6 new faces among committee chairs for Senate Republican Caucus

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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.

 

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