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Frankfort Democrat Derrick Graham to not seek reelection

By: - December 8, 2023 1:03 pm

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Kentucky House Democratic Caucus Leader Derrick Graham will not run for reelection in 2024, he announced Friday. 

Graham, a Frankfort Democrat, said in a statement that, “I feel strongly that now is the time to give someone else the chance to be our next state representative, a job I have loved since first being elected in 2002.” 

Derrick Graham (LRC photo)

“Whether in office or out, I will never stop doing all I can for the community I love and that made me who I am today,” Graham said. “There’s no better place to work, live and – as I’ll soon find out – retire.”

Several of Graham’s colleagues have made similar announcements that they’re leaving state government in recent days. They include Sen. Denise Harper Angel, D-Louisville, Rep. Josie Raymond, D-Louisville, and Rep. Kevin Bratcher, R-Louisville. 

Graham will “enjoy retirement” with his wife, Mildred, he said. 

Being an elected official takes a lot of your time, and your family pays that price as well,” he said.  “I promised my wife that I would begin to scale that back so we can truly enjoy our retirement, and this decision will fulfill that goal.”   

Graham made history in 2022 when he became the first Black Kentuckians to head a House of Representatives legislative caucus. 


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Sarah Ladd
Sarah Ladd

Sarah Ladd is a Louisville-based journalist from West Kentucky who's covered everything from crime to higher education. She spent nearly two years on the metro breaking news desk at The Courier Journal. In 2020, she started reporting on the COVID-19 pandemic and has covered health ever since. As the Kentucky Lantern's health reporter, she focuses on mental health, LGBTQ+ issues, children's welfare, COVID-19 and more.