Kentucky Senate

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Kentucky State Senate
Kentucky General Assembly
Coat of arms or logo
Term limits
New session started
January 6, 2015
Robert Stivers (R)
Since January 4, 2013
President pro Tempore
David P. Givens (R)
Since January 6, 2015
Majority Leader
Damon Thayer (R)
Since January 4, 2013
Minority Leader
Ray S. Jones II (D)
Since January 6, 2015
Seats 38
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Political groups
Governing party

Opposition party

Length of term
4 years
Authority The Legislative Department, Section 29, Kentucky Constitution
Salary $186.73/day + per diem
Last election
November 4, 2014
(19 seats)
Next election
November 8, 2016
(19 seats)
Redistricting Legislative Control
Meeting place
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State Senate Chamber
Kentucky State Capitol
Frankfort, Kentucky
Kentucky Legislative Research Commission

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.

Terms and qualifications

According to Section 32 of the Kentucky Constitution, a state senator must:

  • 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.


Additionally, each political party elects a floor leader, whip, and caucus chairman.

Current party leadership of the Kentucky Senate:


Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Republican Ind Democratic Vacant
End of 2012 Legislative Session 22 1 15 38 0
2013 Legislative Session Begins 23 1 14 38 0
End of legislature
2015 Legislative Session Begins 26 0 11 37 1
March 3, 2015[1] 27 38 0
Latest voting share 71.1% 28.9%

List of current Senators

As of 23 July 2014:[2]

Senator Party Hometown District Counties in Senate District Since Committee Chair
  Humphries, Stan R Cadiz 1 Calloway, Carlisle, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, Lyon, Trigg 2013
  Carroll, Danny R Paducah 2 Ballard, McCracken, Marshall 2015
  Westerfield, Whitney R Hopkinsville 3 Christian, Logan, Todd 2013 Judiciary
  Ridley, Dorsey D Princeton 4 Caldwell, Crittenden, Henderson, Livingston, Union, Webster 2004
  Gibson, Carroll R Leitchfield 5 Breckinridge, Grayson, Hancock, Hart, LaRue, Meade 2005
  Embry, C.B. Jr. R Morgantown 6 Hopkins, Muhlenberg, Ohio 2015
  Carroll, Julian M. D Frankfort 7 Anderson, Fayette, Franklin, Woodford 2005
  Bowen, Joe R Sorgho 8 Daviess, McLean 2011 State & Local Government
  Givens, David P. R Greensburg 9 Allen, Barren, Edmonson, Green, Metcalfe, Simpson 2009
  Parrett, Dennis D Elizabethtown 10 Hardin, Jefferson 2011
  Schickel, John R Union 11 Boone, Gallatin, Kenton 2009 Licensing, Occupations, and Administrative Regulations
  Kerr, Alice Forgy R Lexington 12 Fayette 1999 Economic Development, Tourism & Labor
  Thomas, Reginald D Lexington 13 Fayette 2013
  Higdon, Jimmy R Lebanon 14 Marion, Mercer, Nelson, Taylor, Washington 2009 Veterans, Military Affairs & Public Protection
  Girdler, Chris R Somerset 15 Adair, Casey, Pulaski, Russell 2013 Capital Projects
  Wise, Max R Campbellsville 16 Clinton, Cumberland, McCreary, Monroe, Wayne, Whitley 2015
  Thayer, Damon R Georgetown 17 Grant, Kenton, Owen, Scott 2003
  Webb, Robin L. D Grayson 18 Bracken, Carter, Greenup, Lewis, Mason, Robertson August 2009
  McGarvey, Morgan D Louisville 19 Jefferson 2013
  Hornback, Paul R Shelbyville 20 Bullitt, Shelby, Spencer 2011 Agriculture
  Robinson, Albert R London 21 Estil, Jackson, Laurel, Menifee, Powell 2005 (1989–96)
  Buford, Tom R Nicholasville 22 Boyle, Fayette, Garrard, Jessamine 1991 Banking & Insurance
  McDaniel, Christian R Taylor Mill 23 Kenton 1997
  Stine, Katie R Southgate 24 Campbell, Pendleton 1999 (1995–98)
  Stivers II, Robert R Manchester 25 Clay, Knox, Lee, Magoffin, Morgan, Owsley, Wolfe 1997
  Harris, Ernie R Crestwood 26 Carroll, Henry, Jefferson, Oldham, Trimble 1995 Transportation
  West, Steve R Millersburg 27 Bourbon, Fleming, Harrison, Lewis, Mason, Nicholas, Robertson, Rowan 2015
  Palmer II, R.J. D Winchester 28 Bath, Bourbon, Clark, Harrison, Montgomery, Nicholas 2001 (1991-01)
  Turner, Johnny Ray D Drift 29 Breathitt, Floyd, Knott, Letcher 2001
  Smith, Brandon R Hazard 30 Bell, Harlan, Leslie, Perry 2008 (2001–08)
  Jones II, Ray S. D Pikeville 31 Johnson, Martin, Pike 2001
  Wilson, Mike R Bowling Green 32 Butler, Warren February 2011 Education
  Neal, Gerald A. D Louisville 33 Jefferson 1989
  Carpenter, Jared R Berea 34 Lincoln, Madison, Rockcastle 2011 Natural Resources and Energy
  Harper Angel, Denise D Louisville 35 Jefferson 2005
  Denton, Julie R Louisville 36 Jefferson 1995 Health & Welfare
  Clark, Perry B. D Louisville 37 Jefferson 2006 (1995-06)
  Seum, Dan "Malano" R Louisville 38 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.[3]

See also


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