Veteran Kentucky Lawmaker Drops Re-election Bid

Aug 7, 2012

Republican state senator Tom Jensen of London is withdrawing his candidacy for re-election this year.  The lawyer of 34 years will instead run for circuit judge in Knox and Laurel counties.

"It was something I always had in the back of my mind as kind of a nice way to end a career in law and politics," says Jensen.

The circuit judgeship became vacant with the resignation of Judge John Knox Mills.  Jensen is seeking to fill the remaining two years on Mills' term. 

Jensen, who was unopposed for re-election to his Senate seat, was first elected to the Kentucky House in 1989 and served there until 1996.  He joined the Senate in 2005. 

As chair of the Judiciary Committee, Senator Jensen says he's most proud of legislation approved to curb the illegal use of methamphetamine and prescription drugs.  The London republican was first elected to the Kentucky