Sen. Jimmy Higdon elected to serve as Senate President Pro Tempore

09/08/2017 12:07 PM

The Senate Majority Caucus has selected Sen. Jimmy Higdon, R-Lebanon, to replace former Senate President Pro Tempore David Givens in the Kentucky Senate.

Higdon won’t officially be elected until the full Senate convenes.

Sen. David Givens, R-Greensburg, resigned from Senate leadership in June citing personal reasons.

“I was sad to see Senator Givens step down, but I am honored to serve in this new capacity in Senate leadership, and I appreciate all of my colleagues for granting me this special opportunity,” Higdon said in a news release. “I certainly have some big shoes to fill, but Senator Givens has been supportive, and I know he will continue to be a great asset to our caucus and a great resource to me moving forward.”

Higdon formerly held the leadership position of Senate Majority Caucus Whip. A special election will be held in the near future to elect a designee to fill the vacant position, according to Senate Republican communications staff.

“I am happy for my good friend, Senator Jimmy Higdon, and look forward to continuing to serve with him in Senate leadership,” Senate President Robert Stivers said. “Senator Higdon is experienced, knowledgeable, and possesses the necessary character skills needed to effectively serve as President Pro Tem, and I am confident he will do an exemplary job.”

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