Sen. Mike Wilson elected as Senate Majority Whip

09/22/2017 12:34 PM

Sen. Mike Wilson, R-Bowling Green, has been elected by his Republican colleagues to serve in Senate leadership as the new Majority Whip in the Kentucky state Senate.

Wilson replaces Sen. Jimmy Higdon, R-Lebanon, in the position who was elected by the GOP caucus at the beginning of the month to replace Sen. David Givens, R-Greensburg, as Senate President Pro Tem.

Senator Givens resigned from his seat in Senate Leadership in June citing personal reasons.

“I want to thank my colleagues in the Senate Majority Caucus for giving me this special opportunity to serve in leadership,” Wilson said Friday in a news release. “I look forward to this new position and am prepared to have a more significant role in tackling the challenging issues facing the Commonwealth of Kentucky.”

Both Wilson and Senator Higdon will be considered voting members on the Legislative Research Commission (LRC) at the next LRC meeting in October even though Senator Higdon will not officially be voted into his new role as Senate Pro Tempore until the next time the full Senate convenes, according to the news release.

“Mike Wilson is a kind and genuine person who brings great character and a wealth of knowledge to this caucus,” Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester said in the release. “I am happy for Senator Wilson and know he has what it takes to lead effectively as we welcome him into this new role.”

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@charter.com.

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