Politics & Government

In Kentucky, longtime speaker of House is unseated

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Widespread changes in the state House are expected in coming days after state Rep. Greg Stumbo of Prestonsburg unseated Kentucky's longest serving speaker of the House.

Stumbo called his victory over Jody Richards of Bowling Green in the race to lead House Democrats "the pinnacle" of his long political career.

Stumbo defeated Richards by three votes during a closed-door meeting of House Democrats, according to state Rep. Bob Damron of Nicholasville.

Stumbo's win over Richards on the first day of the 2009 General Assembly could mean upheaval in House committee chairmanships, a boost for his proposal to allow video lottery terminals at racetracks and changes in House procedures.

And the election of three Eastern Kentucky lawmakers to House Democratic leadership positions is expected to bode well for the region. Kentucky House Democrats re-elected Larry Clark of Louisville as speaker pro tem for his ninth term and Rocky Adkins of Sandy Hook as majority leader.

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