Kentucky House of Representatives
Kentucky General Assembly
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Term limits
New session started
January 5, 2021
David Osborne (R)
since January 8, 2019
Speaker Pro Tempore
David Meade (R)
since January 8, 2019
Majority Leader
Steven Rudy (R)
since January 5, 2021
Minority Leader
Joni Jenkins (D)
since December 20, 2019
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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
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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 in January 1922, and was the first woman elected to a Southern state legislature.[2]

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

Powers and legislative process

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


Current composition

Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Republican Democratic Vacant
Previous Legislature (2015-2016) 47 53 100 0
Previous Legislature (2017-2018) 63 37 100 0
Previous Legislature (2019-2020) 61 39 100 0
Begin 2021 75 25 100 0
Latest voting share 75% 25%

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.


Position Name Party Residence District
Speaker of the House David Osborne Republican Prospect 59
Speaker Pro Tempore David Meade Republican Stanford 80
Majority Floor Leader Steven Rudy Republican Paducah 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

District Name Party Since Residence Counties represented
1 Steven Rudy Republican 2005 Paducah Ballard, Carlisle, Fulton, Hickman, McCracken
2 Richard Heath Republican 2012 Mayfield Graves, McCracken
3 Randy Bridges Republican 2019 Paducah McCracken
4 Lynn Bechler Republican 2013 Marion Caldwell, Christian, Crittenden, Livingston
5 Mary Beth Imes Republican 2021 Murray Calloway, Trigg
6 Chris Freeland Republican 2019 Benton Lyon, Marshall, McCracken
7 Suzanne Miles Republican 2014 Owensboro Daviess, Henderson, Union
8 Walker Thomas Republican 2017 Hopkinsville Daviess, Trigg
9 Myron Dossett Republican 2007 Pembroke Christian, Hopkins
10 Josh Calloway Republican 2021 Irvington Breckinridge, Hancock, Hardin
11 Jonathan Dixon Republican 2021 Corydon Daviess, Henderson
12 Jim Gooch Republican 1995 Providence Daviess, Hopkins, McLean, Webster
13 DJ Johnson Republican 2021 Owensboro Daviess
14 Scott Lewis Republican 2019 Hartford Daviess, Ohio
15 Melinda Gibbons Prunty Republican 2017 Belton Hopkins, Muhlenberg
16 Jason Petrie Republican 2017 Elkton Logan, Todd, Warren
17 Steve Sheldon Republican 2019 Bowling Green Butler, Warren
18 Samara Heavrin Republican 2019 Leitchfield Grayson, Hardin
19 Michael Meredith Republican 2011 Oakland Edmonson, Warren
20 Patti Minter Democratic 2019 Bowling Green Warren
21 Bart Rowland Republican 2012 Tompkinsville Hardin, Hart, Metcalfe, Monroe
22 Shawn McPherson Republican 2021 Scottsville Allen, Simpson, Warren
23 Steve Riley Republican 2017 Glasgow Barren, Warren
24 Brandon Reed Republican 2017 Hodgenville Green, LaRue, Marion
25 Jim DuPlessis Republican 2015 Elizabethtown Hardin
26 Russell Webber Republican 2013 Shepherdsville Bullitt, Hardin
27 Nancy Tate Republican 2019 Brandenburg Hardin, Meade
28 Charles Miller Democratic 1998 Louisville Jefferson
29 Kevin Bratcher Republican 1997 Louisville Jefferson
30 Tom Burch Democratic 1978 Louisville Jefferson
31 Josie Raymond Democratic 2019 Louisville Jefferson
32 Tina Bojanowski Democratic 2019 Louisville Jefferson
33 Jason Nemes Republican 2017 Louisville Jefferson, Oldham
34 Mary Lou Marzian Democratic 1995 Louisville Jefferson
35 Lisa Willner Democratic 2019 Louisville Jefferson
36 Jerry T. Miller Republican 2015 Louisville Jefferson, Oldham
37 Jeffery Donohue Democratic 2013 Fairdale Jefferson
38 McKenzie Cantrell Democratic 2017 Louisville Jefferson
39 Matt Lockett Republican 2021 Nicholasville Fayette, Jessamine
40 Nima Kulkarni Democratic 2019 Louisville Jefferson
41 Attica Scott Democratic 2017 Louisville Jefferson
42 Vacant since December 17, 2021. Jefferson
43 Pamela Stevenson Democratic 2021 Louisville Jefferson
44 Joni Jenkins Democratic 1995 Shively Jefferson
