Worley won’t seek re-election; may consider bid for secretary of state

January 20, 2010 | | Comments 12
State Senate Minority Leader Ed Worley, D-Richmond

State Senate Minority Leader Ed Worley, D-Richmond

FRANKFORT — Senate Minority Leader Ed Worley, D-Richmond, said Wednesday that he will not seek re-election to the state Senate after serving in the chamber since 1999.

Worley said people are encouraging him to run for secretary of state next year but it’s too early to say if he will take that advice.

“I’m trying now to serve in the Senate and finish out my term the best that I can,” said Worley, 53, a general contractor.

Worley said potential opponents in a Senate race this year were not a factor in his decision not to seek re-election.

Worley represents the 34th Senate District, which includes Madison, Lincoln and Rockcastle counties.

In a statement from his office, Worley said, “Representing three counties, serving as the Senate Democratic floor leader and running a small business in a bad economy is more than good reason or good health can handle.

“I love the Senate. It has been an education that you cannot buy. I think my time here has been beneficial to the 34th district and all of Kentucky.”

Worley started his public service in 1978 as an intern to Richmond City Manager David Graham.

At 22, he was named Richmond’s city manager, a position he held for 14 years.

After being elected to the state Senate in 1998, Worley was elected Democratic floor leader in 2003.

“Though I will miss being involved in the Senate and working for the people of my district, I look forward to spending time with my family,” Worley said.

–Jack Brammer

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  1. Richmond says:

    Senator Worley will be missed. I can’t wait to vote Worley for Sec. of State

  2. IS this a surprise??? says:

    It’s no wonder KY is 3rd in corruption in America with people like Ed Worley as our “public servant”.

    He’s used his political office for his financial gain with his sweet real estate deals.

    Why would he be concerned with serving the public anymore, he’s served himself.

  3. Doo-dah! Doo-dah! says:

    Good. Another incumbent down. Keep at ’em boys and girls, until we cleanse Frankfort and Washington of all incumbents.

  4. lobby says:

    Can you say paid political hack. check him out.

    Dont worry his copntractor friends will take care of him.

  5. daniel says:

    The Scott Brown election has sent trembles through every state capitol. Does this spell serious trouble for The Gov’s agenda?
    Who can lead the Democrats in the Senate?Perhaps Jerry Rhodes? This is a difficult position for the Democrats. Ed was the brightess bulb in his parties box in the Senate.

  6. Jason says:


    Let’s don’t forget that this guy likes to NOT PLAY BY THE RULES and had that whole mess with the lease issue and being the “only building” to meet specs for the Family Court.

    He was only CLEARED because it didn’t violate the “ethics rules” as they stand (he definitely violated the SPIRIT of the the rules).

    This guy epitomizes everything that is WRONG with a leader.

  7. citizen says:

    If we do let this political hack do anything in government again kentucky deserves the corruption they have in government throughout the state.Wake up people!

  8. Marion County says:

    Im a democrat and pleased with this news. Worley is part of the problem. His sweetheart deals are disgusting.

  9. Jim Anderson Stivers says:

    The Gaul of IT ALL. A man that has been involved in questionable ethical practices with the state . . .says, . . . so what . . . now I want to be elected to . . . whatever!

    At least this presents an opportunity to rid our government of one more cronie and porker . . . pork especially for his own interest.

    What shame . . .no shame . . .no crime.

    If you believe in the TOOTH FAIRY.

  10. Jim Anderson Stivers says:

    I wonder whom Governor Beshear will award the contract to lease a EMS building in Richmond.?


    Not exactly.

    Same guy . . . . similar situation.

  11. jims right says:

    The common thread is the attorney. The same attorney that is Worleys business partmer is the banking partner of the other contractor. Nice little deal for the attorney. Just keepin it in the family so to speak.