Length of term
4 years Authority The Legislative Department, Section 29, Kentucky Constitution Salary $186.73/day + per diem Elections
Last election
November 8, 2016
(19 seats)
Next election
November 6, 2018
(19 seats) Redistricting Legislative Control Meeting place Kentucky Senate chamber.jpg State Senate Chamber
Kentucky State Capitol
Frankfort, Kentucky Website 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:

  • 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.


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

Current party leadership of the Kentucky Senate:


Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Republican Democratic Vacant
End of previous legislature 27 11 38 0
Begin 2017 Session 27 11 38
Latest voting share 71.05% 28.95%

List of current Senators

As of 23 July 2017:[2]

Senator Party Hometown District Counties in Senate District Since Committee Chair
Humphries, Stan R Cadiz 1 Calloway, Carlisle, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, Lyon, Trigg 2013
Carroll, Danny R Paducah 2 Ballard, McCracken, Marshall 2015
Westerfield, Whitney R Hopkinsville 3 Christian, Logan, Todd 2013 Judiciary
Ridley, Dorsey D Princeton 4 Caldwell, Crittenden, Henderson, Livingston, Union, Webster 2004
Meredith, Stephen R Leitchfield 5 Breckinridge, Grayson, Hancock, Hart, LaRue, Meade 2016
Embry, C.B. Jr. R Morgantown 6 Hopkins, Muhlenberg, Ohio 2015
Carroll, Julian M. D Frankfort 7 Anderson, Fayette, Franklin, Woodford 2005
Bowen, Joe R Sorgho 8 Daviess, McLean 2011 State & Local Government
Givens, David P. R Greensburg 9 Allen, Barren, Edmonson, Green, Metcalfe, Simpson 2009
Parrett, Dennis D Elizabethtown 10 Hardin, Jefferson 2011
Schickel, John R Union 11 Boone, Gallatin, Kenton 2009 Licensing, Occupations, and Administrative Regulations
Kerr, Alice Forgy R Lexington 12 Fayette 1999 Economic Development, Tourism & Labor
Thomas, Reginald D Lexington 13 Fayette 2013
Higdon, Jimmy R Lebanon 14 Marion, Mercer, Nelson, Taylor, Washington 2009 Veterans, Military Affairs & Public Protection
Girdler, Rick R Somerset 15 Adair, Casey, Pulaski, Russell 2017 Capital Projects
Wise, Max R Campbellsville 16 Clinton, Cumberland, McCreary, Monroe, Wayne, Whitley 2015
Thayer, Damon R Georgetown 17 Grant, Kenton, Owen, Scott 2003
Webb, Robin L. D Grayson 18 Bracken, Carter, Greenup, Lewis, Mason, Robertson August 2009
McGarvey, Morgan D Louisville 19 Jefferson 2013
Hornback, Paul R Shelbyville 20 Bullitt, Shelby, Spencer 2011 Agriculture
Robinson, Albert R London 21 Estil, Jackson, Laurel, Menifee, Powell 2005 (1989–96)
Buford, Tom R Nicholasville 22 Boyle, Fayette, Garrard, Jessamine 1991 Banking & Insurance
McDaniel, Christian R Taylor Mill 23 Kenton 1997
Schroder, Wil R Wilder 24 Campbell, Pendleton 2015
Stivers II, Robert R Manchester 25 Clay, Knox, Lee, Magoffin, Morgan, Owsley, Wolfe 1997
Harris, Ernie R Crestwood 26 Carroll, Henry, Jefferson, Oldham, Trimble 1995 Transportation
West, Steve R Millersburg 27 Bourbon, Fleming, Harrison, Lewis, Mason, Nicholas, Robertson, Rowan 2015
Alvarado, Ralph R Winchester 28 Bath, Bourbon, Clark, Harrison, Montgomery, Nicholas 2015
Turner, Johnny Ray D Drift 29 Breathitt, Floyd, Knott, Letcher 2001
Smith, Brandon R Hazard 30 Bell, Harlan, Leslie, Perry 2008 (2001–08)
Jones II, Ray S. D Pikeville 31 Johnson, Martin, Pike 2001
Wilson, Mike R Bowling Green 32 Butler, Warren February 2011 Education
Neal, Gerald A. D Louisville 33 Jefferson 1989
Carpenter, Jared R Berea 34 Lincoln, Madison, Rockcastle 2011 Natural Resources and Energy
Harper Angel, Denise D Louisville 35 Jefferson 2005
Raque Adams, Julie R Louisville 36 Jefferson 2015 (2011-2015)
Clark, Perry B. D Louisville 37 Jefferson 2006 (1995-06)
Seum, Dan "Malano" R Louisville 38 Jefferson 1995 (1982–88, 1989–92)


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.[3]

Past composition of the Senate

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