Longtime State Rep. Ruth Ann Palumbo Will Not Seek Re-Election

Lexington Democratic Rep. Ruth Ann Palumbo has decided she will leave the legislature after 34 years in the state House of Representatives.

“After much prayer and consideration, I have decided not to seek an eighteenth term in the Kentucky House of Representatives,” Palumbo announced on Thursday. “ I will be forever grateful for the trust my constituents have given me to work on issues that affect all of us.  I thank my family and friends for encouraging and always supporting me.”

In a statement sent to media, Palumbo said, “Passing legislation to help women, children, families, the elderly, consumers and small business has made me proud.  Working with ‘The Ladies of the House,’ The Women’s Health Act of 1998 was passed, which required insurance companies to cover reconstruction surgery following a mastectomy.”

Palumbo served as the House Economic Development Chair for twenty years under Democratic control. As the chair, she said she was able to “promote our signature industries.  In the budget, my colleagues and I secured funding to refurbish Rupp Arena and develop Coldstream Park.”

“As I complete my term in 2024, it will have been my great honor to have served the people of the 76th Legislative District and the Commonwealth of Kentucky for thirty-four years,” she said.