Rep. Darryl Owens not seeking re-election in 2018

01/08/2018 02:15 PM

FRANKFORT — After more than a decade in the General Assembly Rep. Darryl Owens announced he would not be seeking another term this year.

Owens, D-Louisville, has been in office since 2005, and has been in public service from more then four-decades serving as a district judge, assistant attorney general, and Jefferson County C District commissioner.

“The highest honor of my life has been to serve as a state representative and I am profoundly grateful to have been elected by my constituents for more than a decade,” Owens said in a news release. “I have enjoyed every minute of this job but it’s time for a change and to make room for the next generation of leaders to take up the mantel.”

Owens saw one of his key priorities come to fruition in the General Assembly — passing a felony expungement bill, he said it was one of “my most gratifying achievements.”

“It reflects my belief that every human deserves a second chance, and now non violent offenders are getting that second chance at life.”

Rep. Owens began his legislative career under former House Speaker Jody Richards and also served under former Speaker Greg Stumbo who appointed him chair of the powerful Judiciary Committee.

House Minority Leader Rocky Adkins said “Darryl Owens is the wise counselor whose advice every member seeks on difficult issues. His commitment to his district, Louisville and the commonwealth guides his legislative agenda and he is highly respected for that selfless dedication.”

Rep. Owens will continue to serve in the General Assembly through 2018.

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