Ridley to right state economy, protect education
Dorsey Ridley is running for reelection to the state Senate because he’s always been a pro-public education senator and always will be.
Ridley has represented the state’s 4th District which includes Caldwell, Crittenden, Henderson, Livingston, Union and Webster counties for 14 years.
“Right now, I feel like public education is in danger and under attack,” Ridley said. “Particularly, the teachers and the workers who staff the schools.”
Another vital reason for Ridley’s reelection bid — increasing jobs and strengthening the state’s economy.
“I’m working diligently to increase the number of jobs in western Kentucky and all across the commonwealth,” Ridley said. “I’m looking for finding solutions that we have a better economy in both western Kentucky and all over the state.”
Ridley has overseen an infrastructure project in his district since he started in the Senate.
Concentrated on improving his district, Ridley will work to see its completion.
“We have one common thread in western Kentucky that is of infrastructure nature that needs to be completed. I’ve been a state senator since the beginning of the I-69 project that goes from Henderson all the way to Fulton,” Ridley said.
“We’re coming along with that, but right now we have a project that needs to be completed and we’re starting on it. That is the Interstate-69 bridge between Kentucky and Indiana. I’m trying to see that through to completion.”
Ridley was first elected to the House in 1987.
A native of Henderson, Ridley has served as the Senate Democratic Minority Caucus chair since 2017.
Ridley is a graduate of Western Kentucky University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a minor in agriculture.
He was previously the regional business development director of Independence Bank serving a 12-county market and is a former Henderson County president of Independence Bank.
During his time in the Senate, his committee appointments include Agriculture; Banking and Insurance; State and Local Government, and Transportation committees. He also has served on the Energy Special Subcommittee.
As a member of Senate leadership, he also has a seat on the Legislative Research Commission; Committee on Committees, and Rules committees.
He’s a member of the Kentucky Sportsmen’s Caucus, the Tennessee Valley Authority Caucus and the Western Kentucky Caucus.