State Senator Bob Leeper

1:55 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Kentucky State Sen. Bob Leeper Won't Seek Re-Election

Bob Leeper
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Kentucky state Sen. Bob Leeper says he will not run for re-election in 2014.

The Paducah independent said the decision to step away from office was difficult.

“It’s a complete change of course, so it’s not easy to do, but it comes a time when you realize it’s time and you should give somebody else a chance," Leeper said. "There’s a lot of good people out here I think that may step up and run, and I look forward to seeing who makes that decision.”

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5:36 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

University Bonding Projects Bill Steps Away from Becoming Law

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A bill authorizing more than $360 million in bonds for university projects is just steps away from becoming a reality.

House Bill 7 allows six of the state's eight public universities to use bonds and other means to fund projects like building renovations, construction and renovations to Commonwealth Stadium.  And it passed the Senate budget committee unanimously Thursday.

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9:55 am
Fri November 23, 2012

Bob Leeper, an Independent, Makes Case to be Next Kentucky Senate President

State Sen. Bob Leeper
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Kentucky’s lone independent state senator says his record as budget chairman is the reason he should be the next state Senate president. 

Originally a Democrat, Leeper made the switch to the GOP in 2000, before becoming an Independent later that decade. He may be the one state senator who can say he has literally worked with each side of the aisle in Frankfort.

Now, he’s hoping to convince Senate Republicans to make him the next president of the chamber, because he has been a loyal GOP caucus member and budget chairman.

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