FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) - The Senate Republican Caucus has selected committee chairs for the next two years and a half dozen new faces will be at the helm.
Sen. Ralph Alvarado, R-Winchester, has been named the new chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Health & Welfare. The Committee’s former chairwoman, Senator Julie Raque Adams (R-Louisville), relinquished her chairmanship when she was elected to Senate Leadership earlier this month as the Majority Caucus Chair.
Sen. Jared Carpenter, R-Berea, has been named the new chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Banking & Insurance, replacing Tom Buford of Nicholasville.
Sen. Brandon Smith, R-Hazard, has been named the new chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Natural Resources & Energy.
Sen. Wil Schroder, R-Wilder, has been named the new chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on State and Local Government. Current chair Joe Bowen, R-Owensboro, did not seek reelection this year.
Sen. Danny Carroll, R-Paducah, has been named the new chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Economic Development, Tourism, and Labor. He replaces Sen. Alice Forgy Kerr of Lexington.
A newcomer to the chamber, Senator-elect Robby Mills, R-Henderson, has been named the new chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Enrollment, replacing Schroder.
The committees where the chairs are unchanged include:
--Agriculture: Sen. Paul Hornback, R-Shelbyville
--Appropriations & Revenue: Sen. Chris McDaniel, R-Taylor Mill
--Committee on Committees: Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester
--Education: Sen. Max Wise, R-Campbellsville
--Judiciary: Sen. Whitney Westerfield, R-Crofton
--Licensing, Occupations, & Administrative Regulations: Sen. John Schickel, R-Union
--Transportation: Sen. Ernie Harris, R-Prospect
--Veterans, Military Affairs, & Public Protection: Sen. Albert Robinson, R-London
The Senate Committee on Committees will officially confirm these new chairmanships, when lawmakers convene for the Organizational Session on Jan. 8 in Frankfort.