Rep. Phillip Pratt will not seek re-election

After eight years in the Kentucky State House of Representatives, Rep. Phillip Pratt, R-Georgetown, announced Wednesday that he will not seek re-election.

“I appreciate the opportunity to serve Scott County in the Kentucky House of Representatives. This community is my home, and my constituents are folks I’ve known all my life. I have never forgotten that and don’t ever intend to. However, the time has come to make a change, and I’m looking forward to this next chapter,” Pratt added. “I look forward to finishing my current term and hopefully will have an opportunity to accomplish a few more things before it ends.”

Pratt serves as the Chairman of the House Committee on Small Business and Information Technology and serves as a ranking member of the Agriculture; Economic Development and Workforce Investment; and Licensing, Occupations, and Administrative Regulations committees. Pratt also serves on the Tobacco Settlement Agreement Fund Oversight Committee; the Public Pension Oversight Board; and the Investments in Information Technology Improvement and Modernization Projects Oversight Board.

“Phil certainly leaves Kentucky better off for the work he’s done as a State Representative,” House Speaker David Osborne said. “As a member, he’s worked tirelessly to advocate for his constituents, approaching each vote with careful consideration and holding state programs accountable to both the people they serve and the taxpayers who pay for them. As a committee chair, his legacy will be measured in miles of high-speed internet access, countless unnecessarily burdensome regulations avoided as a result of the KYREINS Act, and the growth of small businesses across the Commonwealth. We’re going to miss Phil’s presence in the House, but also wish him the absolute best.”

Pratt and his wife, Martha Jane, own and operate a small, family business, providing him with a firsthand appreciation for the challenges small businesses face.

“I am proud of what we’ve accomplished over the past six years, including passing legislation that cleared the way for historic investments in economic development, record-low unemployment, and record-breaking state revenue,” Pratt added. “We’ve passed the most responsible budget in modern history, while providing more funding for public education than ever before, investing in broadband access, replacing aging and inadequate water infrastructure, and cleaning up the road budget. Our commonwealth is moving in the right direction.”

Pratt will serve the remainder of his current term, which ends on December 31, 2024.