Kentucky follows a bicameral form of government consisting of a Senate & a House of Representatives. The legislative branch enacts laws; the judicial branch interprets laws; an the executive branch administers laws.
In Carrying out its role, the legislature:
~ Enacts the state’s laws,
~ Prepares and enacts a state budget, which covers all three branches of government
~ Levies taxes.
The constitution requires the General Assembly to divide the state into 38 Senate districts and 100 House districts as nearly equal in population as possible. The General Assembly must review the districts at least every 10 years & redivide them if necessary.
To be eligible to serve in the Kentucky State Senate, a candidate must be:
~ At least 30 years of age at the time of the election
~ A citizen of Kentucky
~ Resided in the state 6 years preceding the election
~ Resided in the district for the last year
Together Frankfort sent questionnaires to both candidates in the General Election. Candidate Williams did not respond to the questionnaire. Candidate Teresa Azbill Barton (D) completed the questionnaire, and her ideas and recommendations can be found through this link. Together Frankfort sincerely thanks candidate Barton for her taking the time to share her ideas during an extremely busy election season. We encourage all voters to review Barton's responses, which cover the areas of economic development, health care, housing, gun safety, and other topics.
In the 2022 November General Election, Senate District 20 voters elected Republican Gex "Jay" Williams to represent them in Kentucky's Senate. Together Frankfort encourages all citizens to stay in touch with Senator-Elect Williams and share your ideas and recommendations as the 2023 General Assembly gets underway. His contact information will be available on the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission website.