Rep. Graham to take over for Rollins as House education committee chairman

05/24/2013 02:08 PM

Democratic State Rep. Derrick Graham, a retired social studies teacher at Frankfort High School, will replace former Rep. Carl Rollins as the chairman of the House Education Committee, the House Speaker announced Friday.

“I look forward to hitting the ground running in working with the educational community and my colleagues in the General Assembly in continuing to develop policies that help to generate and elevate student achievement and success in all schools across our great Commonwealth, from pre-school to the postsecondary level,” said Graham, in a press release.

Rollins resigned last month when he became executive director and chief executive officer of the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority and the Kentucky Higher Education Student Loan Corporation.

A special election to represent voters from Woodford County, western Lexington, and eastern Franklin County is June 25.

But the other shoes Rollins had left open were those of the education committee chairman, which runs the panel that deals with school policy, teacher evaluations, curriculum and test standards and higher education.

House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, said in a statement that five others were up for consideration for the chairmanship.

“I would like to note that the House Democratic Caucus recently made history by electing the first female to serve in a House leadership position – Rep. Sannie Overly – and now Rep. Graham joins the ranks of other African-Americans who are or who have also been committee chairmen, such as Rep. Darryl Owens and former Rep. Aubrey Williams,” Stumbo said.
Nick Storm

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