The Richmond Register

September 9, 2013

Two GOP state senators retiring

CNHI News Service

FRANKFORT — Two female Republican state senators, including the second-ranking Republican leader, announced Monday they will not seek re-election when their present terms end.

Senate President Pro Tem Katie Kratz Stine, R-Southgate, said Monday she won’t seek re-election next year from her 24th District in northern Kentucky.

A short time later came word that Sen. Julie Denton, R-Louisville, who chairs the Senate Health and Welfare Committee, also won’t seek re-election.

“Upon completion of my current term I will have served for 20 years in the General Assembly,” Stine said in a statement released by the spokeswoman for the Republican Senate. “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.”

Stine, an attorney first elected in 1994, is known for her pro-life conservatism and is the first woman to serve as Senate President Pro Tem. She also serves as vice chair of the Committee on Committees, the Rules Committee and the Judiciary Committee.

She said the health of her elderly father was a factor in her decision.

“I have worked hard for the pro-life cause, conservative fiscal policies, better education, infrastructure and a safer, more productive community,” Stine said.” 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.”

Later, Denton also announced she will not seek re-election next year.

Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, said both women will be missed, citing Stine’s role as the first woman Senate President Pro Tem and Denton’s work on the Health and Welfare Committee.

“Sen. Katie Stine is a trailblazer in many respects,” Stivers said, praising her resolve and commitment to pro-life causes such as the Informed Consent Bill.

“She is an ardent defender of the unborn, the taxpayer, safe streets and the idea that the school is the soul of the community,” Stivers said.

He said Denton is a “valuable member” of the Republican caucus and said her “knowledge of health services and desired outcomes is unparalleled. He said as chairwoman of the Health and Welfare Committee she always sought to “bring government to account for both the sake of the most vulnerable but also the taxpayer.

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