Robert Stivers, serving his second term as president of the Kentucky State Senate, has served in the Kentucky General Assembly since 1997. Stivers represents the 25th District, which is comprised of Clay, Knox, Lee, Magoffin, Morgan, Owsley and Wolfe counties.
In addition to his role as Senate president, Stivers also chairs the Senate Committee on Committees and serves as a member of the governing board of the Council of State Government, is an executive committee member of the Southern Legislative Conference, and is a member of the National Conference of State Legislators.
Stivers graduated from the University of Kentucky with a major in industrial management and a minor in economics, and earned his law degree from the University of Louisville. He served as the assistant commonwealth attorney from 1989 to 1993 and is currently a practicing attorney in Manchester, where the Clay County Chamber of Commerce honored him with their “Man of the Year” award in 2000.
Senate President Pro Tem
Born 1966. Presbyterian. Managing Partner Central Farmers Supply. 1985 Green Co High School, valedictorian. WKU, MA 1997. WKU, BS Ag 1989. Founding Bd member Green Co, Ag Dept. Upward Basketball Supporter.
- Interim Committees: Agriculture; Appropriations and Revenue; Education; Health and Welfare; Postsecondary Education; Rural Issues
- Session Committees: Agriculture (S); Appropriations & Revenue (S); Committee on Committees (S) [Vice Chair]; Education (S); Enrollment (S); Health & Welfare (S); Rules (S) [Vice Chair]
- Statutory Committees: 2016-2018 Budget Preparation and Submission; Legislative Research Commission
Majority Floor Leader
Damon Thayer (R-Georgetown) was first elected to the Kentucky State Senate in a 2003 special election, representing the citizens of the 17th District, which encompasses Grant, Scott and southern Kenton Counties.
Senator Thayer, chosen in January 2013 as Senate Majority Floor Leader by his peers, helps guide bills through the legislative process on the Senate floor and helps set the policy agenda. Leader Thayer acts on behalf of his party during the proceedings on the Senate floor. As a member of Senate Leadership, Senator Thayer serves on the Committee on Committees, the Rules Committee and the Legislative Research Commission.
Before being elected to his Leadership post, Senator Thayer chaired the Senate State and Local Government Committee since 2005. As chairman, he played a pivotal role in the most significant issues of the day such as pension reform evidenced by his sponsorship of Senate Bill 2 (which passed in 2013), redistricting, election law, special districts, government ethics and transparency.
Senator Thayer is a member of the Scott and Grant Counties Chambers of Commerce, League of Kentucky Property Owners, the National Rifle Association, Kentucky Right to Life, and is a Kentucky Colonel.
Senator Thayer is the former Vice Chairman (1999-2004) of the Republican Party of Kentucky. The Grant County Republican Party honored him for outstanding community service in 2004, and the Scott County Republican Party presented him the Ira & Constance Gray Award for his dedication to Republican Party principles in 2007.
Majority Caucus Whip
Sen. Jimmy Higdon has been in the Kentucky legislature since 2002: first as a representative to the General Assembly for the 24th district, which included Marion, Casey and part of Pulaski counties. Then in 2009, Jimmy won a special election for Senate district 14. He now represents Marion, Casey, Nelson and Spencer counties and a portion of Jefferson County roughly outside the Gene Snyder Freeway, including Fern Creek and Jeffersontown.
In December of 2014, Senator Higdon was elected to Leadership, as the Majority Caucus Whip.
Born on July 15, 1953, Senator Higdon is a small business owner, a graduate of Morehead State University and a member of the Marion County Economic Development Board.
Senator Higdon resides in Lebanon with his wife, Jane. They have two children and three grandchildren.
Dan "Malano" Seum
Majority Caucus Chairman
State Senator Dan Seum began his career in the Kentucky General Assembly in 1982 as a State Representative where he served until 1988. He was first elected to serve in the State Senate from 1989-1992, then again from 1995-present. He has served in Senate Leadership for the past eight years, first as the Senate Majority Whip from 2005 until 2007 and currently as Senate Majority Caucus Chairman since 2007. He was elected to both positions by his fellow caucus members.
As a member of leadership, Senator Seum serves on Committee on Committees and the Rules Committee. The Senator also serves on five other standing committees: Banking & Insurance; Judiciary; Licensing, Occupations and Administrative Regulations; and State and Local Government. He also serves on the Medicaid Oversight and Advisory Committee and the Program Review and Investigations Committee, both statutory committees. Senator Seum is the former chair of Veterans, Military Affairs, and Public Protection Committee.
Senator Seum has received recognition for his legislative accomplishments, including Optimist of the Year; American Athletic Association of the Deaf Appreciation Award; Louisville Distinguished Citizen’s Award; and the Kentucky Guardian of Small Business Award.
He is a graduate of the Officer's Candidate School in the National Guard. He owned and operated Malano’s Restaurants for 34 years. When he is not working on his Senate duties, he works as a property manager in Jefferson County. Senator Seum represents the 38th District of southern Jefferson County.
Senator Seum lives in Fairdale, Kentucky, with his wife Rita. They have eight children and twenty two grandchildren.