State Rep. Dennis Keene Announces Reelection Campaign

He is one of two Democrats in the Northern Kentucky Legislative Caucus, and Dennis Keene announced Monday that he plans to defend his seat again.

The Wilder Democrat, who previously served on that city's council before first winning election to the House of Representatives in 2004, is launching his 2020 reelection campaign with an event on August 20 at New Riff Distilling in Newport.

In a news release, Keene claimed responsibility for millions of dollars in transportation and infrastructure funding for his northern Campbell County district, including the expansion of Licking Pike/KY 9, Riverfront Commons, and Newport on the Levee.

“There is still much work to be done regarding public education, pensions and meeting the needs of our growing region,” said Keene. “People who can work in a bipartisan manner are needed now more than ever. I look forward to continuing my service to the people of Campbell County.”

Keene defeated Bob Schrage, the Republican nominee, in 2018. He and Rep. Buddy Wheatley (D-Covington) are the only two Democratic members of the General Assembly from Boone, Kenton, or Campbell counties.

Keene serves on the House Licensing, Occupations & Administrative Regulations Committee, Banking & Insurance, Natural Resources & Energy, along with the Appropriations & Revenue Committees.  

The 67th House District includes Newport, Bellevue, Dayton, Silver Grove, Melbourne, Highland Heights, Southgate, and Wilder.

Outside of the legislature, Keene is an economic development adviser for EGC Construction.

-Staff report