Rep. Larry Clark looks back at his time in Kentucky House on last day of his final session

06/01/2016 12:45 PM

FRANKFORT — State Rep. Larry Clark, D-Louisville, is hanging up his hat after serving more than three decades in Kentucky’s House of Representatives.

Clark is proud of the work he’s done, but he’s politically worn out and believes that the influx of money into politics will ruin democracy.

“I’ve had 19 elections in my district. What concerns me more than anything is the money in politics. We are going to ruin democracy,” Clark said on the last day of this year’s legislative session. “Especially at the national level, we have to do something to get back talking about issues and not talking about personalities.”

During his time in the Kentucky House, issues on economic development and education are at the core of his political career. One of the programs close to his heart is TAPP, a program for pregnant teens to help them finish school.

Clark may be leaving Frankfort, but for those rookie legislators that will join Kentucky’s General Assembly this fall, he has some words of wisdom from his tenure in the Kentucky House.

“Build relationships, look outside your district, look outside your caucus, learn to understand about all parts of our Commonwealth,” Clark said.

Clark has endorsed Democratic candidate Alan Gentry to replace him in the House. He faces Republican Eric Crump in the Nov. 8 general election.

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