House Republican Majority Announces 2017-2018 Leadership Team
FRANKFORT, Ky. (November 30, 2016) – Following today’s biennial leadership elections, the Kentucky House Republican Majority caucus announced its leaders to join already-nominated Speaker-Elect Jeff Hoover for the 2017-2018 sessions of the Kentucky General Assembly.
David Osborne, Speaker Pro-Tem was first elected to represent District 59 (part of Oldham County) in the Kentucky House in 2005. In 2016, he was Vice Chair of the Banking and Insurance Committee and the Licensing and Occupations Committee, and served on the Agriculture & Small Business Committee and the Tourism Development & Energy Committee.
Jonathan Shell, Majority Floor Leader was first elected to represent District 71 (Garrard, part of Madison, and Rockcastle County) in the Kentucky House in 2012, as the youngest member of the General Assembly. He was elected by his fellow caucus members to serve as the House Republican Campaign Chairman where he was in charge of overseeing all Republican recruitment for the 2016 House elections. Rep. Shell is a native of his district and helps run his family farm in Lancaster.
David Meade, Majority Caucus Chair was first elected to represent District 80 (Lincoln, part of Pulaski County) in 2012. In 2016, he served on the Appropriations & Revenue, Banking & Insurance, State Government, and Veterans, Military Affairs, & Public Safety Committees. Rep. Meade resides in Stanford, is a realtor and auctioneer.
Kevin Bratcher, Majority Whip was first elected to represent District 29 (part of Jefferson County) in the Kentucky House in 1996. In 2016, he served on the Elections, Constitutional Amendments & Intergovernmental Affairs Committee, the State Government Committee, and the Tourism Development & Energy Committee. Rep. Bratcher served as a Sailor in the United States Navy from 1985 to 1991.
“I’m excited to work with this group of incredibly qualified and motivated leaders,” said Speaker-Elect Hoover. “Alongside Senate President Robert Stivers and Governor Bevin, we will begin work immediately to determine the best path for Kentuckians. Through new ideas and a fresh direction, the Commonwealth is poised for great things.”
Both Speaker-Elect Jeff Hoover and Speaker Pro David Osborne will be fully elected by the entire House body on January 3, 2017 before officially taking office.