A state lawmaker from Brandenburg plans to run for House Speaker Pro Tem when the Kentucky General Assembly convenes in January.
Representative Jeff Greer is sending out letters Friday to his Democratic colleagues announcing his plans to run for the leadership post.
Elected in 2007, he represents Meade and portions of Bullitt and Hardin counties. Greer told WKU Public Radio that joining House leadership would be good for his constituents.
"Normally, the leadership team gets the last look at the budget before it comes up for a vote," explained Greer. "You get to negotiate with the Senate on the budget, and that's a huge responsibility."
The pro tem position became vacant this week when Representative Larry Clark of Louisville announced he’s stepping aside from the post he’s held since 1993.
Democrats maintained their 54-46 advantage in the Kentucky House in last week’s election. Leadership elections will take place on the first day of the 2015 legislative session which is set for January 6.