After keeping order in the state Senate, Sen. Stine adjourns her 20-year legislative career

04/20/2014 10:36 PM

Former Senate President David Williams might have had the reputation for ruling the Senate with a tight grip, but he had nothing on Sen. Katie Stine when it came to keeping order in the chamber.

Stine, who served as Senate president pro tem for the last nine years, often held the president’s gavel during Williams’ tenure as president while Williams was strategizing or making floor speeches. She has done the same for Senate President Robert Stivers. And in doing so, she developed a reputation among her colleagues for “the stare” often followed by an admonishment to knock off the chatter and pay attention.

Stine, a Southgate Republicans, became the first woman to serve as Senate president pro tem. And during her 20-year career in the House and Senate, Stine consistently pushed for restrictions on abortion, education changes and, most recently, for a bill to combat heroin.

Senate Bill 5, known as the heroin bill failed in the House as time ran out on the last night of the session before it could be voted on.

While it represented Stine’s last chance to see her heroin bill become law, she looks back on her 20 year career in the General Assembly as time where she tried to represent her beliefs as well as those of her conservative constituents in Northern Kentucky.

(This is the ninth in a series of the 10 lawmakers who are not seeking re-election or are running for offices this fall outside of the legislature.)


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