The Chatter: Rocky Adkins looks poised to transition from majority floor leader to minority floor leader on Tuesday

01/02/2017 04:53 PM

A familiar face seems to have emerged as the sole contender for minority floor leader for the House Democratic caucus.

The Courier-Journal reported Friday that state Rep. Rocky Adkins, a Sandy Hook Democrat who’s been majority floor leader for 13 years, appears to be the only Democrat vying for the minority floor leader slot when the caucus elects its leadership slate on Tuesday.

Democrats will select three leaders as the 2017 General Assembly begins. Aside from the minority floor leader, races for minority caucus chair and minority whip will be decided.

The Courier-Journal reported that Reps. Joni Jenkins, D-Shively, and Dennis Keene, D-Wilder, are running for minority caucus chair while Reps. Jeff Donohue, D-Fairdale, and Wilson Stone, D-Scottsville, are vying for minority whip.

Two members of the current Democratic leadership team — Majority Caucus Chair Sannie Overly, a Paris Democrat who also chairs the Kentucky Democratic Party, and House Speaker Pro Tem Jody Richards, D-Bowling Green — told the newspaper that they will not seek leadership posts on Tuesday.

Democrats entered the Nov. 8 elections with a 53-47 majority in the House only to lose their grip on the only southern legislative chamber controlled by their party to Republicans, who netted 17 seats en route to a 64-36 supermajority.

Kevin Wheatley

Kevin Wheatley is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News and covers Kentucky politics and all the goings-on at the State Capitol. Kevin was born and raised in Frankfort so he grew up around politics and has always had the drive to follow the political process and hold lawmakers accountable. Before joining Spectrum News Kevin covered government and politics for The State Journal in Frankfort. You can watch Kevin’s work weeknights at 7:00 and 11:30 on Pure Politics, available exclusively on Spectrum News, HD Channels 403 and 715. You can reach him at or 502-792-1135.


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