FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – – Members of the 2021 House Majority Caucus have re-elected leaders for 2021 and 2022. The Caucus will have 75 members when session convenes on January 5 and members say the state’s budget and the impact of the coronavirus pandemic will be the biggest issue.
House Speaker David Osborne (R-Prospect) was nominated without opposition for a second term in that position. Osborne has served in the Kentucky House since 2005 and previously served as the Speaker Pro Tempore.
“The opportunity to serve my constituents and this state is an honor that I do not take lightly,” Osborne said. “Kentuckians expect leadership that reflects their values and priorities. They know the great potential our Commonwealth possesses and expect us to work together to realize it. The House Majority Caucus is committed to doing just that as we approach each issue before us with the intent to provide solutions that will benefit, not harm, the people we serve.”
The Caucus also nominated Speaker Pro Tempore David Meade (R-Stanford) for a second term. Meade also faced no opposition. Meade was elected to the House in 2013 and served as Majority Caucus Chair until the Caucus elected him Speaker Pro Tempore in 2018.
Both Osborne and Meade must still be affirmed by the entire House when the 2021 Regular Session convenes, a formality since Republicans hold a 75-25 majority of seats in the House Chamber.
Rep. Steven Rudy (R-Paducah) was selected to serve his first term as Majority Floor Leader; Suzanne Miles (R-Owensboro) will serve her second term as Majority Caucus Chair; and the Caucus elected Rep. Chad McCoy (R-Bardstown) to a second term as Majority Whip.
The leadership team will continue preparing for the upcoming session as legislators face the task of passing a one-year state budget in 30 legislative days and providing solutions to issues created by the COVID-19 pandemic and the state’s response to it.
“Without a doubt, the budget will be our top priority and consume a great deal of our time and focus. It is a challenge to pass a budget in a 60 legislative session but even more difficult when you have half the time and no idea what the future holds for your state’s economy,” Osborne added. “That does not mean we will not make time for other issues. This Caucus continues to be committed to making this state the best place to live and work. The pandemic may have forced us to shift focus for now, but we are still committed to our long-term mission.”