WKU Public Radio News Staff
Thu December 12, 2013
Newly Elected Kentucky Lawmaker Says She Won't Let Job Conflict with Legislative Duties
Kentucky’s newest House member plans to take a leave of absence from her job while the legislature is in session.
It’s not uncommon for state lawmakers to continue working in their careers while the General Assembly is in session, but Republican Suzanne Miles doesn’t quite find herself in the same situation.
Miles is the Owensboro field representative for 2nd District Congressman Brett Guthrie. She plans to go on unpaid leave to avoid a conflict of interest.
“Ethically and morally, I would not be accepting two checks during the same time period," says Miles. "We’ve had a lot of discussion about that.”
Miles won a special election this week for state representative, replacing Democrat John Arnold who resigned amid sexual harassment accusations.
The 7th District House seat covers Union and parts of Henderson and Daviess counties.