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Thanksgiving Day Column

As the 2022 Interim draws to a close, the Kentucky General Assembly is preparing for the upcoming 2023 Regular Session, a short, 30-day session scheduled to begin Tuesday, January 3.

Fortunately, election season is in the rearview mirror and your attention is likely now fully on what makes the holiday season so special — family, friends and the people who make our local communities so special. Each Thanksgiving, I enjoy being home in my district, hearing from constituents, and creating memories with those I love.  

In the spirit of the season of giving, let’s remember those most in need as we prepare our Thanksgiving meals.  Consider reaching out to a community food bank or other organization to help feed the hungry, especially during cold fall and winter months. As Americans and Kentucky residents, we have so much to be thankful for, and volunteering time and resources can make an incredible difference in our less fortunate neighbors’ lives.

Remember our service members, many of whom will be apart from their families this Thanksgiving, as they are away serving our country. The unique freedoms we enjoy in the United States are because of their sacrifices.

This time of year also presents an excellent opportunity to support local businesses. Please consider your locally-owned stores as you check gifts off your list — small businesses remain the heartbeat of our economy. 

This Thanksgiving, I am incredibly proud of the Republican-led legislature and the many successes we have had over the last several years. We in the Senate majority are pleased to welcome excellent new members to our caucus. They are:

          Senator-Elect Lindsay Tichenor, Senate District  6

·         Senator-Elect Gary Boswell, Senate District 8

·         Senator-Elect Matthew Deneen, Senate District 10

·         Senator-Elect Amanda Mays Bledsoe, Senate District  12      

·        Senator-Elect Gex “Jay” Williams, Senate District 20

·         Senator-Elect Shelley Funke Frommeyer, Senate District 24

 As we look forward to the 2023 Regular Session, I welcome your thoughts, questions, and concerns. Please reach out to my office at It is an honor to represent you in Frankfort. 

Whether it is with food, football, or family, or a combination of all of these, have a blessed Thanksgiving.

Senator Steve Meredith, R-Leitchfield, represents the 5th Senate District, which includes Breckinridge, Butler, Grayson, Ohio, and Meade Counties. He serves as co-chairman of the Medicaid Oversight and Advisory Committee and the Budget Review Subcommittee on Human Resources. He is also a member of the Interim Joint Committees on Appropriations and Revenue; Education; Health, Welfare, and Family Services; and Co-Chairs Veterans, Military Affairs, and Public Protection. Additionally, Senator Meredith serves as Co-Chair of the Cabinet for Health & Family services Organizational Structure, Operations and Administration Task Force. 


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