In historic moment, first woman will lead Kentucky House Democrats

Rep. Joni Jenkins

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky House Democrats are making history by selecting state Representative Joni Jenkins as their top-ranking leader.

She is the first woman to serve as the party’s floor leader in the chamber.

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Jenkins succeeds Rocky Adkins as the House minority floor leader.

Jenkins has served as minority whip, a role that will be filled by Rep. Angie Hatton of Whitesburg.

In her new job, Jenkins will become the leading voice for Democrats in the Republican-dominated chamber.