House Democratic Leader Announces Retirement

After decades in public service Kentucky House Democratic Caucus Leader Derrick Graham announced on Friday that he would not seek another term serving his Franklin County District.

Graham has spent more than two decades as Franklin County’s state representative, and most of the 1990s as a Frankfort city commissioner.

“For more than 30 years now, the people of Frankfort and Franklin County have given me the privilege to be their voice in both local and state offices, and I have used that opportunity to advocate on their behalf and to protect and promote our state and local government workers and public education,” Rep. Graham said.  “However, I feel strongly that now is the time to give someone else the chance to be our next state representative, a job I have loved since first being elected in 2002.   Whether in office or out, I will never stop doing all I can for the community I love and that made me who I am today.  There’s no better place to work, live, and – as I’ll soon find out – retire.”

In addition to his current role as caucus leader, Rep. Graham previously served as House Democratic Caucus Chair, and from 2013 to 2016, he chaired the Kentucky House Education Committee. 

Graham was Frankfort’s mayor pro tem throughout his time on the Frankfort City Commission, a tenure that ran from 1992 to 2000.  In the late 1970s, while attending Kentucky State University, he was also the student representative on the university’s Board of Regents. 

After his term as a state legislator is complete, a little more than a year from now, Rep. Graham said he and his wife Mildred plan to enjoy retirement.  “Being an elected official takes a lot of your time, and your family pays that price as well,” Rep. Graham said.  “I promised my wife that I would begin to scale that back so we can truly enjoy our retirement, and this decision will fulfill that goal.”