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Updated September 15, 2004

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SESSION DATES

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RULES

  • New Rules are adopted at the beginning of each Session.

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LEGISLATIVE DISTRICTS

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TERMS AND QUALIFICATIONS

A STATE SENATOR must:

Senators are elected for four year terms, with half the Senate elected every two years.

A STATE REPRESENTATIVE must:

  • be at least 24 years old;
  • be a citizen of Kentucky;
  • have resided in the state at least 2 years and in the district at least 1 year prior to election.

Representatives are elected for two year terms in November following the regular session of the General Assembly. The entire House is elected at the same time.

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LEGISLATIVE LEADERSHIP

SENATE

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

  • The Speaker of the House and the Speaker Pro Tem are elected by the full membership of that body.

LEGISLATIVE PARTY LEADERS - SENATE AND HOUSE

  • Floor leaders, Caucus chairs and Whips - are selected by Democratic and Republican caucuses in both chambers during the organizational session. These members are responsible for seeing that the interests of their parties are well served.

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LEGISLATIVE SUPPORT STAFF

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