On Tuesday, State Senator Jared Carpenter of Berea officially filed papers for a second term in the Kentucky State Senate. Carpenter represents the 34th Senate District which is composed of Madison County, Rockcastle County, and southern Fayette County.
Signing his candidacy papers were Kevin Fields, co-owner of Tri County Fertilizer in Richmond and former State Representative Danny Ford of Mt. Vernon.
Carpenter, a Republican, was elected in November 2010. In the Senate he serves as Chairman of the Natural Resources and Energy Committee. His ascension to the position made him one of the fastest rising committee chairs in the chamber, and one of the youngest. He has gained attention for his work on behalf of Kentucky coal and for taking a strong stand against President Obama and his EPA.
“Senator Carpenter has proven to be a valued member of the State Senate. His leadership has made him an asset not only to his district but to the entire state. I appreciate his work as Chairman of the Natural Resources and Energy Committee and his dedication to making state government effective and efficient.” Kentucky State Senate President Robert Stivers said of Carpenter.
“It is an honor to represent this community in the State Senate. I’ve done my best to tackle problems in Frankfort head on and make a positive impact on our district. I am focused on continuing my work to keep government in its proper role, promote local job creation, fight against Obamacare, preserve our second amendment rights, and keep taxes low.” Carpenter said upon filing for re-election.
In addition to the Natural Resources and Energy Committee, Carpenter serves as Vice-Chairman of the Banking and Insurance Committee and as a member the Education Committee. A graduate of Eastern Kentucky University, Carpenter is a banker with First Southern National Bank in Richmond and operates a cattle farm in Berea.