James Cecil "Jimmy" Higdon, Jr. (born July 15, 1953) is a Republican member of the Kentucky State Senate from District 14, which encompasses Marion, Mercer, Nelson, Taylor, and Washington counties in central Kentucky.
A native and resident of Lebanon, Kentucky, Higdon won a special election for the state senate held on December 8, 2009, when he defeated the Democrat Jodie Haydon of Bardstown, who like Higdon is a former member of the Kentucky House of Representatives. The vacancy occurred when the Republican Senator Dan Kelly accepted an appointment as a district judge from Democratic Governor Steve Beshear. Higdon was then elected to a full four-year term on November 2, 2010; his current term extends to December 31, 2014.
Higdon is the oldest of seven children of James Cecil and Alice Higdon of Lebanon, Kentucky. In 1971, he graduated from Marion County High School. In 1975, he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in industrial arts technology with a minor in business administration from Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky. Upon graduation from college, Higdon was commissioned a second lieutenant in the United States Army. He his officer course at Fort Lee, Virginia. In 1976, he returned to Lebanon to become a partner in Key Market, subsequently renamed Higdon’s Foodtown IGA, which closed in 2011. He also owns and operates Higdon's Appliance Center.
Higdon is chairman of the Transportation subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations and Revenue Committee. He is a member of the Kentucky Grocers Association Board and the Marion County Economic Development Board. He is a former board member of the Lebanon Housing Authority and the Marion County Chamber of Commerce.
In 2002, 2004, 2006, and 2008, Higdon was elected to the House from District 24, which includes Marion, Casey, and a portion of Pulaski counties. Thereafter, he was elected to the Senate. Higdon's House seat was won by a Democrat, Terry Mills, also from Higdon's Lebanon, Kentucky. Higdon is a recipient of the Joe Kelly Education Award from the Kentucky Department of Education and holds the "Friend of Education" designation from the Kentucky School Board Association. In 2008, Higdon was endorsed by the Kentucky Education Association.
Senator Higdon is pro-life and a supporter of the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution, having been previously endorsed by both Kentucky Right to Life and the National Rifle Association. In 2010, Higdon tackled a shoplifter in his Foodtown store.
In 2012 Higdon introduced Senate Bill 158, which would exempt Kentuckians from state laws which contradict the individual's religious beliefs.
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