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Why Lexington's new state senator lives in Western Kentucky

The change was met with anger by the incumbent, who's represented Lexington in the General Assembly for many years.

"it's a shame...it is a shame," said Sen. Kathy Stein during the redistricting debate on the Senate floor Wednesday.

Yet the redistricting plan approved by lawmakers will effectively end Stein's position in Lexington. She has no plans on moving to northeastern Kentucky, where her district is being moved to. Dorsey Ridley, who is from Henderson will be the Senator for the new district 4, which includes downtown Lexington and the UK campus.

"The President of the Senate, David Williams, has been able to take Sen. Stein out of the Senate by a simple stroke of the pen," said Sen. Ridley, D-Henderson.

Ridley says he didn't ask for the change and actually voted against the bill.

"The only thing I can do is do the best for both areas of Kentucky and I look forward to that opportunity," said Sen. Ridley.

Mayor Jim Gray said in a statement that he is "committed to working with all of our representatives, and to reaching out to Kathy's constituents to help Senator Ridley make sure their voices are heard in Frankfort."

Ridley won't face re-election until 2014 and he has no plans to move to Lexington. But says he believes he can serve constituents in both areas.

"I've already had communication with Mayor Gray's office and his staff. We're going to do what we can to move Lexington forward," he said.

Ridley says he'll also look to Stein to help in representing his new area.


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