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December 19, 2019 1:47pm

Advocacy into Action: Senate President Robert Stivers Previews #KYGA20

Speaking before a sold-out crowd of business, civic, and community leaders, Kentucky State Senate President Robert Stivers stressed the need to bridge the Commonwealth’s urban-rural divide and previewed the upcoming 2020 state legislative session. 

Stivers’ remarks capped off GLI’s Advocacy into Action event, presented by Ford, on December 17. At the event, GLI unveiled its 2020 State Legislative Agenda and recognized its 2019 Most Valuable Policymakers – a group of lawmakers who supported GLI’s legislative priorities and championed key GLI initiatives in the 2019 session. 

President Stivers honed in on the importance of identifying ways to bridge the urban-rural divide, one of the most pervasive dynamics in Kentucky politics and public policy. Often seen it at odds with one another, Stivers argued that the Commonwealth’s urban and rural regions are, in fact, closely connected and depend on each other for growth and progress. He noted that many rural Kentucky residents are key contributors to the economies of urban regions like greater Louisville, while at the same time growth in urban regions has a positive ripple effect in surrounding rural areas. Underscoring this point, Stivers repeated, “For Kentucky to be strong, Louisville needs to be strong.”

Looking ahead to the 2020 session, Stivers highlighted the fiscal difficulties awaiting the Commonwealth in 2021 and 2022 and how these factors will shape the forthcoming biennial budget. At the same time, however, he stated that lawmakers would pursue a range of “pro-jobs” initiatives, hitting on education, health care, and workforce development. 

Read more about GLI’s 2020 legislative priorities and GLI’s 2019 Most Valuable Policymakers.

More about Senate President Robert Stivers

President Stivers has served in the Kentucky General Assembly since 1997 and represents the 25th Senate District in southeastern Kentucky. He has served as Senate President since 2012. In 2015, President Stivers was honored by Governing Magazine as a Public Official of the Year for his work in the General Assembly. He served as the Chairman of the Southern Legislative Conference in 2016 and, in 2018, served as national Chairman of the Council of State Governments. President Stivers graduated from the University of Kentucky, with a degree in industrial management and a minor in economics, and earned his law degree from the University of Louisville.