Hoover "uniquely qualified" to lead state House as speaker, Kentucky director of 501(c)(4) says

11/27/2016 08:00 AM

With a new leadership team set to take power in Kentucky’s House of Representatives, Americans for Prosperity Kentucky State Director Julia Crigler says Speaker-elect Jeff Hoover has “set a good tone” heading into next year’s 30-day legislative session.

Hoover, a Jamestown Republican and minority floor leader since 2001, was unopposed in his race for speaker during a Nov. 10 caucus meeting, and Republicans are set to elect the rest of their leadership team during a caucus retreat scheduled for Wednesday.

In a recent interview with Pure Politics, Crigler says she expects Hoover “to lead first” and that her 501(c )(4) group “is confident in his leadership ability.”

“He is very focused, laser-focused on the kind of policies that are going to create more opportunities for Kentuckians, and so we look forward to working with him in his leadership role as well as Senate President Stivers and the Governor’s Office,” Crigler said.

Based on her experience with Hoover, Crigler says she expects “substantive policy” to pass the House, which the GOP will control with a 64-36 supermajority.

“I think he is uniquely qualified to lead not just his caucus, but every representative in the state House,” she said.

Kevin Wheatley

Kevin Wheatley is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News and covers Kentucky politics and all the goings-on at the State Capitol. Kevin was born and raised in Frankfort so he grew up around politics and has always had the drive to follow the political process and hold lawmakers accountable. Before joining Spectrum News Kevin covered government and politics for The State Journal in Frankfort. You can watch Kevin’s work weeknights at 7:00 and 11:30 on Pure Politics, available exclusively on Spectrum News, HD Channels 403 and 715. You can reach him at kevin.wheatley@charter.com or 502-792-1135.

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