Kentucky Senate

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Kentucky State Senate
Kentucky General Assembly
Seal of Kentucky.svg
House Of the Senate
Term limits
New session started
January 8, 2019
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
Morgan McGarvey (D)
since January 8, 2019
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Political groups
  •    Republican (30)


Length of term
4 years
AuthorityThe Legislative Department, Section 29, Kentucky Constitution
Salary$188.22/day + per diem
Last election
November 6, 2020
(19 seats)
Next election
November 3, 2022
(19 seats)
RedistrictingLegislative Control
Meeting place
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State Senate Chamber
Kentucky State Capitol
Frankfort, 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:

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)
Republican Democratic Vacant
Previous Legislature (2017-2018)2611371
Previous Legislature (2019-2020)2810380
Begin 2021308380
Latest voting share380

List of current Senators

DistrictSenatorPartySinceResidenceCounties represented
1Jason HowellRepublican2021 Murray Calloway, Carlisle, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, Lyon, Trigg
2 Danny Carroll Republican2015 Paducah Ballard, Carlisle, Marshall, McCracken
3 Whitney Westerfield Republican2013 Crofton Christian, Logan, Todd
4 Robby Mills Republican2019 Henderson Caldwell, Crittenden, Henderson, Livingston, Union, Webster
5Stephen MeredithRepublican2017 Leitchfield Breckinridge, Edmonson, Grayson, Hart, LaRue, Meade
6 C. B. Embry Republican2015 Morgantown Butler, Hopkins, Muhlenberg, Ohio
7Adrienne SouthworthRepublican2021 Lawrenceburg Anderson, Franklin, Gallatin, Owen, Woodford
8 Matt Castlen Republican2019 Owensboro Daviess, Hancock, McLean
9 David P. Givens Republican2009 Greensburg Allen, Barren, Green, Metcalfe, Monroe, Simpson
10 Dennis Parrett Democratic2011 Elizabethtown Hardin, Jefferson
11 John Schickel Republican2009 Union Boone
12 Alice Forgy Kerr Republican1999 Lexington Fayette
13 Reggie Thomas Democratic2014 Lexington Fayette
14 Jimmy Higdon Republican2009 Lebanon Casey, Jefferson, Marion, Nelson, Spencer
15 Rick Girdler Republican2017 Somerset Boyle, Lincoln, Pulaski
16Max WiseRepublican2015 Campbellsville Adair, Clinton, Cumberland, McCreary, Russell, Taylor, Wayne
17 Damon Thayer Republican2003 Georgetown Grant, Kenton, Scott
18 Robin L. Webb Democratic2009 Grayson Boyd, Carter, Greenup
19 Morgan McGarvey Democratic2012 Louisville Jefferson
20 Paul Hornback Republican2011 Shelbyville Carroll, Henry, Jefferson, Shelby, Trimble
21Brandon StormRepublican2021 London Bath, Estill, Jackson, Laurel, Menifee, Powell
22 Tom Buford Republican1991 Nicholasville Fayette, Garrard, Jessamine, Mercer, Washington
23 Christian McDaniel Republican2013 Taylor Mill Kenton
24 Wil Schroder Republican2015 Wilder Bracken, Campbell, Pendleton
25 Robert Stivers Republican1997 Manchester Clay, Knox, Lee, Owsley, Whitley, Wolfe
26 Karen Berg Democratic2020 Louisville Jefferson, Oldham
27Steve WestRepublican2015 Paris Bourbon, Fleming, Harrison, Lewis, Mason, Nicholas, Robertson, Rowan
28 Ralph Alvarado Republican2015 Winchester Clark, Fayette, Montgomery
29Johnnie TurnerRepublican2021 Harlan Floyd, Harlan, Knott, Letcher
30 Brandon Smith Republican2008 Hazard Bell, Breathitt, Johnson, Leslie, Magoffin, Perry
31Phillip WheelerRepublican2019 Pikeville Elliott, Lawrence, Martin, Morgan, Pike
32 Mike Wilson Republican2011 Bowling Green Warren
33 Gerald Neal Democratic1989 Louisville Jefferson
34 Jared Carpenter Republican2011 Berea Fayette, Madison, Rockcastle
35 Denise Harper Angel Democratic2005 Louisville Jefferson
36 Julie Raque Adams Republican2015 Louisville Jefferson
37David YatesDemocratic2021 Louisville Jefferson
38 Mike Nemes Republican2006 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. [2] 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. [3]

    Standing Committees

    As of 16 July 2018. [4]

    CommitteeChairVice Chair
    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)

    Past composition of the Senate

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