State Senator Gerald Neal Now Part Of Ky. History

Dec 3, 2014

A state Senator from Louisville has become the first black person elected to a leadership position in the General Assembly.

State Senator Gerald Neal, (D) from Jefferson County
Credit Legislative Research Commission

Senate Democrats elected Sen. Gerald Neal of Louisville as caucus chairman on Monday.  Neal is the first black person elected to a leadership position in the state House or state Senate.

Neal told WDRB TV he is not sure what it means to him personally, but said it is one step forward for the General Assembly. He will help lead a Democratic Caucus that has seen its membership dwindle in recent elections. Neal said he plans to advocate for issues important to Democrats, including raising the minimum wage.

Republican Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer said he respects Neal and looks forward to working with him.