45 Killian Timoney Republican 2021 Lexington Fayette
46 Al Gentry Democratic 2017 Louisville Jefferson
47 Felicia Rabourn Republican 2021 Turners Station Carroll, Gallatin, Henry, Trimble
48 Ken Fleming Republican 2021 Louisville Jefferson, Oldham
49 Thomas Huff Republican 2019 Shepherdsville Bullitt
50 Chad McCoy Republican 2017 Bardstown Nelson
51 Michael Pollock Republican 2021 Campbellsville Adair, Taylor
52 Ken Upchurch Republican 2013 Monticello McCreary, Pulaski, Wayne
53 James Tipton Republican 2015 Taylorsville Anderson, Bullitt, Spencer
54 Daniel Elliott Republican 2016 Danville Boyle, Casey
55 Kim King Republican 2011 Harrodsburg Jessamine, Mercer, Washington
56 Daniel Fister Republican 2021 Versailles Fayette, Franklin, Woodford
57 Derrick Graham Democratic 2003 Frankfort Franklin
58 Jennifer Decker Republican 2021 Waddy Shelby
59 David Osborne Republican 2005 Prospect Oldham
60 Sal Santoro Republican 2007 Florence Boone
61 Savannah Maddox Republican 2019 Dry Ridge Boone, Grant, Kenton, Scott
62 Phillip Pratt Republican 2017 Georgetown Fayette, Owen, Scott
63 Kim Banta Republican 2019 Fort Mitchell Boone, Kenton
64 Kimberly Poore Moser Republican 2017 Taylor Mill Campbell, Kenton
65 Charles "Buddy" Wheatley Democratic 2019 Covington Kenton
66 C. Ed Massey Republican 2019 Hebron Boone
67 Rachel Roberts Democratic 2020 Newport Campbell
68 Joseph Fischer Republican 1999 Fort Thomas Campbell
69 Adam Koenig Republican 2007 Erlanger Boone, Kenton
70 William Lawrence Republican 2021 Maysville Bracken, Fleming, Mason, Robertson
71 Josh Bray Republican 2021 Mount Vernon Garrard, Madison, Rockcastle
72 Matthew Koch Republican 2019 Paris Bath, Bourbon, Fayette, Nicholas
73 Ryan Dotson Republican 2021 Winchester Clark, Madison
74 David Hale Republican 2015 Wellington Menifee, Montgomery, Powell
75 Kelly Flood Democratic 2009 Lexington Fayette
76 Ruth Ann Palumbo Democratic 1991 Lexington Fayette
77 George Brown Jr. Democratic 2015 Lexington Fayette
78 Mark Hart Republican 2017 Falmouth Harrison, Pendleton, Scott
79 Susan Westrom Democratic 1999 Lexington Fayette
80 David Meade Republican 2013 Stanford Lincoln, Pulaski
81 Deanna Frazier Republican 2019 Richmond Madison
82 Regina Bunch Republican 2012 Williamsburg Laurel, Whitley
83 Josh Branscum Republican 2021 Russell Springs Clinton, Cumberland, Pulaski, Russell
84 Chris Fugate Republican 2017 Chavies Harlan, Perry
85 Shane Baker Republican 2021 Somerset Laurel, Pulaski
86 Tom Smith Republican 2021 Corbin Knox, Laurel
87 Adam Bowling Republican 2019 Middlesboro Bell, Harlan
88 Cherlynn Stevenson Democratic 2019 Lexington Fayette
89 Timmy Truett Republican 2021 McKee Jackson, Laurel, Madison
90 Derek Lewis Republican 2019 London Daviess, Ohio
91 Billy Wesley Republican 2021 Jackson Breathitt, Estill, Lee, Madison, Owsley
92 John Blanton Republican 2017 Salyersville Knott, Magoffin, Pike
93 Norma Kirk-McCormick Republican 2021 Inez Martin, Pike
94 Angie Hatton Democratic 2017 Whitesburg Letcher, Pike
95 Ashley Tackett Laferty Democratic 2019 Martin Floyd, Pike
96 Patrick Flannery Republican 2021 Olive Hill Carter, Lawrence
97 Bobby McCool Republican 2019 Van Lear Johnson, Morgan, Wolfe
98 Danny Bentley Republican 2017 Russell Boyd, Greenup
99 Richard White Republican 2020 Morehead Elliott, Lewis, Rowan
100 Scott Sharp Republican 2021 Ashland Boyd

Past composition of the House of Representatives

Main article: Political party strength in Kentucky

See also


  1. ^ Ireland, Robert M. (2011). The Kentucky State Constitution. New York: Oxford University Press. pp. 63–64. ISBN 978-0-19-987781-2. OCLC 871172867.
  2. ^ Powers, James C. (1992). John E. Kleber (ed.). The Kentucky Encyclopedia. Lexington, Kentucky: The University Press of Kentucky. pp. 323–324. ISBN 0-8131-1772-0. Retrieved March 11, 2010.
  3. ^ Gerth, Joseph (November 8, 2015). "Ky. Dems guard against efforts to flip House". Courier-Journal. Retrieved January 6, 2016.
  4. ^ Warren, Michael (November 30, 2016). "Democrats Lose a Southern Holdout". The Weekly Standard. Retrieved December 14, 2016.

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