This week, the Kentucky Senate Republicans voted to reelect all leaders of the majority caucus. Senate President Robert Stivers, President Pro-Tempore David Givens, Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer, Majority Caucus Chair Julie Raque Adams, and Majority Whip Mike Wilson will serve another two-year term after running unopposed in their caucus leadership elections.
“Our caucus members have spoken and their trust in existing leadership is a testament to our strong working relationship,” Stivers said. “Senate leaders and the entire majority caucus will continue to prioritize sound public policy and fiscal responsibility in the 2023 Legislative Session as we lead with the confidence Kentucky voters have placed in us.”
The Senate president is the presiding Senate officer and corresponds with the speaker of the House of Representatives. The Senate president ranks second in succession to the governor of the commonwealth behind the lieutenant governor.
Senate President Pro-Tempore:
The Senate president pro-tempore serves as presiding Senate officer in the absence of the Senate president. Pro-tempore is Latin for, “for the time being.”
The Senate president and Senate president pro-tempore are constitutional positions and require election by the full Senate. Stivers and Givens will be formally elected to the positions on the first day of the 2023 Legislative Session.
Senate Majority Floor Leader:
The majority floor leader guides daily legislative activity on the Senate floor to ensure a smooth process, overseeing the passage of all legislation and resolutions.
Senate Majority Caucus Chair:
The Senate majority caucus chair presides over caucus meetings and leads in outreach and messaging efforts.
Senate Majority Whip:
The Senate majority whip is responsible for gathering consensus among the caucus and determining vote counts ahead of legislative proceedings.
After last week’s elections, the Senate currently has a Republican supermajority of 31, with seven Democratic Senators making up the minority.