Spotlight: Rep. Cherry reflects on his 2nd career in politics as he finishes his final session

03/27/2012 08:01 AM

Rep. Mike Cherry, the gregarious Democrat from Princeton who heads up the House state government committee, said he warmed up for his legislative career during his service in the U.S. Navy.

Cherry, 69, is retiring at the end of 2012 after serving 14 years in the state House from the 4th District that covers Caldwell, Crittenden, Livingston and part of McCracken counties.

During his time as state government committee chairman, Cherry has worked on bills ranging from state hiring and ethics laws to the state employee retirement system.

Cherry has said he plans to hold hearings later this year to look at what type of further reforms are needed to the pension system for future hires in order to keep it solvent.

In the first in the Pure Politics series on retiring lawmakers, Cherry looks back on his tenure:

Pure Politics will be airing interviews with each of the 12 lawmakers who are retiring at the end of 2012. (That doesn’t count Rep. Alecia Webb-Edgington who is not seeking re-electiont to the House because she is running for Congress).


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