Rep. Bob DeWeese ends 24-year legislative career at 81

04/30/2016 05:20 PM

FRANKFORT – After 24 years in the state legislature, 81-year-old Rep. Bob DeWeese, R-Louisville, has decided to call it a career.

DeWeese, a retired general surgeon, had planned to serve only a couple of terms when he was first elected in 1993, before returning back to his surgery practice full-time to work with his son, but all of that changed in 1994 when he experienced temporary blindness and had to give up his job as a surgeon.

“I couldn’t see anything for about 18 months, so everybody knew that I had impairment,” DeWeese said of the temporary blindness brought on my shoveling snow.

Even though he regained his sight, he knew that he had to change careers and decided that serving his constituents would be his second career.

“I said that my surgical career is over, I can go to work for an insurance company and make all of my colleagues mad at me, or I can keep the job that I have,” DeWeese said.

During his time in the House, he was elected as Minority Caucus Chair from 2001 until he decided that he would not seek re-election.

In addition, he served on numerous committees including, House Budget Review Subcommittee on Human Resources, House Economic Development Committee,
House Health and Welfare Committee, House Rules Committee, Legislative Research Commission Committee, Medicaid Oversight and Advisory Committee, as well as vice chair of the House Appropriations and Revenue Committee.

“I enjoyed it very much,” DeWeese said. “I was in the middle of things by my leadership position.”

Former Louisville Metro Councilman Ken Fleming is running unopposed in the Republican primary in the 48th district while Maris Sorolis and Steven Sturdevant are opposing one another on the Democratic side.


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