Stumbo Endorsed For House Speaker

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Democratic lawmakers have endorsed former
Attorney General Greg Stumbo to become House speaker.

The endorsement came during a private meeting Tuesday, the first day of the 2009 legislative session. It gives Stumbo the support necessary to unseat longtime House Speaker Jody Richards in what is arguably one of the three most powerful political positions in Frankfort.

In Kentucky, Democrats traditionally meet privately to select their candidates for speaker and other leadership positions, then vote as a bloc on the House floor, leaving the GOP with little say.

The floor vote is scheduled for Wednesday.

Stumbo served in the House from 1980 to 2004, all but five of those years as majority floor leader. Richards has been a state representative since 1976 and speaker since 1995.

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