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In 2010, the House of Representatives was in session from January 5th to April 15th.
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Kentucky House of Representatives

Seal of Kentucky.png
General Information
Type:   Lower house
Term limits:   None
2015 session start:   January 8, 2013
Website:   Official House Page
House Speaker:  Greg Stumbo, (D)
Majority Leader:   Rocky Adkins, (D)
Minority Leader:   Jeffrey Hoover, (R)
Members:  100
   Democratic Party (54)
Republican Party (45)
Vacant (1)
Length of term:   2 years
Authority:   The Legislative Department, Kentucky Constitution, Sec 29
Salary:   $186.73/day + per diem
Last Election:  November 6, 2012 (100 seats)
Next election:  November 4, 2014 (100 seats)
Redistricting:  Kentucky legislature has control
Meeting place:
Kentucky House Chamber.JPG
The Kentucky House of Representatives is the lower house of the Kentucky General Assembly. 100 members make up the lower chamber of the Kentucky General Assembly. Each member represents an average of 43,394 residents, as of the 2010 Census.[1] After the 2000 Census, each member represented approximately 40,418 residents.[2] The House of Representatives convenes in regular session on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in January for 60 days in even-numbered years and for 30 days in odd-numbered years. It convenes in special sessions at the call of the governor. The Kentucky Constitution mandates that a regular session be completed no later than April 15 in even-numbered years and March 30 in odd-numbered years[3].

As of April 2015, Kentucky is one of 19 states that is under divided government and is therefore not one of the state government trifectas.


Section 36 of The Legislative Department of the Kentucky Constitution establishes when the Kentucky General Assembly, which the House is a part of, is required to meet. Regular Sessions convene on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in January. Sessions in odd numbered years can last no more than 30 legislative days and must be concluded by March 30. Sessions in even numbered years can last no more than 60 legislative days and must be concluded by April 15. The governor may call additional special sessions.[4]

Bills may be filed at anytime the House and Senate Senate Clerks' offices are open. [5]


See also: Dates of 2013 state legislative sessions

In 2013, the Legislature will be in session from January 8 through March 26.

Major issues

Legislators are expected to address reforms to the states tax code, pension plans for governmental retirees, and legalization of casino style gambling. Additionally, they will also have to revisit redistricting, as plans passed last year were rejected by the state Supreme Court.[6]


See also: Dates of 2012 state legislative sessions

In 2012, the House was in session from January 3 through April 9.


See also: Dates of 2011 state legislative sessions

In 2011, the Senate was in session from January 4 through March 9, and reconvened for a special session on March 14. The session was called to an early end by Senate President David Williams on March 9, 12 days sooner than the originally scheduled end date of March 22. [7] On March 9, Governor Steve Beshear called to re-convene on March 14 for a special legislative session, focused on balancing the state's Medicaid budget. [8] The House adjourned the special session on March 25, however, the Senate is set to return on April 6. [9]


See also: Dates of 2010 state legislative sessions

In 2010, the House of Representatives was in session from January 5th to April 15th.


See also: Open States' Legislative Data Report Card

The Sunlight Foundation released an "Open Legislative Data Report Card" in March 2013. Kentucky was given a grade of F in the report. The report card evaluated how adequate, complete and accessible legislative data was to the general public. A total of 10 states received an A: Arkansas, Connecticut, Georgia, Kansas, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Texas, Virginia and Washington.[10]



See also: Kentucky House of Representatives elections, 2012

Elections for the office of Kentucky House of Representatives were held in Kentucky on November 6, 2012. All 100 seats were up for election.

The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was January 31, 2012. The primary election day was May 22, 2012.[11]

The following table details the 10 districts with the smallest margin of victory in the November 6 general election.


See also: Kentucky House of Representatives elections, 2010

Elections for the office of Kentucky House of Representatives were held in Kentucky on November 2, 2010. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was January 26, 2010 and the primary election day was on May 18, 2010.

Incumbents ran in 95 out of the 100 districts. Districts without an incumbent running are 10, 32, 37, 52, and 81.

In 2010, candidates running for state house raised a total of $7,620,093 in campaign contributions. The top 10 donors were: [12]


To be eligible to serve in the Kentucky House of Representatives, a candidate must be:[13]

  • At least 24 years of age at the time of the election
  • A citizen of Kentucky
  • Resided in the state 2 years preceding the election
  • Resided in the district for the last year


See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures
How Vacancies are filled in State Legislatures
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If there is a vacancy in the House, a special election must be held to fill the vacant seat. The Governor must call for an election if the House is not in session. The House Speaker must call for an election if lawmakers are in session[14]. All nominating deadlines for special elections are 28 days before the election[15].


