One of the more popular lawmakers in the Kentucky General Assembly won’t be in Frankfort come January, as he has dropped his re-election bid.
Republican State Senator and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Tom Jensen of London says he will instead run for a circuit judgeship in Laurel and Knox counties, which came open when Judge John Mills abruptly announced his resignation with two years left in his term.
Senator Jensen has gained the respect of his peers in both chambers and across party lines for his ability to work with almost anyone to get work done in a culture that often bogs legislation down. Jensen says he’s been in the majority and in the minority and knows how both feel.
Senator Jensen says he had a tough decision to make and decided to go with his heart and run for the judge seat.
The senator worked with House Judiciary Chairman John Tilley of Hopkinsville to get major penal code reform and the so-called “Pill Mill Bill” through both chambers in the last couple years.