Sen. Chris Girdler calls term in the Senate "the experience of a lifetime"

04/21/2016 03:25 PM

FRANKFORT – Even though Sen. Chris Girdler, R-Somerset, has served only one term before deciding that he would not seek re-election, he called his time serving in the Senate as the experience of a lifetime.

The Somerset native, who promised in his 2012 campaign that he would serve no more than two terms, decided against running for re-election so that he could spend more time with his wife and two young daughters. Somerset is approximately 2 hours from Frankfort.

Girdler says that he is most proud of his legislation related to tourism, which is of extreme importance to his district.

“You know, the boater freedom act we passed back in 2014 had a tremendous impact on the Lake Cumberland region and, in my opinion, a lot of our lakes and waterways in Kentucky,” Girdler said.

Although Girdler chose to leave the Senate at the end of his term to be with his young family, he doesn’t rule out the possibility of returning to political office one day.

“You never say never,” Girdler said. “I have a tremendous passion for public service. I envision that there might be a possibility sometime in the future. But for now, I’m going to be focusing on my family, and on my business career, and things of that nature.”

The four Republicans vying for the 15th district seat include Rick Girdler, Michael Keck, Donald Moss and Joshua Nichols.

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