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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.



President (elected by full body): David L. Williams (R-16)

President pro tempore (elected by full body): Katie Kratz Stine (R-24)

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

Current party leadership of the Kentucky Senate:

  • Republican Party
    • Leader: Dan Kelly (R-14)
    • Whip: Carroll Gibson (R-5)
    • Caucus chair: Dan Seum (R-38)
  • Democratic Party
    • Leader: Ed Worley (D-34)
    • Whip: Jerry Rhoads (D-6)
    • Caucus chair: Johnny Ray Turner (D-29)


Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Republican Independent Democratic Vacant
End of previous legislature 22 1 14 37 1
Begin[1] 21 1 15 37 1
February 17, 2009[2] 16 38 0
July 15, 2009[3] 20 37 1
August 31, 2009[4] 17 38 0
October 26, 2009[5] 19 37 1
December 8, 2009[6] 20 38 0
Latest voting share 55.3% 44.7%

List of Current Senators

Senator Party Hometown District Counties in Senate District Since Committee Chair
  Kenneth W. Winters R Murray 1 Calloway, Carlisle, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, Lyon, Trigg 2005 Education
  Bob Leeper I Paducah 2 Ballard, McCracken, Marshall 1991 Appropriations
  Joey Pendleton D Hopkinsville 3 Christian, Logan, Todd 1993
  Dorsey Ridley D Princeton 4 Caldwell, Crittenden, Henderson, Livingston, Union, Webster 2004
  Carroll Gibson R Leitchfield 5 Breckinridge, Grayson, Hancock, Hart, Larue, Meade 2005
  Jerry Rhoads D Madisonville 6 Hopkins, Muhlenberg, Ohio 2003
  Julian Carroll D Frankfort 7 Anderson, Fayette, Franklin, Woodford 2005
  David Boswell D Owensboro 8 Daviess, McLean 1991
  David Givens R Greensburg 9 Allen, Barren, Edmonson, Green, Metcalfe, Simpson 2009 Agriculture
  Elizabeth Tori R Radcliff 10 Hardin, Jefferson 1995 Enrollment; Veterans, Military Affairs & Public Protection
  John Schickel R Union 11 Boone, Gallatin, Kenton 2009
  Alice Forgy Kerr R Lexington 12 Fayette 1999 Tourism & Labor
  Kathy Stein D Lexington 13 Fayette 2009
  Jimmy Higdon R Lebanon 14 Marion, Mercer, Nelson, Taylor, Washington 2009
  Vernie McGaha R Russell Springs 15 Adair, Casey, Pulaski, Russell 1997
  David L. Williams R Burkesville 16 Clinton, Cumberland, McCreary, Monroe, Wayne, Whitley 1987 Committees, Rules
  Damon Thayer R Georgetown 17 Grant, Kenton, Owen, Scott 2003 State & Local Governments
  Robin L. Webb D Grayson 18 Bracken, Carter, Greenup, Lewis, Mason, Robertson Aug. 2009
  Tim Shaughnessy D Louisville 19 Jefferson 1989
  Gary Tapp R Shelbyville 20 Bullitt, Shelby, Spencer 2003 (1992-02) Licensing, Occupations & Administrative Regulations
  Tom Jensen R London 21 Estil, Jackson, Laurel, Menifee, Powell 2005 (1989-96) Natural Resources & Energy
  Tom Buford R Nicholasville 22 Boyle, Fayette, Garrard, Jessamine 1991 Banking & Insurance
  Jack Westwood R Erlanger 23 Kenton 1997 Finance & Public Protection
  Katie Kratz Stine R Southgate 24 Campbell, Pendleton 1999 (1995-98)
  Robert Stivers R Manchester 25 Clay, Knox, Lee, Magoffin, Morgan, Owsley, Wolfe 1997 Judiciary
  Ernie Harris R Crestwood 26 Carroll, Henry, Jefferson, Oldham, Trimble 1995 Transportation
  Walter Blevins D West Liberty 27 Boyd, Elliot, Fleming, Lawrence, Rowan 1992 (1982-92)
  R.J. Palmer D Winchester 28 Bath, Bourbon, Clark, Harrison, Montgomery, Nicholas 2001 (1991-01)
  Johnny Ray Turner D Drift 29 Breathitt, Floyd, Knott, Letcher 2001
  Brandon Smith R Hazard 30 Bell, Harlan, Leslie, Perry 2008 (2001-08)
  Ray S. Jones D Pikeville 31 Johnson, Martin, Pike 2001
  Mike Reynolds D Bowling Green 32 Butler, Warren Feb. 2009
  Gerald A. Neal D Louisville 33 Jefferson 1989
  Ed Worley D Richmond 34 Lincoln, Madison, Rockcastle 1999
  Denise Harper Angel D Louisville 35 Jefferson 2005
  Julie Denton R Louisville 36 Jefferson 1995 Health & Welfare
  Perry B. Clark D Louisville 37 Jefferson 2006 (1995-06)
  Dan Seum R Fairdale 38 Jefferson 1995 (1982-88, 1989-92)


  1. ^ Republican Brett Guthrie (D-32) resigned before the beginning of the legislature to assume office as a United States Representative.
  2. ^ Democrat Mike Reynolds was sworn in to succeed Guthrie.
  3. ^ Republican Charlie Borders (D-18) resigned after being appointed to State Public Service Commission.
  4. ^ Democrat Robin Webb was sworn in to succeed Borders.
  5. ^ Republican Dan Kelly (D-14) resigned after being appointed to a state circuit court judgeship.
  6. ^ Republican Jimmy Higdon (D-14) elected in a special election for the remainder of Kelly's term.

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