Senate opens 2014 with celebration of increasing diversity

01/07/2014 03:21 PM

As the House wrangled over past problems Tuesday, the Senate opened the 2014 General Assembly by celebrating its increased diversity.

Sen. Reggie Thomas, D-Lexington, joined Sen. Gerald Neal, D-Louisville, to become the first pair of African American senators to serve in the chamber together. Neal replaced Kentucky’s first African American senator, Georgia Powers, in the chamber in 1989.

Those three are the only African Americans to ever serve in the Kentucky state Senate.

Here’s how senators, including Senate Democratic Floor Leader R.J. Palmer, noted the historic first on Day 1:

Don Weber

Don Weber is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News and covers politics and education on Pure Politics, Kentucky’s only nightly program dedicated to state politics. Don is a lifelong Kentuckian and a graduate of Northern Kentucky University. He spent many years covering sports in the Northern Kentucky area before shifting primarily to politics. You can watch Don’s work weeknights at 7:00 and 11:30 on Pure Politics, available exclusively on Spectrum News, HD Channels 403 and 715. If you have a story idea you can reach Don at


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