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Hoover Chosen By GOP Colleagues To Be Next House Speaker

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Longtime state Rep. Jeff Hoover has been selected by his Republican colleagues to become Kentucky's first GOP House speaker in nearly a century when lawmakers convene in January.

The newly elected House majority GOP caucus met behind closed doors at the Capitol on Thursday to unanimously select Hoover for the top leadership post.

It comes two days after Republicans won control of the House.

Republicans will hold a commanding 64-36 majority.

Hoover has served 20 years in the House and spent 16 of them as minority leader.

He calls his selection as the next House speaker the "highest honor" of his life.

Hoover says he looks forward to working with Republican Gov. Matt Bevin and the GOP-led Senate to make decisions to "move Kentucky in a new and better direction."