With former minority leader Morgan McGarvey off to DC to become the congressman from KY-03, and with former minority whip Dennis Parrett retired, it was time for the small group of Democrats in the Kentucky Senate to elect some new leaders.
They did so this past week, electing Gerald Neal as floor leader, David Yates as minority whip, and re-electing Reggie Thomas as caucus chair. All three will serve two-year terms, starting when the 2023 General Assembly gavels in.
Senator Neal has been in the Ky Senate since 1989, which makes him the longest-serving member of the chamber.
On the other hand, Senator Yates was elected just a few years ago, in the 2020 election. And Senator Thomas is between those two, having been in the chamber since 2014.