Magazine names Kentucky Senate Speaker Robert Stivers a senior official in the country

Kentucky Senate Speaker Robert Stivers was named one of the country’s nine Public Officials of the Year by Governor magazine.

Stivers, R-Manchester, was nominated for the award by the magazine’s editors. The magazine has honored each year since 1994 representatives of national and local governments for their achievements.

The publication praises Stivers for his bipartisan work since assuming the role of Speaker of the Senate in 2013.

The landmark legislation that was passed during Stivers’ presidency includes bills to tackle prescription drug and heroin abuse, and funding for a new cancer research center at the University of Kentucky.

“It is an honor to receive this award on behalf of our work in the legislature,” Stivers said in a statement. “We are fortunate to have so many dedicated servants in the Kentucky General Assembly who were ready to put politics aside and do what was best for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. While there is still a lot of work to be done, I am very grateful to my colleagues and staff for their work on important pieces of legislation. It has been a great year.

Stivers was named this year incoming chair of the Southern Legislative Conference, which is scheduled to hold its annual meeting in Lexington in 2016. Stivers will also serve as chair of the Council on State Governments in 2018.

Stivers will travel to Washington, DC next month to receive the award. He represents the 25th District, which encompasses the counties of Clay, Knox, Lee, Owsley, Whitley and Wolfe.

This story was originally published November 17, 2015 13:12.

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