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Louisville Metro Council President

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Louisville Metro Council President

The Louisville Metro Council is the city legislature of Louisville, Kentucky (Louisville Metro). It was formally established in January 2003 upon the merger of the former City of Louisville with Jefferson County and replaced the city's Board of Aldermen and the county's Fiscal Court (three county commissioners).

The Metro Council consists of twenty-six seats corresponding to districts apportioned by population throughout Jefferson County. Although all cities in Jefferson County, apart from Louisville, retained their status after the merger, their residents are represented on Metro Council and vote alongside other county residents. The seats come up for reelection every four years, using a staggered process so that only half of the seats are up every two years.

Since the council's inception, Democrats have maintained a majority in the chamber, currently with seventeen members (65.4%). Democrats gained two seats in the 2010 election.

Council President

The Louisville Metro Council President is the presiding officer of the council. The Council President is elected annually by a majority vote of the entire council at the council's first meeting in January. The current Council President is Jim King (D).

Council Presidents:

  • 2003-2004: Ron Weston (D)
  • 2004-2005: Kelly Downard (R)
  • 2005-2006: Barbara Shanklin (D)
  • 2006-2007: Kevin Kramer (R)
  • 2007-2008: Rick Blackwell (D)
  • 2008-2009: Jim King (D)
  • 2009-2010: David W. Tandy (D)
  • 2010-2011: Tom Owen (D)
  • 2011-2014: Jim King (D)

Current members

The current members of the Metro Council are (by district number):


In 2006, the council passed two controversial ordinances: a smoking ban in October and the so-called "Dangerous dog" ordinance in December. In 2007, the council considered a ban on trans fats and non-biodegradable plastic bags.[1]

See also


External links

  • Louisville Metro Council website
  • Louisville-Jefferson County, Kentucky Metro Government Code of Ordinances
  • — shows the voting history of each member of the council
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