State Representative Jeff Hoover
House Republican Floor Leader
State Representative Jeff Hoover was elected to serve in the Kentucky House of Representatives in 1996 and is currently serving his sixth term representing the people of Clinton and Russell Counties and a portion of Pulaski County.
Representative Hoover has a unique distinction in his family. Both of his parents were elected to serve in the legislature. His father, Welby, was elected in 1986 but died just weeks before he was to take office. Hoover’s mother, Mae, then won a special election and served for two years.
Hoover was elected to a Leadership position in 1999 when, after just one term in the House, he was chosen by his colleagues to serve as House Minority Caucus Chair. In January of 2001, he was elected to serve as House Minority Floor Leader and continues to serve in that capacity.
As Floor Leader, Hoover has distinguished himself as a versatile leader dedicated to placing people, not politics first in public policy. He is a well-respected member of the Interim Joint Committee on Judiciary, the Legislative Committee on Committees, Rules Committee and a member of the Legislative Research Commission. Under Hoover’s leadership, House Republicans have enjoyed considerable political success and a higher profile on the state level.
A 1982 graduate of Centre College and a 1987 graduate of Cumberland School of Law, Hoover is a member of the First Baptist Church of Russell Springs, Russell County Jaycees, and Russell County Athletic Boosters.
An attorney with a private practice, Hoover lives in Jamestown with his wife Karyn and daughters Blair, Ryan and Evan.
State Representative Bob DeWeese
House Republican Caucus Chair
Rep. Bob DeWeese, retired General Surgeon, began his service to the General Assembly being elected to begin serving the House of Representatives of the Kentucky State Legislature as of January, 1993.
Now in his eighth term of service to the citizens of the 48th District, Rep. DeWeese, has earned seniority and the respect of his fellow legislators. He continues to devote himself to improving the efficiency and the quality of state services for Kentuckians. He is Vice Chair of the important and powerful Appropriations and Revenue Committee; Vice Chair of the Health and Welfare Committee, which oversees most adult and children's services and the state Medicaid program; and serves as Vice Chair of the Economic Development and Tourism Committee; and is a member of the House Subcommittee for Energy. His past committee work includes membership of the Local Government; Cities; Seniors, Veterans, Military Affairs & Public Protection; and Energy Committees.
Bob assumed an important Leadership position in 2001 when members of the House Minority Caucus elected him as their Chairman. He is presently serving his fourth two-year term as Caucus Chairman.
Rep. DeWeese plays a pivotal role in the Republican Caucus and as a member of the Legislative Research Commission, which is the committee of leadership members of both the House and Senate that oversees the organization and legislative workings of the Kentucky General Assembly.
On the local scene, Dr. Bob, as he is affectionately known to many, is an active member of the Downtown Rotary Club of Louisville; Past President and Member of the Jefferson County Medical Society, the Kentucky Medical Association and the Louisville Surgical Society. His efforts are well known in support of highway improvements, children's programs, the Arts, education, the University, the city infrastructure, safety, and continued economic development.
Sharing his expertise and staying current on Federal Issues, Rep. DeWeese serves by appointment of the Speaker of the House as a member of the Environment and Natural Resources Committee of the National Conference of State Legislatures and is an alternate member for the Southern Legislative Conference Human Services and Public Safety Committee.
An Alumnus of both the Big Blue and Cardinal Red Universities, Bob earned his BS from the University of Kentucky in 1957; graduated from the University of Louisville School of Medicine in 1961; University of Louisville Surgical Training, 1966; Surgical Board, 1967; Clinical Professor, University of Louisville.
Bob and his wife, Angie, live on Glen Hill Road in Eastern Jefferson County, Louisville, Kentucky.
State Representative John 'Bam' Carney
House Republican Whip
State Representative John 'Bam' Carney was elected to the Kentucky House of Representatives in 2008 and currently represents Adair and Taylor County in the 51st District. He elected to his first term as House Republican Whip in 2013.
Carney is a teacher in the Taylor County School System, and also has more than 16 years experience coaching basketball and football at the middle and high school levels. He has previously served on site-based councils at Taylor County High School and in Washington County.
Carney holds a B.A. in Living History from Berea College, a M.A. in Instructional Leadership from Eastern Kentucky University, and a teaching certificate from Campbellsville University. In addition to his role in House Republican Leadership, Carney is also vice chair of the House Education Committee and serves on the House Appropriations and Revenue Committee, House Rules Committee, House State Government Committee, and the House Budget Review Subcommittee on Primary and Secondary Education
Carney resides in Campbellsville and is the proud father of two sons, Chase and Ethan.