Redistricting is handled by the General Assembly. By tradition rather than law, each chamber devises its own map, which is submitted as a bill and subject to a vote like other legislation. The Governor wields veto power.

2010 census

Kentucky received local census data on March 17, 2011. The state's population grew 7.4 percent to 4,339,367, with the central region's population gaining at the expense of the remainder.[16]

At the time of redistricting, the Assembly was split, with Democrats controlling the House and Republicans controlling the Senate. Without a costly special session called, the Assembly began the redistricting process for legislative boundaries in January 2011. On January 20, Governor Steve Beshear (D) signed the state's legislative redistricting maps into law. Each chamber drew its own maps; the Governor criticized Senate Republicans for drawing partisan maps, but did not chasten the House's plan. House Republicans filed suit on the 26th on the grounds that the Democrats' map divided counties needlessly. The circuit court overturned the new legislative districts on February 7, citing excessive population disparities and division of counties. Expediting the Republicans' appeal, the Kentucky Supreme Court heard oral arguments on February 24, upholding the lower court's decision the same day.


Partisan composition

See also: Partisan composition of state houses
Party As of April 2015
     Democratic Party 54
     Republican Party 46
Total 100

The chart below shows the partisan composition of the Kentucky State House of Representatives from 1992-2013.
Partisan composition of the Kentucky State House.PNG


The Speaker of the House is the presiding officer of the body. Duties of the Speaker include preserving order and decorum, deciding points of order, and signing all writs, warrants, subpoenas and other processes. The House elects a Speaker Pro Tempore to preside over the body when the Speaker is absent.[17][18]

Current leadership

Current Leadership, Kentucky House of Representatives
Office Representative Party
State Speaker of the House Gregory Stumbo Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Speaker Pro Tempore Lawrence Clark Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Majority Floor Leader Rocky Adkins Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Majority Caucus Leader Sannie Overly Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Majority Whip Tommy Thompson Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Minority Floor Leader Jeffrey Hoover Ends.png Republican
State House Minority Caucus Leader Bob DeWeese Ends.png Republican
State House Minority Whip John Carney Ends.png Republican


See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2012, members of the Kentucky legislature are paid $188.22/day. Additionally, legislators receive $135.30/day per diem tied to 110% of the federal rate.[19]

The $188.22/day that Kentucky legislators are paid as of 2011 is an increase over the $180.54 they were paid during legislative sessions in 2007. Per diem has increased from $108.90/day in 2007 to $135.30/day in 2011.[20]


Legislative pensions in Kentucky are equal to 2.75% to 5% of the salary multiplied by the number of years served, while regular state pensions equal 1.1% to 2.5% of salary multiplied by years served. Starting in 2005, retiring legislators holding full-time jobs with the state could base their legislative pension on this higher salary, rather than their actual legislative salary.[21]

When sworn in

See also: When state legislators assume office after a general election

Kentucky legislators assume office the first day of January after their election.

