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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 annually beginning in January. Sessions last for 60 legislative days in even-numbered years and 30 legislative days in odd-numbered years.
Kentucky State Senate
|Kentucky General Assembly|
House Of the Senate
New session started
|January 8, 2019|
Length of term
|Authority||The Legislative Department, Section 29, Kentucky Constitution|
|Salary||$188.22/day + per diem|
|November 6, 2020|
|November 3, 2022|
|State Senate Chamber|
Kentucky State Capitol
|Legislative Research Commission|
Republicans have had control of the Senate since 2000. They currently hold 30 seats to Democrats' 8.
Terms and qualificationsEdit
- 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)
|Previous Legislature (2017-2018)||26||11||37||1|
|Previous Legislature (2019-2020)||28||10||38||0|
|July 6, 2021||29||8||38||1|
|Latest voting share||76.3%||21.1%||38||1|
List of current SenatorsEdit
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)|
|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 SenateEdit
- "Dennis Parrett accepts leadership role in state Senate". thenewsenterprise.com.
- Tom Buford died of cancer; Desrochers, Daniel (July 6, 2021). "Kentucky State Senator Tom Buford dies at 72". Lexington Herald-Leader. Retrieved July 7, 2021.
- 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). "Louisville 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.
- Kentucky Legislature Senate Members official government website
- State Senate of Kentucky at Project Vote Smart
- Kentucky Senate at Ballotpedia