Senate Democrats keep same leaders

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Associated Press

Posted on December 19, 2012 at 10:01 AM

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The minority leaders of the Kentucky Senate will remain the same for two more years.

Senate Democrats have re-elected R.J. Palmer of Winchester as minority floor leader, Johnny Ray Turner of Prestonsburg as minority caucus chairman and Jerry Rhoads of Madisonville as minority whip.

The Lexington Herald-Leader (http://bit.ly/UAfI0d ) reports Denise Harper Angel of Louisville challenged Turner for caucus chair. They were tied after the first vote Monday night in Lexington, but a second vote gave Turner the nod.

The legislature meets Jan. 8 for a 30-day session.

Republicans have a 23-14 majority over Democrats in the Senate, with one independent. Republicans chose their leaders last month.

House Democrats and Republicans are expected to select leaders when the session begins.

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Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, http://www.kentucky.com

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