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.
Kentucky State Senate
|Kentucky General Assembly|
New session started
|January 8, 2019|
President pro Tempore
David P. Givens (R)
since January 6, 2015
Length of term
|Authority||The Legislative Department, Section 29, Kentucky Constitution|
|Salary||$186.73/day + per diem|
|November 6, 2018|
|November 3, 2020|
|State Senate Chamber|
Kentucky State Capitol
|Kentucky Legislative Research Commission|
Terms and qualifications
- 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.
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.
- President (elected by full body): Robert Stivers (R-25)
- President pro tempore (elected by full body): David P. Givens (R-9)
Additionally, each political party elects a floor leader, whip, and caucus chairman.
Current party leadership of the Kentucky Senate:
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
|End of previous legislature||27||11||38||0|
|Begin 2019 Session||28||9||37||1|
|March 5, 2019||29||9||38||0|
|Latest voting share||76.32%||23.68%|
List of current Senators
|District||Senator||Party||Hometown||Counties in Senate District||Since||Committee Chair|
|1||Stanley H. Humphries||Rep||Cadiz||Calloway, Carlisle, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, Lyon, Trigg||2013|
|2||Danny Carroll||Rep||Paducah||Ballard, McCracken, Marshall||2015|
|3||Whitney Westerfield||Rep||Hopkinsville||Christian, Logan, Todd||2013||Judiciary|
|4||Robby Mills||Rep||Princeton||Caldwell, Crittenden, Henderson, Livingston, Henderson, Henderson||2018|
|5||Stephen Meredith||Rep||Leitchfield||Breckinridge, Grayson, Hancock, Hart, LaRue, Meade||2016|
|6||C.B. Embry Jr.||Rep||Morgantown||Hopkins, Muhlenberg, Ohio||2015|
|7||Julian Carroll||Dem||Frankfort||Anderson, Fayette, Franklin, Woodford||2005|
|8||Matt Castlen||Rep||Sorgho||Daviess, McLean||2018||State & Local Government|
|9||David P. Givens||Rep||Greensburg||Allen, Barren, Edmonson, Green, Metcalfe, Simpson||2009|
|10||Dennis Parrett||Dem||Elizabethtown||Hardin, Jefferson||2011|
|11||John Schickel||Rep||Union||Boone, Gallatin, Kenton||2009||Licensing, Occupations, and Administrative Regulations|
|12||Alice Forgy Kerr||Rep||Lexington||Fayette||1999||Economic Development, Tourism & Labor|
|14||Jimmy Higdon||Rep||Lebanon||Marion, Mercer, Nelson, Taylor, Washington||2009||Veterans, Military Affairs, and Public Protection|
|15||Rick Girdler||Rep||Somerset||Adair, Casey, Pulaski, Russell||2017||Capital Projects|
|16||Max Wise||Rep||Campbellsville||Clinton, Cumberland, McCreary, Monroe, Wayne, Whitley||2015|
|17||Damon Thayer||Rep||Georgetown||Grant, Kenton, Owen, Scott||2003|
|18||Robin L. Webb||Dem||Grayson||Bracken, Carter, Greenup, Lewis, Mason, Robertson||2009|
|20||Paul Hornback||Rep||Shelbyville||Bullitt, Shelby, Spencer||2011||Agriculture|
|21||Albert Robinson||Rep||London||Estil, Jackson, Laurel, Menifee, Powell||2005 (1989–96)|
|22||Tom Buford||Rep||Nicholasville||Boyle, Fayette, Garrard, Jessamine||1991||Banking & Insurance|
|23||Christian McDaniel||Rep||Taylor Mill||Kenton||2013|
|24||Wil Schroder||Rep||Wilder||Campbell, Pendleton||2015|
|25||Robert Stivers II||Rep||Manchester||Clay, Knox, Lee, Magoffin, Morgan, Owsley, Wolfe||1997|
|26||Ernie Harris||Rep||Crestwood||Carroll, Henry, Jefferson, Oldham, Trimble||1995||Transportation|
|27||Steve West||Rep||Millersburg||Bourbon, Fleming, Harrison, Lewis, Mason, Nicholas, Robertson, Rowan||2015|
|28||Ralph Alvarado||Rep||Winchester||Bath, Bourbon, Clark, Harrison, Montgomery, Nicholas, Fayette||2015|
|29||Johnny Ray Turner||Dem||Drift||Breathitt, Floyd, Knott, Letcher||2001|
|30||Brandon Smith||Rep||Hazard||Bell, Harlan, Leslie, Perry||2008 (2001–08)|
|31||Philip Wheeler||Rep||Pikeville||Pike, Martin, Lawrence, Elliott, Morgan||2019|
|32||Mike Wilson||Rep||Bowling Green||Butler, Warren||2011||Education|
|34||Jared Carpenter||Rep||Berea||Lincoln, Madison, Rockcastle||2011||Natural Resources, and Energy|
|35||Denise Harper Angel||Dem||Louisville||Jefferson||2005|
|36||Julie Raque Adams||Rep||Louisville||Jefferson||2015 (2011-2015)|
|37||Perry B. Clark||Dem||Louisville||Jefferson County, KY||2006 (1995-06)|
|38||Dan "Malano" Seum||Rep||Louisville||Jefferson||1995 (1982–88, 1989–92)|
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. 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.
|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)|
|Committee on Committees||Robert Stivers (R-29)||N/A|
|Economic Development, Tourism, and Labor||Alice Forgy Kerr (R-12)||Rick Girdler (R-15)|
|Education||Max Wise (R-16)||Steve West (R-27)|
|Enrollment||Wil Schroder (R-24)||N/A|
|Health and Welfare||Julie Raque Adams (R-36)||Ralph Alvarado (R-28)|
|Judiciary||Whitney Westerfield (R-3)||Wil Schroder (R-24)|
|Licensing, Occupations, and Administrative Regulations||John Schickel (R-11)||Paul Hornback (R-20)|
|Natural Resources and Energy||Jared Carpenter (R-24)||Brandon Smith (R-30)|
|Rules||Robert Stivers (R-29)||N/A|
|State and Local 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
- "Dennis Parrett accepts leadership role in state Senate". thenewsenterprise.com.
- Senator Ray Jones (D-31) resigned prior to the beginning of the legislative session to assume office as Pike County Judge/Executive.
- Republican Philip Wheeler won a special election to fill the vacancy left by Sen. Ray Jones (D-31).
- "Senate: Members By District". Kentucky Legislature. Retrieved July 23, 2017.
- 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.
- Lawrence Smith (December 2, 2014). "Louisvill state senator becomes first African-American elected to leadership in KY legislature". wdrb.com. Retrieved July 16, 2018.
- "2018 Senate Standing Committees". Kentucky Legislature. Retrieved July 16, 2018.