Bob Leeper

10:06 am
Tue February 18, 2014

West Ky Native V.S. Small Business Manager- Stage Set for 2nd District Senate Primary

David Hoffman
Credit Lance Dennee

With just 90 days to the primary election contest, candidates for Kentucky’s second district State Senate seat are campaigning for their party’s nomination. Retired law enforcement officer David Hoffman and Danny Carroll mingled among other state and local GOP candidates in Paducah last night.

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5:20 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

McCracken Schools Chairman Parker Running for State Senate


McCracken County Public Schools board chairman Jeff Parker says he will run for the second district state Senate seat being vacated by Bob Leeper.

Parker is a Democrat and joins Republicans Danny Carroll and Dave Hoffman in the race to replace Leeper, who has represented Ballard, McCracken and Marshall counties for more than 20 years.

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2:00 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Carroll Announces Bid For 2nd District State Senate Seat

Carroll (left)
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  Another republican has emerged to run for Kentucky's second district state senate seat.

CEO of Easter Seals West Kentucky Danny Carrol said he'll file his candidacy papers in early January to run for current senator Bob Leeper's soon to be vacant seat.

The Marshall county resident will face fellow republican Dave Hoffman in the May primary.  

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10:55 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Leeper Won't Seek Re-Election

Kentucky’s second district state Sen. Bob Leeper says he will not run for re-election in 2014.

The Paducah independent says the decision to step away from office was difficult.

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State Budget
1:08 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Kentucky Senators Expect 2014 Budget To Be A Difficult One

FRANKFORT— Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester (left), confers with Senate Democratic Floor Leader R.J. Palmer, D-Winchester, prior to the start of the day's legislative session in the Kentucky Senate.
Credit Kentucky LRC

In just over four months lawmakers will be back in Frankfort for a full 60 day session.  This winter, legislators must approve a new two year budget.  While the state finished last year with a budget surplus, Senate Appropriations and Revenue Committee Chair Bob Leeper doesn’t anticipate any big increase in state revenue.  So, Leeper says building a budget will remain difficult.

“There’s so many factors that are affecting us, what’s happening in the eastern Kentucky coal fields, loss of jobs there, loss of income for people to go out and buy goods.  There’s any number of issues going on worldwide, nationwide that we can’t control,” said Leeper.

House Budget Committee Chair Rick Rand sounds a similar tone.  He said the growth predicted by state experts is not as “robust” as they had hoped.

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2013 KY General Assembly
6:08 am
Fri February 15, 2013

University Bonding Projects Bill Steps Away from Becoming Law


A bill authorizing more than $360 million in bonds for university projects is just steps away from becoming a reality.

House Bill 7 allows six of the state's eight public universities to use bonds and other means to fund projects like building renovations, construction and renovations to Commonwealth Stadium.  And it passed the Senate budget committee unanimously Thursday.

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4:11 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Leeper Not Suprised He was Passed Over for Senate President Nomination

Independent state Senator Bob Leeper of Paducah says he knew his failed bid for the senate presidency was a long shot, but he wanted to give senate members a choice.  He says his lack of party affiliation likely factored into his failed nomination.

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7:20 am
Tue November 27, 2012

KY Senate Republicans to Choose Leaders

Kentucky’s Republican state senators will choose that chamber’s next president today in Frankfort. GOP Floor Leader Robert Stivers and independent Senator Bob Leeper are candidates for the position. The chamber’s former president David Williams resigned to accept a judicial appointment in southern Kentucky.

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10:47 am
Fri November 23, 2012

Ky. Senate Republican Leaders to Caucus on Next Senate President

Credit Kentucky Senate courtesy Commonwealth of Kentucky

Senate Republican leaders meet next week to caucus on Kentucky's next Senate president. The Courier-Journal reports the GOP meet Tuesday to vote on who they support in the role: Republican Sen. Robert Stivers, who has served as floor leader for the past four years, or Independent Sen. Bob Leeper, who has served as Senate budget committee chairman.

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6:00 am
Fri November 23, 2012

Bob Leeper, an Independent, Makes Case to be Next Kentucky Senate President

Kentucky’'s lone Independent state senator says his record as budget chairman is the reason he should be the next state Senate president.

Originally a Democrat, Leeper made the switch to the GOP in 2000, before becoming an Independent later that decade. He may be the one state senator who can say he has literally worked with each side of the aisle in Frankfort.

Now, he'’s hoping to convince Senate Republicans to make him the next president of the chamber, because he has been a loyal GOP caucus member and budget chairman.

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