Jeff Hoover

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Jeffrey H. "Jeff" Hoover

Speaker of the Kentucky
House of Representatives
In office
January 5, 2017 – November 5, 2017 (resignation)
Preceded by Greg Stumbo
Succeeded by David Osborne (interim)

Minority Leader of the Kentucky
House of Representatives 
In office
January 2, 2001 – January 5, 2017
Succeeded by Rocky Adkins

Kentucky State Representative for District 83 (Clinton, Pulaski,
and Russell counties)
Assumed office 
January 1997

Born January 18, 1960
Albany, Clinton County
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Karyn L. Hoover 
Children Blair, Ryan, and Evan Hoover 
Alma mater Centre College
Cumberland School of Law
Religion Baptist

Jeffrey H. Hoover, known as Jeff Hoover (born January 18, 1960), is a state representative from Kentucky's 83rd District, which encmpasses Clinton, Pulaski, and Russell counties in the southern portion of the commonwealth. He was Speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives for nine months, from January 5 to November 5, 2017.

Hoover vacated the Speakership after the media reported that he tried to keep confidential a sexual harassment complaint which he had settled privately with a former member of his staff. Governor Matt Bevin had called upon officials to step down if involved in sexual harassment matters. At first Hoover defied the governor, but after a day he vacated the Speakership but indicated that he would continue as a state representative.[1]

Before his stint as Speaker, Hoover had a lengthy commitment as the House Republican Minority Leader, with service from 2001 to 2017. He was first elected to the state House in 1996 and took office in January 1997.

Hoover was born in Albany in Clinton County in southern Kentucky just north of the Tennessee state line to Welby and Mae Hoover. His father died as a representative-elect for his district, and his mother won a special election to succeed her husband for one term in the state House. Hoover is a graduate of Centre College in Danville, Kentucky, and the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. He practices law in Jamestown in Russell County, also in the mid-southern portion of his state. For many years he has  been the city attorney in both Jamestown and Liberty in Casey County in south central Kentucky. In 2007, he was an unsuccessful nominee for lieutenant governor of Kentucky, losing to the Democrat Daniel Mongiardo. The governor elected that year was the outgoing lieutenant governor, the Democrat Steve Beshear.[2]

Hoover is a Baptist. He and his wife, Karyn, have three daughters, Blair, Ryan, and Evan Hoover.[2]

In most of his state House races, Hoover ran without opposition in either the Republican primary or the general election.[3] Hoover is a member of these House committees: (1) Committee on Committees, (2) Interim Joint Committee on Judiciary, (3) Legislative Research Commission, (4) Rules.[2]

In 2009, Representative Hoover voted for an increase in alcohol and tobacco sales taxes, a measure which cleared the House, 66-34. On February 4, 2010, he voted against the approved legislation which bans texting and underage cell phone use while driving, but on April 1 he reversed that position on final passage of the legislation. He voted to extend voting rights to certain felons, a measure approved by the House,  83-16, but on final passage of that measure did not vote. In 2012, he voted against requiring seat belts in passenger vans but the measure passed the House, 61-33. In 2013, he voted for legislation forbidding government from interfering with religious activities in Kentucky. He opposed the approved legislation establishing an electronic ballot transmission system for military and overseas voters. He voted to permit immigrants to remain in a public high school until the age of twenty-three.[4]

In 2014, Hoover voted against an increase in the state minimum wage. He supported the issuance of concealed carry permits for victims of domestic violence. He voted to permit the court to expunge felony convictions from the crime record. In 2015, he voted to prohibit smoking in public places; the bill passed the House, 51-46; smokers are particularly numerous in his tobacco-growing state. In 2017, as Speaker, Hoover voted that Kentucky women must obtain an ultrasound twenty-four hours prior to scheduling an abortion.[4]

Five days after his resignation as Speaker, Hoover was hospitalized for a heart-related problem. He also has diabetes.[5]


  1. Jack Brammer and Beth Musgrave (November 5, 2017). Jeff Hoover resigns as Speaker of Kentucky House of Representatives. Retrieved on November 5, 2017.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Jeff Hoover's Biography. Project Vote Smart. Retrieved on November 5, 2017.
  3. Jeffrey Hoover. Retrieved on November 5, 2017.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Jeff Hoover's Voting Records. Project Vote Smart. Retrieved on November 5, 2017.
  5. Former Kentucky Speaker hospitalized following resignation. Retrieved on November 10, 2017.