Senate President Pro-Tem Katie Stine will not seek re-election

09/09/2013 01:35 PM

UPDATED WITH VIDEO: Senate President Pro-Tem Katie Stine, R-Southgate, announced Monday that the current term will be her last in the Senate.

Stine announced her decision not to seek re-election in a press release from Senate leadership saying that after 20 years in the General Assembly, she is ready to give someone else a chance to serve.

Stine also cited her 92-year-old father’s health as a factor in her decision not to run again.

“With so many challenges ahead and all the talent in our district, I want to give someone else the opportunity to continue this important work. I have been blessed and honored to have served the people of our district,” Stine said in a press release. “I have worked hard for the pro-life cause, conservative fiscal policies, better education, infrastructure, and a safer, more productive community. I have a 92 year old father whose health increasingly demands my attention and look forward to serving in any other way that God may choose for me.”

Stine is the first woman to serve as Senate President Pro-Tem in Kentucky. Stine was first elected to the state House where she served from 1995-1998 before being elected to the state Senate. Stine represents the 24th senatorial district which now covers Campbell, Pendleton and Bracken counties.

Senate President Robert Stivers praised Stine as “a trailblazer in many respects” beyond being the highest-ranking female legislative leader.

“She also tirelessly worked, often behind the scenes and for little public credit, on complex issues that took many sessions to resolve. She never lost heart and the drive to pass such bills as the Informed Consent Bill, the Prompt Pay Bill, and bills on physical education and ‘complete streets.’ She is an ardent defender of the unborn, the tax-payer, safe streets, and the idea that the school is the soul of the community,” Stivers said. “I am proud to call her a friend and colleague.”

Stine also outlined the high points of her legislative career:

(With reporting from Frankfort by Don Weber)

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