Sen. Damon Thayer
Going to a third ballot, Republican Sen. Damon Thayer was named Republican floor leader of the Kentucky Senate in an election held Tuesday night, November 27 replacing Sen. Robert Stivers of Manchester, KY. Sen. Stivers was elected Senate President and replaces Sen. David Williams who was recently named to a judgeship in Southern Kentucky and had an infamously adversorial relationship with Kentucky's horse industry over the issue of expanded gaming. Thayer supported a measure in a bi-partisan effort with Gov. Steve Beshear earlier this year that would have put the issue of expanded gaming on the 2012 ballot allowing the people of Kentucky to vote on the issue. Thayer works as a marketing consultant in the horse industry and has previously held positions with the Breeders' Cup and Turfway Park.