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Jeff Hoover captures caucus vote, will become first GOP Speaker of the House since 1921

The new 64 member House Republican super majority met in Frankfort Thursday and unanimously selected Jeff Hoover of Jamestown as Speaker-Elect.

Hoover’s selection as Speaker when the House convenes in January was assured due to Republicans holding a super majority. Before Tuesday’s election, the GOP held 47 of the 100 seats.

Republicans gained control of the House for the first time since 1921. The Kentucky House of Representatives had been the last state legislative body held by Democrats in the South.

Jeff Hoover

Jeff Hoover

“I want to thank my fellow caucus members for their continued support and the confidence they have placed in me to lead this group,” said Rep. Hoover, R-Jamestown. “I am truly humbled and honored to be the first Republican Speaker in nearly 100 years.

“Kentuckians spoke loudly and clearly on Election Day of their strong desire for a new direction for the Commonwealth. As Speaker, I intend to deliver the changes that our citizens demand and deserve. Kentucky needs a new tone that leads to a better direction, and as Speaker that will be my main priority.”

Hoover, recently elected to his 11th term, has served as the top Republican Leader since 2001, and will officially be elected Speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives on Jan. 3, 2017. Following his record eighth-term election to House Republican Floor Leader last year, he is the longest serving Republican Floor Leader in Kentucky’s history.

Hoover stands to continue a long family history of service to Kentucky as both his father and mother were elected to the same district he serves, House District 83.

“I want to respect and honor the values and voices of every Kentuckian,” added Hoover. “As Speaker, I vow to bring a bipartisan approach to governing to ensure every Kentuckian has a voice. We have an incredible opportunity to maximize the great potential that exists in the Commonwealth, from job creation, to strong education priorities, to open and transparent government that is accountable to its citizens. My priorities will fully represent the voices of the Commonwealth.”

The GOP now controls the Governor’s Office and state Senate (27-11) for the first time. The Republican election sweep on Tuesday also cost long-time Democratic Speaker Greg Stumbo his seat in Eastern Kentucky.

Staff report


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