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Magazine names Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers a top public official in nation

Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester
Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester

Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers has been named one of the country’s nine public officials of the year by Governing magazine.

Stivers, R-Manchester, was nominated for the award by the magazine’s editors. The magazine has honored individual state and local government officials for their accomplishments every year since 1994.

The publication commends Stivers for his bipartisan work since assuming the role of Senate president in 2013.

Landmark legislation that has passed during Stivers’ presidency include bills to address abuse of prescription drugs and heroin, and providing funding for a new cancer research center at the University of Kentucky.

“It is an honor to receive this award on behalf of our work in the legislature,” Stivers said in a statement. “We are fortunate to have so many dedicated servants in the Kentucky General Assembly who were willing to put aside politics and do what was best for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. While there is still plenty of work to be done, I am very thankful to my colleagues and staff for their work on significant pieces of legislation. It has been a great year.”

Stivers was appointed this year as the incoming chairman of the Southern Legislative Conference, which is to hold its annual meeting in Lexington in 2016. Stivers also will be chairman of the Council on State Governments in 2018.

Stivers will travel to Washington, D.C., next month to receive the award. He represents the 25th District, which encompasses Clay, Knox, Lee, Owsley, Whitley and Wolfe counties.

Jack Brammer: (502) 227-1198, @BGPolitics