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Kentucky State Senate
|Kentucky General Assembly|
House Of the Senate
New session started
|January 8, 2019|
President pro Tempore
David P. Givens(R)
since January 6, 2015
Length of term
|Authority||The Legislative Department, Section 29, Kentucky Constitution|
|Salary||$188.22/day + per diem|
| November 6, 2020 |
| November 3, 2022 |
|State Senate Chamber|
Kentucky State Capitol
|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.
According to Section 32 of the Kentucky Constitution, a state senator must:
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:
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
|Previous Legislature (2017-2018)||26||11||37||1|
|Previous Legislature (2019-2020)||28||10||38||0|
|Latest voting share||78.9%||21.1%||38||0|
|1||Jason Howell||Republican||2021||Murray||Calloway, Carlisle, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, Lyon, Trigg|
|2||Danny Carroll||Republican||2015||Paducah||Ballard, Carlisle, Marshall, McCracken|
|3||Whitney Westerfield||Republican||2013||Crofton||Christian, Logan, Todd|
|4||Robby Mills||Republican||2019||Henderson||Caldwell, Crittenden, Henderson, Livingston, Union, Webster|
|5||Stephen Meredith||Republican||2017||Leitchfield||Breckinridge, Edmonson, Grayson, Hart, LaRue, Meade|
|6||C. B. Embry||Republican||2015||Morgantown||Butler, Hopkins, Muhlenberg, Ohio|
|7||Adrienne Southworth||Republican||2021||Lawrenceburg||Anderson, Franklin, Gallatin, Owen, Woodford|
|8||Matt Castlen||Republican||2019||Owensboro||Daviess, Hancock, McLean|
|9||David P. Givens||Republican||2009||Greensburg||Allen, Barren, Green, Metcalfe, Monroe, Simpson|
|10||Dennis Parrett||Democratic||2011||Elizabethtown||Hardin, Jefferson|
|12||Alice Forgy Kerr||Republican||1999||Lexington||Fayette|
|14||Jimmy Higdon||Republican||2009||Lebanon||Casey, Jefferson, Marion, Nelson, Spencer|
|15||Rick Girdler||Republican||2017||Somerset||Boyle, Lincoln, Pulaski|
|16||Max Wise||Republican||2015||Campbellsville||Adair, Clinton, Cumberland, McCreary, Russell, Taylor, Wayne|
|17||Damon Thayer||Republican||2003||Georgetown||Grant, Kenton, Scott|
|18||Robin L. Webb||Democratic||2009||Grayson||Boyd, Carter, Greenup|
|20||Paul Hornback||Republican||2011||Shelbyville||Carroll, Henry, Jefferson, Shelby, Trimble|
|21||Brandon Storm||Republican||2021||London||Bath, Estill, Jackson, Laurel, Menifee, Powell|
|22||Tom Buford||Republican||1991||Nicholasville||Fayette, Garrard, Jessamine, Mercer, Washington|
|23||Christian McDaniel||Republican||2013||Taylor Mill||Kenton|
|24||Wil Schroder||Republican||2015||Wilder||Bracken, Campbell, Pendleton|
|25||Robert Stivers||Republican||1997||Manchester||Clay, Knox, Lee, Owsley, Whitley, Wolfe|
|26||Karen Berg||Democratic||2020||Louisville||Jefferson, Oldham|
|27||Steve West||Republican||2015||Paris||Bourbon, Fleming, Harrison, Lewis, Mason, Nicholas, Robertson, Rowan|
|28||Ralph Alvarado||Republican||2015||Winchester||Clark, Fayette, Montgomery|
|29||Johnnie Turner||Republican||2021||Harlan||Floyd, Harlan, Knott, Letcher|
|30||Brandon Smith||Republican||2008||Hazard||Bell, Breathitt, Johnson, Leslie, Magoffin, Perry|
|31||Phillip Wheeler||Republican||2019||Pikeville||Elliott, Lawrence, Martin, Morgan, Pike|
|32||Mike Wilson||Republican||2011||Bowling Green||Warren|
|34||Jared Carpenter||Republican||2011||Berea||Fayette, Madison, Rockcastle|
|35||Denise Harper Angel||Democratic||2005||Louisville||Jefferson|
|36||Julie Raque Adams||Republican||2015||Louisville||Jefferson|
|38||Mike Nemes||Republican||2006||Shepherdsville||Bullitt, Jefferson|
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.Gerald Neal became the first African-American to be elected to the Kentucky Senate in 1988. Gerald Neal also became the first African-American ever to be elected to a leadership position in the Kentucky General Assembly in 2014.
As of 16 July 2018 [update] .
|Agriculture||Paul Hornback (R-20)||Steve West (R-27)|
|Appropriations and Revenue||Christian McDaniel (R-23)||Stan Humphries (R-1)|
|Banking and Insurance||Tom Buford (R-22)||Jared Carpenter (R-34)|
|Economic Development and Tourism||Alice Forgy Kerr (R-12)||Rick Girdler (R-15)|
|Education||Max Wise (R-16)||Steve West (R-27)|
|Health and Welfare||Julie Raque Adams (R-36)||Ralph Alvarado (R-28)|
|Judiciary||Whitney Westerfield (R-3)||Wil Schroder (R-24)|
|Licensing, Occupations||John Schickel (R-11)||Paul Hornback (R-20)|
|Natural Resources and Environment||Jared Carpenter (R-24)||Brandon Smith (R-30)|
|State Government||Joe Bowen (R-8)||Stan Humphries (R-1)|
|Transportation||Ernie Harris (R-26)||Brandon Smith (R-30)|
|Veterans, Military Affairs, and Public Protection||Albert Robinson (R-21)||C. B. Embry Jr. (R-6)|
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