Rep. Hoover to not Seek Re-Election in 2020

State Representative Jeff Hoover has announced that after several months of thought, prayer and discussion with family, he has decided not to seek re-election in 2020. Here’s WJRS News Director Derek Aaron with more…

Hoover’s full statement is below…

“After much thought and prayer for several months, and discussion with my family, I have decided to not seek re-election as State Representative in 2020. Someone once said as they pondered a different direction in their life, “you will just know when it is time”. Now is time for me to step aside as State Representative and devote my time to my law practice and business interests, and hopefully be of service to others in different ways.

First, I thank God for giving me the health and opportunity to serve, and for blessing me with such a wonderful family who has always supported me, sacrificing many times and in many ways. I thank my wife Karyn for being patient, understanding, and supportive while I served in Frankfort and during the many, many days and nights I traveled across Kentucky to various events and engagements. I could not have done it without her support and help. I am truly blessed to have her as my wife and as the wonderful mother to our daughters Blair, Ryan and Evan.

I am forever grateful to the citizens of Russell, Clinton, Cumberland and Pulaski counties who first elected me in 1996 and have re-elected me every two years since without opposition. I am humbled and honored to have had the privilege to serve you in Frankfort and the kindness, generosity and support given to me over the years will never be forgotten. I have made mistakes but have learned and grown from them. I am proud of the many accomplishments and improvements we have made to this area since I was first elected and the small part I played in them. However, none of these things could have happened without the support, work and efforts of many, including my fellow legislative partners in Frankfort like former Senators Vernie McGaha and David Williams, current Senator Max Wise, and Representatives Tommy Turner, Danny Ford, and others.

When I leave Frankfort next year I will have served as the first Republican Speaker of the House in almost 100 years, and the longest serving Republican legislative leader in the state’s history.

I also say thanks to my colleagues in the House, both Republican and Democrat. These are some of the very best people I have ever known, and I count many of them, on both sides of the political aisle, as some of the best friends I have ever had. I wish each of them the very best as they continue to serve and work to find solutions to Kentucky’s problems and improve the lives of all Kentuckians.

Thank you again for the privilege and honor to serve as State Representative for the finest people in Kentucky. I am forever grateful.”

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