Senate President Wants Mongiardo To Vacate Seat

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Now that Daniel Mongiardo will be taking the oath of office as lieutenant governor in about a month, Senate President David Williams wants him to vacate his seat in the Senate immediately.

Mongiardo says he'll keep his seat until he is officially sworn in, however.

The General Assembly starts January eighth, and Williams says if Mongiardo resigns immediately, voters can have a state senator in place to prepare for the session. Mongiardo's district covers Bell, Harlan, Leslie and Perry counties.

Williams released a letter yesterday that he sent to Mongiardo three days after the November sixth election in which Mongiardo won office on the Democratic ticket with Governor-elect Steve Beshear.

Mongiardo responded late yesterday that he'll wait until the inauguration to give up his Senate seat.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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