2016). "Democrats Lose a Southern Holdout". The Weekly Standard. Retrieved December 14, 2016.
  4. https://legislature.ky.gov/Legislators/Pages/default.aspx
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