Glenn seated; challenge process begins

Part of the Jim Glenn Case series

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As the 2019 session of the Kentucky General Assembly began, there was a question as to whether the Republican leadership of the House of Representatives would even allow Representative-elect Jim Glenn (D-Owensboro) into the chamber. In the end, he was seated and sworn in with the rest of the House members.

Jim Glenn entering the House chamber.

Posted by Forward Kentucky on Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Representative Jim Glenn at his desk in the House chambers after being sworn in (photo via Anna Whites)
Representative Jim Glenn at his desk in the House chambers after being sworn in (photo via Anna Whites)

Later in the opening session, though, the process of challenging his election initiated by his Republican challenger, D.J. Johnson, began with the choosing of a nine-person panel through the drawing of names. The names of all 100 members of the House were each put into film canisters, then nine were drawn from a plastic tub and announced.

The panel that will consider the challenge includes:

  • Rocky Adkins, leader of House Democrats
  • John “Bam” Carney, Republican floor leader
  • Tommy Turner (R-Somerset)
  • Jason Petrie (R-Elkton)
  • Matthew Koch (R-Paris)
  • Bart Rowland (R-Tompkinsville)
  • Steve Riley (R-Glasgow)
  • Patti Minter (D-Bowling Green)
  • Josie Raymond (D-Louisville)

After the session adjourned, the committee met briefly, elected Petrie as chair, and agreed to meet again the next day (Wednesday, January 9). The committee is to review the election process, then deliver a report to the House. At that point, the House can decide whether to drop the matter and affirm Glenn as the duly-elected representative, or to remove Glenn and seat Johnson. If the House votes to remove Glenn, the matter will likely wind up in court.

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