GOP House leader preparing to take the reins of new majority
Voters give Republicans a majority in the House for first time since 1921.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (WDRB) -- Kentucky voters gave Republicans control of the state House for the first time in nearly a century on Tuesday.
Now, the leader of the new Republican majority says he's ready to work with the Republican Senate and Republican governor to chart a new more conservative course for Kentucky.
With the victory celebration over, Republicans now get down to work governing with their new majority and a new mandate from voters.
"There's pent-up frustration. They want a new direction, and we're going to make some changes," said House Republican Leader Jeff Hoover.
The GOP won not just a majority in the House, but a veto-proof super-majority of 64 seats.
In a news conference late Tuesday night, Gov. Matt Bevin seemed ready to move his conservative agenda.
"This will be a much easier legislature to work with. No question about it," said Bevin.
Hoover agrees, but is not committing to a timetable for passing specific legislation.
He points out that the House will have 23 new members, "who are eager and anxious, and who have heard from their constituents about doing this and doing that, and getting this done."
"It's a challenge, but we're up for it," said Hoover.
One priority will likely be a right to work law.
But the new majority may also tackle other thorny issues, such as legalizing Gov. Bevin's controversial reorganization of the University of Louisville's Board of Trustees.
"I know it's something that's going to have to be addressed, probably," said Hoover. "There's a lot of discussion about it. It's something we'll talk about in caucus over the next couple of months."
Hoover fully expects to be elected the new Speaker. Both he and Senate President Robert Stivers had kind words for outgoing Democrat Greg Stumbo, who lost both his majority and his seat.
"I consider him a friend," said Hoover.
The governor was not so magnanimous.
"Good riddance. I mean, really. I mean that sincerely. He's served for a long time, but he's outworn his welcome," said Bevin.
House Republicans will hold their first meeting on Thursday to begin laying the groundwork for the new session which begins in January.
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