Damon Thayer

Senator from the 17th District at Kentucky State Senate

Damon Thayer

Damon Thayer

Senator from the 17th District at Kentucky State Senate

Biography

Damon Thayer (R-Georgetown) was first elected to the Kentucky State Senate in a 2003 special election, representing the citizens of the 17th District, which encompasses Grant, Scott and southern Kenton Counties.

Senator Thayer, chosen in January 2013 as Senate Majority Floor Leader by his peers, helps guide bills through the legislative process on the Senate floor and helps set the policy agenda. Leader Thayer acts on behalf of his party during the proceedings on the Senate floor. As a member of Senate Leadership, Senator Thayer serves on the Committee on Committees, the Rules Committee and the Legislative Research Commission.

Before being elected to his Leadership post, Senator Thayer chaired the Senate State and Local Government Committee since 2005. As chairman, he played a pivotal role in the most significant issues of the day such as pension reform evidenced by his sponsorship of Senate Bill 2 (which passed in 2013), redistricting, election law, special districts, government ethics and transparency.

Senator Thayer is a member of the Scott and Grant Counties Chambers of Commerce, League of Kentucky Property Owners, the National Rifle Association, Kentucky Right to Life, and is a Kentucky Colonel.

Senator Thayer is the former Vice Chairman (1999-2004) of the Republican Party of Kentucky. The Grant County Republican Party honored him for outstanding community service in 2004, and the Scott County Republican Party presented him the Ira & Constance Gray Award for his dedication to Republican Party principles in 2007.

Additionally, in 2006, Senator Thayer received special recognition from the Kentucky Sheriffs Association, “Champion of Quarter Horses in Kentucky” award from the Kentucky Quarter Horse Association, Kentucky Harness Horsemen’s Association Leadership Award, the “Big Hitter Award” from the Kentucky League of Cities, and was inducted into the Grayling High School (MI) Alumni Hall of Fame. In 2007, he was named Scott County 4-H Council “Man of the Year” and received special recognition from the Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners & Breeders Association. Senator Thayer received honors from the Associated General Contractors with the “Legislative Award of Merit” in 2009, along with a “Friend of Industry Award” from the Kentucky Malt Beverage Council. In 2011, Senator Thayer received the “Key to the City” from the cities of Taylor Mill and Independence for his support and leadership in their local communities. He was also named “Friend of Kentucky Cities” by the Kentucky League of Cities in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012. In 2012, Senator Thayer was the recipient of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce’s MVP Award, the Kentucky Harness Horsemen’s Association Presidential Award, and the Kentucky Club for Growth Defender of Economic Freedom Award.

During 2013, Senator Thayer was again recognized by many organizations for his efforts and leadership in the Kentucky Senate. For the second time, he was given the 2013 Big Hitter Award by the Kentucky League of Cities (KLC), the 2013 Distinguished Legislator Award from the Kentucky County Attorneys Association, and he received the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce MVP Award for the second consecutive year, due to his strong support of the business community. Additionally, he was recognized with the Prevent Child Abuse KY's Legislative Champion Award for his work to establish the Child Fatality and Near Fatality Review Panel. For his sponsorship of Senate Bill 2, which reformed the Kentucky Employee Pension System and was passed into law, Sen. Thayer was selected as 23rd on a list of the 40 most influential people in the debate to decide the future of U.S. Pensions, by Institutional Investor Magazine.

Damon Thayer was born on September 16, 1967. He graduated from Michigan State University in 1989 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications. He is the owner of Thayer Communications and Consulting LLC, a marketing communications firm in Georgetown. He has two children, son Daniel and daughter Katie.

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Age

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Damon Thayer
Senator from the 17th District at Kentucky State Senate
Education
Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications
Class of 1989

Michigan State University (MSU) is a public research university located in East Lansing, Michigan, United States and is the first land-grant institution that was created to serve as a model for future land-grant colleges in the country under the 1862 Morrill Act. Michigan State has been labeled one of the "Public Ivies," a publicly funded university considered as providing a quality of education comparable to those of the Ivy League. Following the introduction of the Morrill Act, the college became coeducational and expanded its curriculum beyond agriculture. Today, MSU is the ninth-largest university in the United States, with 47,800 students and 2,954 faculty members.

Career History
Senator from the 17th District
2003 - Current
Vice Chair
1999 - 2004
Political Donations Received
Investments
Awards & Honors
Kentucky Colonel
Other Affiliations

Damon Thayer is affiliated with Kentucky State Senate, Republican Party of Kentucky

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