- Associated Press - Saturday, January 30, 2016

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky Democrats have chosen state Rep. Sannie Overly as party chairwoman after a two and a half month search.

The Kentucky Democratic Party Executive Committee unanimously elected Overly its new chairwoman Saturday. Overly is a state representative from Paris and chairwoman of the House Democratic Caucus, the first woman to ever hold that position. She was Jack Conway’s running mate during his unsuccessful bid for governor in 2015.

Overly’s main job will be to maintain control of the state House of Representatives, the last legislative chamber in the South still controlled by Democrats. Democrats have a 50-46 majority in the House. Special elections for four vacant seats are scheduled for March 8. If Republicans win all four, they would share power with Democrats until at least the November general election.

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