New state Senate map creates three open districts, moves Sen. Stein to a new district

01/18/2012 01:55 PM

The proposed state Senate district unveiled in the Senate’s state government committee puts two western Kentucky Democrats into the same district, creates three new open spots and forces Democratic Sen. Kathy Stein of Lexington into a newly-numbered district.

The measure with the map passed the state government committee along party lines, 7-4.

Under the new map, Sen. Dorsey Ridley, D-Henderson, and Sen. Jerry Rhoads, D-Madisonville, would be in the 6th District. The 4th District — which is what Ridley represented — is now the number of the Lexington district Stein lives in, replacing the 13th District.

Sen. Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, said Ridley would represent the Lexington district for the next two years until it comes up again, but Stein would have to move to the new 13th district in northeast Kentucky in order to keep her seat this year.

That new 13th District now comprises Harrison, Robertson, Mason, Lewis, Nicholas, Fleming, Bath and Montgomery counties.

The 27th District represented by longtime Sen. Walter Blevins, D-Sandy Hook, got carved up into four districts in the plan, essentially leaving him without a district.

The new 27th District was moved to southern Kentucky in an open seat that covers Muhlenberg, Todd, Logan, Simpson and Allen counties and reaches up to include a sliver of southern Warren County — near if not including the precinct in Rockfield where Republican Rep. Jim DeCesare lives.

And the 15th District, formerly in southern Kentucky, is being vacated by retiring Republican Sen. Vernie McGaha. The new 15th District now would cover Bullitt and Nelson counties.

To download a copy of the new map, click here: New State Senate maps.jpg

To see the Fayette County state Senate districts up close: Fayette_Senate.jpg

To see the Jefferson County state Senate districts up close: Jefferson_Senate.jpg

To see the Northern Kentucky state Senate districts up close: Northern_Senate.jpg

About Ryan Alessi

Ryan Alessi joined cn|2 in May 2010 as senior managing editor and host of Pure Politics. He is now pursuing an advanced degree in non-fiction writing from Murray State University and is a regular contributor to Pure Politics. Ryan has covered politics for more than 14 years, including seven years as a reporter for the Lexington Herald-Leader. Ryan can be reached at purepolitics@twcable.com or @mycn2 on Twitter.

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