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Your Guide to the Kentucky State Senate 2017

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Welcome to the Kentucky Senate

A senator must be at least 30 years old, a citizen of Kentucky, and must have lived in the state at least six years immediately preceding an election. A senator must live in the district for at least one year prior to election. Senators are elected for four-year terms, with half the Senate elected every two years.


Senator Stivers Senator Givens
Senate President
Robert Stivers
Senate President Pro Tempore
David P. Givens
Senator Thayer Senator Seum Senator Higdon
Majority Floor Leader
Damon Thayer
Majority Caucus Chair
Dan Seum
Majority Whip
Jimmy Higdon
Senator Jones Senator Ridley Senator Carroll
Minority Floor Leader
Ray S. Jones II
Minority Caucus Chair
Dorsey Ridley
Minority Whip
Julian M. Carroll



Health & Welfare:

Appropriations & Revenue:

Budget Review Subcommittee on Human Resources:

Medicaid Oversight and Advisory Committee:



Shannon McCracken is a leader when it comes to supporting the needs of people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. After a decade of experience at the two largest SCL agencies in Kentucky, she made the decision to embrace a new opportunity and start her own company, Commonwealth Case Management. While in the field, Shannon has won numerous national awards and served in multiple leadership positions, most recently with the Kentucky Association of Private Providers (KAPP). From November 2009 - 2012, she served as the Vice-President of Public Policy for the KAPP Board of Directors and served as President from 2012-2015. In 2016, KAPP made a significant investment in its future and offered Shannon a full-time position as the State Executive Director. Being so involved has enabled Shannon to stay at the leading edge and have a great understanding of what it takes to support people with disabilities.

Shannon is a graduate of Western Kentucky University...wife to Tony, mom to Davis (19) & Caroline (17.)

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