Meet Michael Meredith, the youngest Kentucky lawmaker since 1992

11/11/2010 07:35 PM

Michael Meredith first met his state representative, Dottie Sims, when he was on a field trip to the state Capitol with his class from Edmonson County High School about 10 years ago.

Last week, Meredith defeated Sims, a Democrat, by 16 percentage points with 8,368 votes to 6,051, according to unofficial results.

So Meredith, born in April 1985, will represent the 19th state House district covering Hart, Edmonson and LaRue counties when the General Assembly convenes in January.

And he becomes one of four 25-year-olds elected to the state legislature in the last 60 years. The other three were: Kenneth Imes of Calloway, who was 25 when he first joined the legislature in 1972 and served until 1978; Earl Rogers of Harlan County and John A. Sloan of Clinton County, both of whom served only in the 1952 General Assembly. (Thanks to the Legislative Research Commission for coming up with those names).

Those aren’t the youngest lawmakers ever elected. Jeff Buis, a Republican from Casey County, was elected at the age of 24 in 1992 and turned 25 in the beginning of his first session. He served two terms in the General Assembly.

Meredith works for the Bank of Edmonson County. He graduated from Western Kentucky University in 2007 and won a seat on the Brownsville City Council the following year.

Correction: The earlier version of this post and the initial interview erroneously left out Jeff Buis, a Republican from Casey County, who was elected in 1992 at the age of 24 and started his legislative career at 25.

- Ryan Alessi


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