Special election set for resigned House lawmaker


FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) -- A northern Kentucky lawmaker has officially resigned her House seat and Gov. Matt Bevin has scheduled a special election to fill the vacancy until the 2020 General Assembly.

Rep. Diane St. Onge, R-Park Hills, announced from the floor during July’s special legislative session that she intended to step down, as she had recently gotten married and was going to move out of state, but did not submit her letter to the governor until Monday.

The 63-year-old was first elected in 2012 to the 63rd House District, which includes parts of Boone and Kenton counties, and was in her fourth term. She had been Chair of the House Small Business and Information Technology Committee,

In her letter, she said during that time there have been many changes, “Including House Republicans becoming the Majority Party, as well as the Administration coming under Republican leadership.”

St. Onge included comments to the Governor in the letter. “Much good has been accomplished. There have been seasons of smooth sailing and seasons of turbulent waters, all a necessary function of change.”

She concluded by stating, “I am leaving for California this fall, but will be keeping my home in northern Kentucky, as I have every intention of returning here to live and work.”

St. Onge graduated from Northern Kentucky University and earned her JD from NKU’s Salmon P. Chase College of law.

Bevin has set the special election to fill the last year of St. Onge’s term for Tuesday, Nov. 5, the day of the General Election, so residents of the 63rd House District will not be without representation during the 2020 General Assembly. However, the seat will be vacant if another special session is called before the end of the year.

In accordance with state law, the Governor’s executive order setting the special election was filed with the Kentucky Secretary of State's office and was also forwarded to the sheriffs of Kenton and Boone counties.


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