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State's Youngest Legislator To Talk in Covington

The youngest member of the Kentucky General Assembly is coming to Covington this week.

Rep. Jonathan Shell (R-Lancaster) will speak at the Northern Kentucky Young Republicans' monthly meeting at Keystone Bar & Grill on Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

Shell was 24 years old when he was first elected in 2012. He has supported welfare reform and opposed a proposed raise in the state's minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, calling it bad for young people. 

"Raising the minimum wage hurts entry level workers," Shell said at the time, according to a news release. "I'm a young guy and I am for people in my age range getting to work early on in life. I don't want us to take away opportunities that our young people have today and have had in the past. By raising the minimum wage we are going to be taking away those opportunities. We don't need any more 'band-aid' fixes, we need actual job growth here in Kentucky."

“Jonathan has done an amazing job representing the youth of Kentucky in the General Assembly,” said Sarah Cameron, president of the Northern Kentucky Young Republicans, in a news release. “We are excited that he is coming to speak to our group on Thursday. We hope he inspires more young Republicans to get involved and eventually run for office. We could definitely use a lot more like him in Frankfort and in city halls throughout the state.” 
 
The Northern Kentucky Young Republicans meet every third Thursday of the month. You can learn more about the group on their website www.NKYR.org.
 
-Staff report
 
Photo: Jonathan Shell/provided