Jeff Hoover ’82 named Speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives

Posted by Centre News in Alumni, Politics 01 Dec 2016

ky-flag-headerUpon being honored as a distinguished alumnus at Homecoming 2012, Jeff Hoover ’82 said that Centre College “open[ed] up my eyes to what I really wanted to do, and it gave me an avenue to try to achieve that goal.” Hoover will continue to pursue those goals in his new role as Speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives.

Jeff Hoover '82

Jeff Hoover ’82

Hoover, who was elected unanimously by the Republican caucus for the position of Speaker, has served in the Kentucky House of Representatives since 1996 and is the longest-serving Republican Floor Leader in state history.

Hoover has been widely praised for taking quick and decisive action in his new role by appointing a bipartisan transition team, including four Republican and four Democratic former House members who will advise him as he moves forward in revamping policies and rules.

Regarding his decision to look to both parties for counsel, Hoover told the Louisville Courier-Journal, “It’s part of me wanting to set a different tone in the House.”

No stranger to politics, Hoover’s mother and father have previously been elected to represent the same 83rd District he currently serves, which includes Clinton, Cumberland, Pulaski and Russell counties.

A first-generation college student, Hoover earned a degree in government at Centre before going on to receive a J.D. from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in Birmingham, Ala. He is the owner of a private law practice in Jamestown, Ky.

Along with his recognition by Centre as a distinguished alumnus, Hoover has also twice been awarded the Chamber MVP Award Session from the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, thanks to his efforts to support Kentucky businesses during the 2012 and 2014 sessions of the General Assembly.

by Centre College News
December 1, 2016