After 42 years in legislature Rep. Jody Richards will retire at the end of 2018

01/08/2018 11:07 AM

FRANKFORT — After serving in the House of Representatives since 1976 Rep. Jody Richards, D-Bowling Green, will retire his legislative career this year.

Richards served 14 years as Speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives, an unmatched record in the Commonwealth’s history, according to a news release announcing the retirement.

“It has been an unbelievable honor to represent the wonderful Bowling Green-Warren County community in the Kentucky General Assembly for more than 42 years,” Rep. Richards said. “I believe the secret of our success is that our local and state officials and our educational and business leaders have worked so well together to make this the best community anywhere. On a more personal note, I want to extend the warmest thanks to the voters of the 20th District for allowing me to represent them in state government for so long. It has meant the world to me.”

Western Kentucky University’s Mass Media and Technology Hall was officially renamed in honor of the long-time Representative last year. Richards began his career as a faculty member at Western Kentucky University, teaching for seven years and serving as the adviser to the College Heights Herald and Talisman student publications before winning the 20th District House seat in 1975.

Nick Storm

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