Kentucky House of Representatives

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Kentucky House of Representatives
Kentucky General Assembly
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Term limits
New session started
January 5,2021
David Osborne (R)
since November 5, 2017
Speaker pro Tempore
David Meade (R)
since January 8, 2019
Majority Leader
Steven Rudy (R)
since January 5, 2019
Minority Leader
Joni Jenkins (D)
since December 20, 2019
Political groups
  •    Republican (75)


Length of term
2 years
AuthorityThe Legislative Department, Section 29, Kentucky Constitution
Salary$186.73/day + per diem
Last election
November 3, 2020
(100 seats)
Next election
November 7, 2022
(100 seats)
RedistrictingLegislative Control
Meeting place
Kentucky House of Representatives chamber.jpg
House of Representatives Chamber
Kentucky State Capitol
Frankfort, Kentucky
Kentucky Legislative Research Commission

The Kentucky House of Representatives is the lower house of the Kentucky General Assembly. It is composed of 100 Representatives elected from single-member districts throughout the Commonwealth. Not more than two counties can be joined to form a House district, except when necessary to preserve the principle of equal representation. [1] Representatives are elected to two-year terms with no term limits. The Kentucky House of Representatives convenes at the State Capitol in Frankfort.



The first meeting of the Kentucky House of Representatives was in Lexington, Kentucky, in 1792, shortly after statehood. During the first legislative session, legislators chose Frankfort, Kentucky to be the permanent state capital.

After women gained suffrage in Kentucky, Mary Elliott Flanery was elected as the first female member of the Kentucky House of Representative. She took her seat January 1922 and was the first female legislator elected south of the Mason–Dixon line. [2]

In 2017, the Republican party became the majority party in the House. [3] [4]

Powers and legislative process

Section 47 of the Kentucky Constitution stipulates that all bills for raising revenue must originate in the House of Representatives.


Current composition

(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Republican Democratic Vacant
End of previous legislature61391000
Begin 201764361000
End 201863371000
Begin 201961391000
September 201961381001
Latest voting share

Terms and qualifications

According to Section 32 of the Kentucky Constitution, a state representative must: be a citizen of Kentucky, be at least 24 years old at the time of election, have resided in the state at least 2 years and the district at least 1 year prior to election. Per section 30 of the Kentucky Constitution, representatives are elected every two years in the November following a regular session of the General Assembly.


The Speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives is the chief presiding officer of the Kentucky House. The Speaker's official duties include maintaining order in the House, recognizing members during debate, appointing committee chairs and determining the composition of committees, and determining which committee has jurisdiction over which bill. Traditionally, the Speaker has also served as Chair of the Rules Committee and the Committee on Committees.

When the Speaker is absent from the floor or otherwise unavailable, the Speaker pro tempore fills in as the chief presiding officer of the House.

In addition to the Speaker and Speaker pro tem, each party caucus elects a floor leader, a whip, and caucus chair.

Leaders [5]

Speaker of the House David Osborne Republican Prospect 59
Speaker Pro Tempore David Meade Republican Stanford 80
Majority Floor Leader James "Bam" Carney Republican Paduch 1
Majority Whip Chad McCoy Republican Bardstown 50
Majority Caucus Chair Suzanne Miles Republican Owensboro 7
Minority Floor Leader Joni Jenkins Democratic Shively 44
Minority Whip Angie Hatton Democratic Whitesburg 94
Minority Caucus Chair Derrick Graham Democratic Frankfort 57

