A state senator from western Kentucky plans to make the current legislative session his last. Jerry Rhoads announced his retirement Friday.
“Serving the people of the 6th District in the State Senate these past 12 years has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I will treasure the many friendships I have made throughout the counties I have represented in my three terms of service in the State Senate," said Rhoads in a written statement. "After careful reflection, I have decided that with eight young, energetic grandchildren, it is time to step away from the hectic pace and demands of public service in order to spend more time with my family and pursue other life goals.”
Rhoads said he planned to remain active in his Madisonville law practice.
Rhoads’ announcement creates an open seat in Kentucky’s 6th Senate District, which represents Hopkins, Muhlenberg, Ohio and Butler counties.
Rhoads’ retirement leaves Morgantown Republican State Representative C.B. Embry the only candidate so far to file for the seat.
The filing deadline is January 28th.