Democrats Retain Kentucky House Majority, But GOP Gains

Democrats in Tuesday’s general election retained their majority in the Kentucky House, but Republicans gained some ground.

House Speaker Pro Tem Larry Clark eked out a victory last night over Republican Brian Simpson to win re-election.

Speaker Greg Stumbo, Majority Caucus Chair Bob Damron and Majority Whip John Will Stacy were also victorious.

Democrats who lost last night were Reps. Charlie Hoffman, Kent Stevens, Tim Firkins, Dottie Sims and Don Pasley.

Democrats also lost seats being vacated by Reps. Ron Weston and Eddie Ballard, but held onto the seat being vacated by Rep. Harry Moberly. Republicans retained the seat being vacated by Rep. Scott Brinkman.

Among Republican winners Tuesday were Reps. Ron Crimm, Stan Lee, Minority Whip David Floyd, Lonnie Napier, Steven Rudy, Sal Santoro, Keith Hall, C-B Embry, Tim Moore, Jill York and Kevin Bratcher.

By Tony McVeigh

Veteran broadcast journalist Tony McVeigh has been covering Kentucky politics since 1986, reporting for Clear Channel Communications before joining Kentucky Public Radio in 2004. His stories are aired by seven KPR affiliates, whose signals blanket the Commonwealth and parts of surrounding states. McVeigh began his broadcasting career at WRFC in Athens, Georgia, while earning a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Georgia. He has extensive anchor/reporter experience, including stints with South Carolina Network and Georgia Radio News Service in Atlanta. In 2007 and 2008, McVeigh was named Best Radio Reporter in the Kentucky Associated Press Awards. He also picked up consecutive AP Awards for Best Political Coverage. McVeigh won four Kentucky AP Awards in 2009, six in 2010 - including Best Political Coverage and Best Hard News Feature - and three in 2011. His coverage of the 2007 Kentucky governor's race topped the Political Reporting category of the Society of Professional Journalists Green Eyeshade Awards of 2008. In 2009, McVeigh placed second in Courts and Law Reporting in the Atlanta-based competition for journalists in 11 Southern states. McVeigh is also the proud recipient of an Individual Liberty Award from the Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. The Brunswick, Georgia, native is a die-hard UGA football fan who enjoys photography, astronomy, live music, hiking Kentucky's Red River Gorge and exploring the state's beautiful back roads. McVeigh and his big, fat, black cat Simon, reside in Frankfort, KY.