Longtime member of the Kentucky House of Representatives Danny Ford announced his retirement earlier this week.
The democrat of Mount Vernon is the longest serving representative in the Republican Party since 1900.
Danny Ford was first elected to the Kentucky House of Representatives in 1982.
Currently, he is serving his fifteenth term in office.
Representative Ford has seen a lot of legislation passed, but serving the people of Rockcastle, Lincoln and Pulaski Counties has been his greatest accomplishment.
“All the buildings and the bricks and mortar are good, the roads are good, the waterlines are wonderful, but when you see the individual help that you have helped with that is even more important,” Ford said.
Frustrations with the new redistricting legislation along with minor health problems helped him make the decision to retire.
“It doesn't make a lot of sense to put districts like Jackson County in with McCreary County when you take a shoe string to tie them together through Laurel County. It's just not in the best interest of the people,” Ford said.
Despite those frustrations, he says he'll miss the office he has held for more than thirty years.
“It has been a part of my life for the last 31 years. I will miss it and I will miss the people,” Ford said.
People who are certain to miss him and the mark he left on the region.
While in office, Representative Ford has held the position of republican floor leader.
He currently serves as house republican whip.