Commonwealth of Kentucky Senate Majority Leadership Office

For Immediate Release

Contact: John Cox 502-564-3120


FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 11, 2015) – State Senator Chris Girdler (R-Somerset) announced on Thursday that he would not seek reelection to the Kentucky Senate in 2016.

During Girdler’s tenure, which will run through the year 2016, he has already boldly led efforts to promote tourism and economic development. He also has been a fierce promoter of the free enterprise system and encouraging limited government. In 2014, Girdler sponsored the “Boater Freedom Act” which had a tremendously positive impact on tourism efforts at Lake Cumberland.  In addition, Girdler helped form the newly created Tourism Development Subcommittee, which he chairs.

“I regret that Senator Girdler will not seek reelection in 2016,” Senate President Robert Stivers (R-Manchester) said. “Senator Girdler made an immediate and significant impact upon being elected. He has been a valuable asset to our caucus from day one and he truly will be missed. That said, I fully understand the trials and tribulations of being a young man with a young family. I fully support his decision and wish him the best of luck with future endeavors.”

In 2015, Girdler introduced legislation to promote tourism in the Commonwealth by proposing a change to the school calendar.  He also brought forth legislation that would help promote free enterprise and encouraging government entities to operate in full transparency.  Another important piece of legislation that Senator Girdler worked on during the 2015 Session was created to help protect women from domestic and dating violence, and he plans to continue to work on this issue throughout the interim and the 2016 Legislative Session.

“Senator Girdler is a strong advocate for his district and the principles of limited government,” Senate Majority Leader Damon Thayer (R-Georgetown) said. “As his friend, I respect his decision not to seek reelection in the best interests of his family.  As his colleague in the Senate, his passionate conviction and dedication to conservative principles will be missed.  I know he will be working hard for the remainder of his term and on display will be the traits that have made him a great public servant.”

Girdler and his wife own and operate a small investment and consulting company. Girdler has experience in banking and finance and is currently the President of Somerset Christian School’s Foundation.  He previously worked as a Congressional Aide and District Director for Congressman Hal Rogers for six years.  Prior to working for Congressman Rogers, Girdler worked many years as an executive in the houseboat industry based out of Somerset.

“Senator Chris Girdler will be hard to replace,” Senator Joe Bowen (R-Owensboro) said. “Chris has great intellect, backbone and the ability to articulate his message, not to mention he is always on the right side of the issues. He is a man of integrity and the system will be less without him.”

A seventh-generation Pulaski Countian, Girdler is an active fourth-generation member of the First Baptist Church of Somerset. He serves or has served on many boards including The Center for Rural Development Executive Board, Somerset-Pulaski Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Somerset Community College Foundation, Inc. Board of Directors, Mill Springs Battlefield Association Board of Directors, Pulaski County Educational Consortium, Republican Party of Kentucky’s Executive Committee and various bank advisory boards.

“Senator Girdler is a man of tremendous character and an example of servant leadership, setting a high standard for current and future members of the General Assembly,” Senator Whitney Westerfield said. “Chris has been a stalwart voice for his constituents and the people and businesses of Kentucky. While he will be greatly missed in the legislature, I have no doubt Senator Girdler will continue to selflessly serve others.”

Girdler also served as President of the Pulaski County Lincoln Club for three years and as President of the Fifth District Lincoln Club for one year. In addition to his service on the Somerset-Pulaski Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, he served as President of the organization in 2014.

Girdler was the recipient of the 2007 “Young Professional of the Year Award,” given by the

Somerset-Pulaski Chamber of Commerce. He also received the prestigious “Young Alumni of the Year Award” in 2010 given by Eastern Kentucky University.  He is an avid outdoorsman and life member of the NRA.


Note: Senator Chris Girdler (R-Somerset) represents the 15th District encompassing Boyle, Lincoln and Pulaski counties. Senator Girdler currently chairs the Senate’s Tourism Development Committee as well as the Budget Review Subcommittee on Economic Development and Tourism, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection and is Vice-Chair of the Economic Development, Tourism and Labor Committee. He also serves on the Appropriations and Revenue Committee, Agriculture Committee, Banking and Insurance Committee, and the Natural Resources and Energy Committee.  In addition, Girdler is Chairman of the Capital Projects and Bond Oversight Committee. For a high-resolution .jpeg of Senator Girdler, please visit


This week in social media (Jan. 24 – 30)

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