Veteran state lawmaker steps down from House

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) - A veteran state lawmaker resigned his seat on Tuesday, prompting a special election to fill the vacancy in November.

Rep. Tim Moore, R-Elizabethtown, sent a letter to Gov. Matt Bevin and House Speaker David Osborne, R-Prospect, in which he stated:

“I have long believed in term limits as a worthy ideal of government service. Now, having served over 12 years in the Kentucky Legislature, it is time to apply that principle to myself. As such, I hereby officially resign my position as State Representative of the 18th District, effective at noon today, September 10.”

Moore said it had been a great honor to serve first the 26th then the 18th District, as well as all the people of the commonwealth. “Even as I transition into a Christian ministry role, I will pray continued God’s blessings on our old Kentucky home.”

He also asked Gov. Bevin to call the special election for the same day as the Nov. 5 general election, “eliminating additional polling cost to both Grayson and Hardin counties.”

The governor did indeed a writ of election to be held on that date to fill the remainder of the term that ends in January 2021.

Osborne issued a statement through a spokesperson, in which he praised Moore as an integral member of the House Majority Caucus.

“His knowledge and experience have made him an important contributor to the work of the House, and a valued voice as a member of the Veterans, Military Affairs and Public Protection Committee. As Chair of this committee, Rep. Moore’s impact on public policy has been tremendous. Under his leadership we have moved Kentucky towards meeting the needs of our active duty and retired armed services and embracing military partnerships. He is a man of deep faith. We understand that he has been led to a higher calling and wish him the absolute best in this next chapter.”

Moore is the second state representative this year to resign in the middle of their term.

Rep. Diane St. Onge, R-Park Hills, who represented parts of Boone and Kenton counties, announced from the floor during July’s special legislative session that she intended to step down since she had recently gotten married and was going to move to California. However, she did not submit her letter to Bevin until Aug. 12.

The special election to fill that vacancy will also be held Nov. 5.

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