From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh
Kentucky House members are saying their goodbyes to Majority Whip Rob Wilkey, who’s retiring.
Unless Governor Beshear calls another special session between now and January, this is Majority Whip Rob Wilkey’s last session. Earlier this year the Scottsville attorney announced he was retiring from the House to spend more time with his family.
Minority Leader Jeffrey Hoover says Wilkey will be sorely missed.
“This General Assembly and this Commonwealth is losing a very good legislator and an excellent person, and I, on behalf of the minority caucus, want to wish him the very best,” said Hoover.
Wilkey, a Democratic House member since 1997, rose to leadership last year, after longtime Majority Whip Joe Barrows retired.
Kentucky House members were also stunned to learn of the sudden death of former Rep. Gross Lindsay of Henderson, who died of natural causes at age 77. Lindsay, an attorney who served more than 20 years in the House, chaired the powerful Judiciary Committee. He was an acknowledged expert on constitutional law and the rules of the Kentucky House chamber.