Rep. Brian Linder admits pressure is now on GOP, but is looking forward to help move the state forward

11/30/2016 06:26 PM

DRY RIDGE — When the Kentucky House of Representatives convenes on Jan. 3, it will mark the first time in 95 years that the GOP has controlled the House, and Rep. Brian Linder, R-Dry Ridge, is one of many GOP House members who is looking forward to the day when his party will control the House, Senate and Governor’s Office.

Linder, who was first elected in 2013, admits that there could be some pressure on state Republicans, but he feels that controlling all three bodies in Frankfort allows the GOP to truly define what they are all about.

Linder says he believes that’s something the voters of Kentucky want to see.

“You create jobs, you make the economy better, you raise wages to the job creation, and you break those chains, generational bands of welfare, and you bring people to the job force,” Linder said. “That’s what Republicans stand for, and now we’ve got that opportunity.”

Linder says that he expects the House and Senate to work together, along with Republican Gov. Matt Bevin, to pass meaningful legislation which is consistent with the values of the GOP and the majority of voters in the state.

“I think you’re going to see us all work together on the economy, on job creation because that’s what people elected us to do,” Linder said. “They elected us to make Kentucky a better place for their families and a great place to live. So I think as we look forward to the next month and start talking about pieces of legislation that we want to look at, it’s going to be about job creation and making our economy better.”

Some potential hot-button legislation that could potentially see passage in 2017 include right to work and prevailing wage, which have gone nowhere in past years in the Democrat-held House.

Linder says expect to see some things done differently in the GOP-controlled House.

“We’re going to hit the ground running those first four days and the 26 days when we come back in February, and I think you’ll see a very successful session,” Linder said.

“I think with the vision of Gov. Matt Bevin and now with our House and Senate focused on making Kentucky a better place for jobs and the economy and not being caught up in a lot of the drama that has taken place with House leadership in the past, I think 10 years from now we’re going to look back and look at this session as and this election as being a watershed event.”

Don Weber

Don Weber is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News and covers politics and education on Pure Politics, Kentucky’s only nightly program dedicated to state politics. Don is a lifelong Kentuckian and a graduate of Northern Kentucky University. He spent many years covering sports in the Northern Kentucky area before shifting primarily to politics. You can watch Don’s work weeknights at 7:00 and 11:30 on Pure Politics, available exclusively on Spectrum News, HD Channels 403 and 715. If you have a story idea you can reach Don at donald.weber@charter.com.

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