List of current representatives

DistrictSenatorPartySinceResidenceCounties represented
1 Steven Rudy Republican2005 Paducah Ballard, Carlisle, Fulton, Hickman, McCracken
2 Richard Heath Republican2012 Mayfield Graves, McCracken
3 Randy Bridges Republican2019 Paducah McCracken
4 Lynn Bechler Republican2013 Marion Caldwell, Christian, Crittenden, Livingston
5Mary Beth ImesRepublican2021 Murray Calloway, Trigg
6 Chris Freeland Republican2019 Benton Lyon, Marshall, McCracken
7 Suzanne Miles Republican2014 Owensboro Daviess, Henderson, Union
8 Walker Thomas Republican2017 Hopkinsville Daviess, Trigg
9 Myron Dossett Republican2007 Pembroke Christian, Hopkins
10Josh CallowayRepublican2021 Irvington Breckinridge, Hancock, Hardin
11Jonathan DixonRepublican2021 Corydon Daviess, Henderson
12 Jim Gooch Republican1995 Providence Daviess, Hopkins, McLean, Webster
13 DJ Johnson Republican2021 Owensboro Daviess
14 Scott Lewis Republican2019 Hartford Daviess, Ohio
15 Melinda Gibbons Prunty Republican2017 Belton Hopkins, Muhlenberg
16 Jason Petrie Republican2017 Elkton Logan, Todd, Warren
17 Steve Sheldon Republican2019 Bowling Green Butler, Warren
18 Samara Heavrin Republican2019 Leitchfield Grayson, Hardin
19 Michael Meredith Republican2011 Oakland Edmonson, Warren
20 Patti Minter Democratic2019 Bowling Green Warren
21 Bart Rowland Republican2012 Tompkinsville Hardin, Hart, Metcalfe, Monroe
22Scott McPhersonRepublican2021 Scottsville Allen, Simpson, Warren
23 Steve Riley Republican2017 Glasgow Barren, Warren
24 Brandon Reed Republican2017 Hodgenville Green, LaRue, Marion
25 Jim DuPlessis Republican2015 Elizabethtown Hardin
26 Russell Webber Republican2013 Shepherdsville Bullitt, Hardin
27 Nancy Tate Republican2019 Brandenburg Hardin, Meade
28 Charles Miller Democratic1998 Louisville Jefferson
29 Kevin Bratcher Republican1997 Louisville Jefferson
30 Tom Burch Democratic1978 Louisville Jefferson
31 Josie Raymond Democratic2019 Louisville Jefferson
32 Tina Bojanowski Democratic2019 Louisville Jefferson
33 Jason Nemes Republican2017 Louisville Jefferson, Oldham
34 Mary Lou Marzian Democratic1994 Louisville Jefferson
35 Lisa Willner Democratic2019 Louisville Jefferson
36 Jerry T. Miller Republican2015 Louisville Jefferson, Oldham
37 Jeffery Donohue Democratic2013 Fairdale Jefferson
38 McKenzie Cantrell Democratic2017 Louisville Jefferson
39Matt LockettRepublican2021 Nicholasville Fayette, Jessamine
40 Nima Kulkarni Democratic2019 Louisville Jefferson
41 Attica Scott Democratic2017 Louisville Jefferson
42 Reginald Meeks Democratic2001 Louisville Jefferson
43Pamela StevensonDemocratic2021 Louisville Jefferson
44 Joni Jenkins Democratic1995 Shively Jefferson
45Killian TimoneyRepublican2021 Lexington Fayette
46Al GentryDemocratic2017 Louisville Jefferson
47Felicia RabournRepublican2021 Turners Station Carroll, Gallatin, Henry, Trimble
48Ken FlemingRepublican2021 Louisville Jefferson, Oldham
49Thomas HuffRepublican2019 Shepherdsville Bullitt
50Chad McCoyRepublican2017 Bardstown Nelson
51 John "Bam" Carney Republican2009 Campbellsville Adair, Taylor
52 Ken Upchurch Republican2013 Monticello McCreary, Pulaski, Wayne
53James TiptonRepublican2015 Taylorsville Anderson, Bullitt, Spencer
54Daniel ElliottRepublican2016 Danville Boyle, Casey
55 Kim King Republican2011 Harrodsburg Jessamine, Mercer, Washington
56Daniel FisterRepublican2021 Versailles Fayette, Franklin, Woodford
57 Derrick Graham Democratic2003 Frankfort Franklin
58 Jennifer Decker Republican2021 Waddy Shelby
59 David Osborne Republican2005 Prospect Oldham
60 Sal Santoro Republican2007 Florence Boone
61Savannah MaddoxRepublican2019 Dry Ridge Boone, Grant, Kenton, Scott
62Phillip PrattRepublican2017 Georgetown Fayette, Owen, Scott
63Kim BantaRepublican2019 Fort Mitchell Boone, Kenton
64 Kimberly Poore Moser Republican2017 Taylor Mill Campbell, Kenton
65Buddy WheatleyDemocratic2019 Covington Kenton
66C. Ed MasseyRepublican2019 Hebron Boone
67Rachel RobertsDemocratic2020 Newport Campbell
68 Joseph Fischer Republican1999 Fort Thomas Campbell
69 Adam Koenig Republican2007 Erlanger Boone, Kenton
70William Lawerence Republican2021 Maysville Bracken, Fleming, Mason, Robertson
71 Josh Bray Republican2021 Mount Vernon Garrard, Madison, Rockcastle
72Matthew KochRepublican2019 Paris Bath, Bourbon, Fayette, Nicholas
73Ryan DotsonRepublican2021 Winchester Clark, Madison
74David HaleRepublican2015 Wellington Menifee, Montgomery, Powell
75 Kelly Flood Democratic2009 Lexington Fayette
76 Ruth Ann Palumbo Democratic1991 Lexington Fayette
77George Brown JrDemocratic2015 Lexington Fayette
78Mark HartRepublican2017 Falmouth Harrison, Pendleton, Scott
79 Susan Westrom Democratic1999 Lexington Fayette
80 David Meade Republican2013 Stanford Lincoln, Pulaski
81 Deanna Frazier Republican2019 Richmond Madison
82Regina HuffRepublican2012 Williamsburg Laurel, Whitley
83Josh BranscumRepublican2021 Russell Springs Clinton, Cumberland, Pulaski, Russell
84 Chris Fugate Republican2017 Chavies Harlan, Perry
85Shane BakerRepublican2021 Somerset Laurel, Pulaski
86Tom SmithRepublican2021 Corbin Knox, Laurel
87Adam BowlingRepublican2019 Middlesboro Bell, Harlan
88Cherlynn StevensonDemocratic2019 Lexington Fayette
89 Robert Goforth Republican2018 East Bernstadt Jackson, Laurel, Madison
90 Derek Lewis Republican2019 London Daviess, Ohio
91Bill WesleyRepublican2021 Jackson Breathitt, Estill, Lee, Madison, Owsley
92John BlantonRepublican2017 Salyersville Knott, Magoffin, Pike
93Norma Kirk-McCormickRepublican2021 Inez Martin, Pike
94 Angie Hatton Democratic2017 Whitesburg Letcher, Pike
95Ashley Tackett LafertyDemocratic2019 Martin Floyd, Pike
96Patrick FlanneryRepublican2021 Olive Hill Carter, Lawrence
97Bobby McCoolRepublican2019 Van Lear Johnson, Morgan, Wolfe
98Danny BentleyRepublican2017 Russell Boyd, Greenup
99Richard WhiteRepublican2020 Morehead Elliott, Lewis, Rowan
100 Scott Sharp Republican2021 Ashland Boyd

Past composition of the House of Representatives

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