Rep. Linda Belcher back in her old seat in the House chamber

03/02/2018 11:48 AM

FRANKFORT – Rep. Linda Belcher, D-Shepherdsville, is back in the House chamber after winning a special election in the 49th district against Rebecca Johnson, the wife of former Rep. Dan Johnson, who committed suicide in December amid allegations that he sexually abused a 17-year-old girl in his church.

Dan Johnson had defeated Belcher in November 2016 by 156 votes. Belcher previously served from 2009 to 2013, and 2015 to 2016 in the House chamber.

“It made me feel really good that our voters had confidence in me and wanted me to come back here and represent them,” Belcher said. “I feel like I do a lot of work in Bullitt County and I think they recognize that.”

Belcher acknowledged that there are challenges to coming in two thirds of the way through the legislative session.

“There’s already been a lot of bills filed, so I always want to go through and look at what has been filed so that I can co-sponsor or, you know, have good solid comments, because I want our county to get the best that they can possibly get,” Belcher said.

Belcher has a number of concerns about the biennium budget which was passed by the chamber yesterday.

“There were still some things that were cut that I think we’re very valuable to the people of this commonwealth, so I really have concerns about that,” Belcher said. “I think a lot of it had to do with things that will affect our poor, things that will affect our elderly.”

Belcher is a retired school teacher.

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