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Civility and Bi-Partisanship in the House Starts at Home

Civility and Bi-Partisanship in the House Starts at Home

Op-ed by Representative Dennis Keene – While most Americans would agree that the political rhetoric and tone of political discussions today are less than civil, the opposite is true with the Northern Kentucky members of the House of Representatives.

Among our 12 members of the Northern Kentucky House Caucus, it’s almost never heard of for members to attack one another or to not join in support on Kentucky’s most important issues.  In fact, just the opposite is found to be true, and is not new.  For several years, my predecessor Jim Callahan, a Democrat, actually roomed with his Kenton County counterpart, Republican Jon Draud.

In my work as a sponsor to toughen DUI laws in Kentucky, I have been honored to have strong support from our Northern Kentucky members, of both parties including Sal Santoro, Alicia Webb-Edgington, Adam Koenig, all Republicans, and Royce Adams and Tom McKee, both Democrats.  During last year’s session, Republican Representatives Addia Wuchner and Sal Santoro joined with me by taking strong steps to support job-creation legislation that would have lead to 500 new nursing home jobs in Campbell and Boone Counties.

This year, Representative Adam Koenig (R-Erlanger) sponsored HB 250 to clarify licensing for home inspections.  I have signed on as a co-sponsor to the bill and will help with the legislative process as it moves through the committee that I chair.  In the past Rep. Koenig and I joined together to eliminate unfair taxes in Campbell County.

Northern Kentucky’s communities operate more like a region than with sharp geographic boundaries.  Without cooperation across county and district lines, the members in the House would not be successful in presenting a united front when it comes to advocating for Northern Kentucky’s projects and fair share.

The best part of the job is working to help people and represent the citizens of Northern Kentucky regardless of county lines and party registration.  During tough economic times and with difficult budget cuts to be made, it is more important than ever that we can work across the partisan divide for the good of the Commonwealth.

Click here to read the editorial that ran in the Campbell County Recorder.

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