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Senate Democratic Caucus elects Parrett to replace Carroll as minority whip

By Tom Latek
Kentucky Today

Senate Democrats elected Dennis Parrett, D-Elizabethtown, as minority whip on Wednesday.

Parrett, 57, serves on the Senate Agriculture Committee as well as the Appropriations and Revenue Committee and the Banking and Insurance Committee.

In the leadership role, Parrett will work closely with his Democratic colleagues in the Senate on legislation that’s coming up for votes.

Sen. Dennis Parrett, shown here speaking during a committee hearing, has been elected minority whip by his colleagues. (LRC Public Information Photo)

Co-owner of Cecilia Farm Service, Parrett is a graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture.

He replaces Sen. Julian Carroll, D-Frankfort, who was voted out of the position by his colleagues earlier this month after he was accused of sexual harassment.

Carroll said the accusation is “ridiculous.”

“It did not happen,” Carroll told a reporter with a Spectrum cable news show in his only public comment about the accusation.

The 85-year old Carroll has been a longtime figure in Kentucky politics. He served in the Kentucky House from 1962 to 1971, the last three as speaker. He was lieutenant governor from 1972 to 1975 and governor from 1975 to 79. He has been in the State Senate since 2005.

Although Senate Democrats asked Carroll to resign his seat, he has declined to do so.

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