REPUBLICANS TAKE OVER KENTUCKY GOVERNMENT
FRANKFORT, Ky. (January 3, 2017) – Today, the Kentucky House of Representatives will convene for the 2017 Regular Session at Noon EST in the House Chamber. House Republicans, led by Speaker-Elect Jeff Hoover, will assume control of the chamber for the first time in nearly 100 years.
WHO: Kentucky House of Representatives
WHAT: 2017 Regular Session Convenes
WHEN: Noon, EST, Tuesday, January 3, 2017
WHERE: State Capitol, House of Representatives Chamber
Kentucky House Republican Caucus
House Republicans Make History; Assume Majority for First Time in Nearly 100 Years
FRANKFORT, Ky. (January 3, 2017) – Today, as the 2017 Regular Session of the Kentucky General Assembly convened, House Republicans assumed the majority in the chamber for the first time in nearly 100 years. Led by Speaker Jeff Hoover, the first Republican to serve in the role of Kentucky House Speaker since 1921, the body elected the first-ever Republican Speaker Pro-Tempore David Osborne, the first-ever Republican Floor Leader Jonathan Shell, the first-ever Republican Caucus Chairman David Meade, and the first-ever Republican Whip Kevin Bratcher.
Along with leadership posts, 23 new Republicans and five new Democrats were sworn in to represent their respective House Districts. The total composition of the Kentucky House now consists of 64 Republicans and 36 Democrats.
“Kentuckians chose a new direction for the House and today history has been made official,” said Speaker Jeff Hoover. “To mark the historical shift, many things will be different in the House under our leadership, including the overall tone of business. Today, for the first time in nearly 100 years, the will of every Kentuckian will come first, and the change will be felt all around the Commonwealth.”
Under new leadership, pro-business and pro-jobs bills will receive priority in the House for the first time in years, along with pro-life legislation. Additionally, many changes in House business, from chamber decorum to more efficient operation, will be seen under the historic shift of power.
“Hard-working Kentuckians will be considered in every decision this chamber makes,” added Speaker Hoover. “We will start on time, we will do the people’s work from day one, and we will respect the taxpayers at every turn. Our members are here to serve their constituents, and no matter political party, their opinions and ideas will be valued.”
The 2017 Regular Session convened today, and is scheduled to end on March 30, 2017.