Spotlight: Winters wraps up Senate career after getting into politics to help students

04/10/2012 11:10 AM

Republican state Sen. Ken Winters of Murray began his political career at an age when most people already are retired.

Winters, the former president of Campbellsville University, was 70 when supporters talked him into running for the open 1st state Senate District in 2004. And he said it was the chance to improve learning in Kentucky by becoming chairman of the Senate education committee that swayed him.

Winters went on to push for changes to the statewide curriculum and testing system through Senate Bill 1 in 2009. And has pushed for allowing charter schools in Kentucky, which so far hasn’t passed.

Neither party has a primary contest to replace Winters. Democrat Carroll Hubbard, a former congressman who spent time in prison in the 1990s for fraud and campaign finance violations, is making his third run for the state Senate in six years. Winters is backing Stan Humprhies, the Republican judge-executive of Trigg County.

This is the eighth report in the series Pure Politics is airing 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-election to the House because she is running for Congress)._

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 donald.weber@charter.com.

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