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Legislative Leaders Weigh In On Election Results

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Legislative leaders from both houses of Kentucky’s general assembly are reacting to election results this week. 

The 38 member Kentucky Senate saw an increase in GOP representation.  Senate President Robert Stivers said both voting logistics and changes in political philosophy are responsible for wins. “We do a good job at doing our political work and getting our people to vote, but it’s not that hard when you’re that red,” said Stivers.

When all the counting is completed, at least ten seats in the 100 member House are expected to switch from democrat to republican.  House Minority Floor Leader Joni Jenkins said public education, public health, and working families are core issues in her party. “Within our big tent party there’s a host of other issues that we can agree to disagree on.  But I think the republicans have done a very good job of tying all of us together,” noted Jenkins.

Senate President Stivers said his chamber is likely to stay in GOP hands for the next decade.  Jenkins said it will be interesting to see how more diverse thinking within Republican membership will play out in the 2021 legislative session.

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