Robert Stivers

Politics
8:47 am
Thu January 3, 2013

What Difference Will Elevation of Stivers, Absence of Williams Have on 2013 General Assembly?

Robert Stivers is expected to be the next Kentucky Senate President.

A southern Kentucky legislator says one of the biggest questions heading into the next legislative session is how lawmakers will react to the absence of David Williams. The longtime Republican Senate President resigned his seat in the legislature late last year to become a Kentucky circuit judge.

Robert Stivers of Manchester is expected to become the next Senate leader when the 2013 General Assembly begins January 8. Democratic Rep. Wilson Stone of Allen County told WKU Public Radio he'll be interested to see what--if anything--changes when Stivers leads the Senate through his legislative agenda.

"People would say that President Williams really had good discipline within his caucus. And so that allowed him to be really powerful not only in the Senate, but really in Frankfort in general," said Stone, a Democrat from Scottsville. "Now, whether Robert Stivers now will have that same discipline, and move in the same direction, I don't know. It's hard to say."

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2013 General Assembly
2:00 am
Fri December 21, 2012

GOP Lawmaker: Stivers Likely Not as "Divisive" as David Williams

With the 2013 Kentucky legislative session not far away, a lot of focus has been placed on the man considered to have the best chance of becoming the next Senate President. Republican Robert Stivers is expected to take over leadership of the chamber from David Williams, the Cumberland County Republican who resigned to become a circuit court judge in southern Kentucky.

A GOP lawmaker from our region told WKU Public Radio he doesn't believe there will be a great deal of policy change under the new Senate leader.

Rep. Michael Meredith of Edmonson County says the biggest difference could be in personality.

"David has been one of the most intelligent people to serve in the city of Frankfort for many, many years. He was very well-versed on policy, very well-versed on issues, but could be a very divisive character as well. And I can see some changes in that. Robert could very well not be as divisive as David was," said Meredith.

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Politics
6:42 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Kentucky GOP Nominates Stivers as Senate President

The State Senate Republican Caucus has officially nominated Senator Robert Stivers for Senate president. Stivers’ new role won’t be official until it’s voted on by the full chamber in early January. But the GOP holds a 24-14 advantage, meaning Stivers is all but certain to succeed former Senate President David Williams.

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Politics
8:20 am
Tue November 27, 2012

Kentucky's Senate Republicans to Choose Leaders Tuesday

The dome at the state capitol building in Frankfort
Credit Kevin Willis

After more than a decade under the same leader, Senate Republicans are poised to choose their chamber's next president Tuesday in Frankfort. But regardless of the outcome, insiders are predicting the GOP majority will maintain an aversion to gambling, the very issue that many believe triggered a change in leadership.

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Politics
5:56 am
Mon October 29, 2012

Stivers: I Have Votes to Become Next Kentucky Senate President

Kentucky Senate Majority Leader Robert Stivers is already getting plenty of vocal support as the likely successor to David Williams as Senate president, days after Williams said he was resigning to take a circuit judge position.

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Politics
1:51 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

If Beshear Appoints Williams to Judgeship, Stivers Will Likely Lead Senate

Kentucky Senate Republicans have established a succession plan in the case their current leader, David Williams, is appointed into an open judgeship in his district. Williams is considered a leading candidate for the open circuit court judgeship that covers his home county.

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