Rep. Leslie Combs leaving Kentucky legislature but has eye on potential return to politics

04/25/2016 01:06 PM

FRANKFORT — After a decade in the General Assembly, state Rep. Leslie Combs is heading back home to Pikeville, but she’s not counting out the possibility of a future run for office.

The Democratic lawmaker said she was looking back on her last day of the legislative session with “moments of sadness,” but also “excitement” for the journey ahead.

“There is a potential political office I may be looking at,” Combs said on the last day of the legislative session. “At this time I don’t wish to divulge that, but I would tell listeners to stay tuned. I don’t think my political life is over yet.”

This session, Combs is walking away on a high note with the passage of legislation setting up public-private partnerships for transportation projects, which Combs called “a true way to cap off a great 10-year experience.”

Combs also courted controversy during her legislative career when she accidentally discharged her firearm in her Capitol Annex office, an event she referenced in a goodbye note she handed to friends and colleagues in Frankfort.

The Pikeville Democrat affixed one of her legislative pins to the note, alongside a .380-caliber bullet she taped to the card.

“That was to commemorate my departure, but there was also a momentous occasion back on January 7 of 2014. That day will live in infamy with me as the day I accidentally discharged my weapon in the annex,” she said. “I will always be remembered for that.”

There is a three-way Democratic primary for the nomination to Combs’ 94th House District seat and a four-way Republican primary. Combs says she will support and help the Democratic nominee in the General Election.

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