House Majority Caucus Chair Sannie Overly, D-Paris (right), is congratulated by Rep. Kelly Flood, D-Lexington, on her election as the first woman to a leadership post in the Kentucky House of Representatives
State Rep. Sannie Overly will be the first woman in history elected to a leadership position in the Kentucky House of Representatives.
Overly, of Paris, on Tuesday was elected House Democratic Caucus Chair in private leadership elections today. Overly beat state Rep. Bob Damron, of Nicholasville, for the position; all other House Democratic leaders retained their posts.
“It was a humbling experience to be the person that this caucus would choose for the first time in the commonwealth’s history to serve in House leadership," Overly said. " I’m honored, I’m humbled, I look forward to serving."
Overly has served for more than six years, after originally winning a special election for her seat. She was also transportation budget sub-committee chair in recent budget cycles.
As for why she chose to run now, Overly says she felt the timing was right.
Kentucky lawmakers on Tuesday start a legislative session in which they're expected to consider tax reforms and to search for ways to shore up the financially troubled pension system for government retirees.
The House and Senate are scheduled to convene at noon EST.