Current members

Current members, Kentucky House of Representatives
District Representative Party Assumed office
1 Steven Rudy Ends.png Republican 2005
2 Richard Heath Ends.png Republican 2013
3 Gerald Watkins Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
4 Lynn Bechler Ends.png Republican 2013
5 Kenny Imes Ends.png Republican 2013
6 Will Coursey Electiondot.png Democratic 2009
7 John Arnold, Jr. Electiondot.png Democratic 1995
8 John Tilley Electiondot.png Democratic 2007
9 Myron Dossett Ends.png Republican 2007
10 Ben Waide Ends.png Republican 2011
11 David Watkins Electiondot.png Democratic 2007
12 Jim Gooch, Jr. Electiondot.png Democratic 1995
13 James Glenn, Jr. Electiondot.png Democratic 2007
14 Tommy Thompson Electiondot.png Democratic 2003
15 Brent Yonts Electiondot.png Democratic 1997
16 Martha King Electiondot.png Democratic 2009
17 C. Embry, Jr. Ends.png Republican 2003
18 Dwight Butler Ends.png Republican 1995
19 Michael Meredith Ends.png Republican 2011
20 Jody Richards Electiondot.png Democratic 1977
21 Jim DeCesare Ends.png Republican 2005
22 Wilson Stone Electiondot.png Democratic 2009
23 Johnny Bell Electiondot.png Democratic 2007
24 Terry Mills Electiondot.png Democratic 2010
25 Jimmie Lee Electiondot.png Democratic 1993
26 Tim Moore Ends.png Republican 2007
27 Jeff Greer Electiondot.png Democratic 2007
28 Charles Miller Electiondot.png Democratic 1999
29 Kevin Bratcher Ends.png Republican 1997
30 Thomas Burch Electiondot.png Democratic 1979
31 Steven Riggs Electiondot.png Democratic 1991
32 Julie Adams Ends.png Republican 2011
33 Ronald Crimm Ends.png Republican 1997
34 Mary Marzian Electiondot.png Democratic 1995
35 Jim Wayne Electiondot.png Democratic 1991
36 Jonathan Shell Ends.png Republican 2013
37 Jeffery M. Donohue Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
38 Denver "Denny" Butler Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
39 Robert Damron Electiondot.png Democratic 1993
40 Dennis Horlander Electiondot.png Democratic 1997
41 Thomas Riner Electiondot.png Democratic 1983
42 Reginald Meeks Electiondot.png Democratic 2001
43 Darryl Owens Electiondot.png Democratic 2005
44 Joni Jenkins Electiondot.png Democratic 1995
45 Stan Lee Ends.png Republican 2001
46 Lawrence Clark Electiondot.png Democratic 1985
47 Rick Rand Electiondot.png Democratic 2003
48 Bob DeWeese Ends.png Republican 1993
49 Russell Webber Ends.png Republican 2013
50 David Floyd Ends.png Republican 2005
51 John Carney Ends.png Republican 2009
52 Ken Upchurch Ends.png Republican 2013
53 Bart Rowland Ends.png Republican 2012
54 Mike Harmon Ends.png Republican 2003
55 Kim King Ends.png Republican 2011
56 Vacant
57 Derrick Graham Electiondot.png Democratic 2003
58 W. Montell Ends.png Republican 2003
59 David Osborne Ends.png Republican 2005
60 Sal Santoro Ends.png Republican 2007
61 Brian E. Linder Ends.png Republican 2013
62 Ryan Quarles Ends.png Republican 2011
63 Diane St. Onge Ends.png Republican 2013
64 Thomas Kerr Ends.png Republican 1985
65 Arnold Simpson Electiondot.png Democratic 1995
66 Addia Wuchner Ends.png Republican 2005
67 Dennis Keene Electiondot.png Democratic 2005
68 Joseph Fischer Ends.png Republican 1999
69 Adam Koenig Ends.png Republican 2007
70 Mitchel Denham, Jr. Electiondot.png Democratic 2001
71 John Stacy Electiondot.png Democratic 1993
72 Sannie Overly Electiondot.png Democratic 2008
73 Donna Mayfield Ends.png Republican 2011
74 Richard Henderson Electiondot.png Democratic 2007
75 Kelly Flood Electiondot.png Democratic 2009
76 Ruth Palumbo Electiondot.png Democratic 1991
77 Jesse Crenshaw Electiondot.png Democratic 1993
78 Thomas McKee Electiondot.png Democratic 1997
79 Susan Westrom Electiondot.png Democratic 1999
80 David Meade Ends.png Republican 2013
81 Rita Smart Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
82 Regina Bunch Ends.png Republican 2011
83 Jeffrey Hoover Ends.png Republican 1997
84 Fitz Steele Electiondot.png Democratic 2009
85 Thomas Turner Ends.png Republican 1997
86 Jim Stewart, III Ends.png Republican 1997
87 Rick Nelson Electiondot.png Democratic 2001
88 Robert J. Benvenuti III. Ends.png Republican 2013
89 Marie Rader Ends.png Republican 1997
90 Tim Couch Ends.png Republican 2003
91 Gary Wayne Herald Ends.png Republican 2013
92 John Short Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
93 Keith Hall Electiondot.png Democratic 2001
94 Leslie Combs Electiondot.png Democratic 2007
95 Gregory Stumbo Electiondot.png Democratic 2009
96 Jill York Ends.png Republican 2009
97 Hubert Collins Electiondot.png Democratic 1991
98 Tanya Pullin Electiondot.png Democratic 2001
99 Rocky Adkins Electiondot.png Democratic 1987
100 Kevin Sinnette Electiondot.png Democratic 2009

Standing committees

Kentucky House of Representatives has 19 standing committees:


Partisan balance 1992-2013

Who Runs the States Project
See also: Ballotpedia:Who Runs the States and Ballotpedia:Who Runs the States, Kentucky
Partisan breakdown of the Kentucky legislature from 1992-2013

During every year from 1992-2013, the Democratic Party was the majority in the Kentucky State House of Representatives.

Across the country, there were 577 Democratic and 483 Republican State Houses of Representatives from 1992 to 2013.

Over the course of the 22-year study, state governments became increasingly more partisan. At the outset of the study period (1992), 18 of the 49 states with partisan legislatures had single-party trifectas and 31 states had divided governments. In 2013, only 13 states have divided governments, while single-party trifectas held sway in 36 states, the most in the 22 years studied.

The chart below shows the partisan composition of the Office of the Governor of Kentucky, the Kentucky State Senate and the Kentucky House of Representatives from 1992-2013. Partisan composition of Kentucky state government(1992-2013).PNG

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