FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - A longtime member of the Kentucky State Legislature will not run for another term.
State Representative Jody Richards, a Democrat, made the announcement on Monday. He has served the 20th House District for more than 40 years. He spent 14 of those years as Speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives, which is a record. He also served as House Speaker Pro Tempore from 2015 to 2017.
"It has been an unbelievable honor to represent the wonderful Bowling Green-Warren County community in the Kentucky General Assembly for more than 42 years," Representative Richards said in a press release. "I believe the secret of our success is that our local and state officials and our educational and business leaders have worked so well together to make this the best community anywhere. On a more personal note, I want to extend the warmest thanks to the voters of the 20th District for allowing me to represent them in state government for so long. It has meant the world to me."
Representative Richards is a longtime member of the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce. He's also a Chamber Ambassador. He is active in the Bowling Green Noon Rotary Club and Post 23 of the American Legion. He is also a member of the Advisory Board for the Center For Gifted Studies, which includes the Gatton Academy and WKU's Nursing External Advisory Committee.
Representative Richards and as his wife, Neva, have a son, Roger, and one granddaugher.