PRESTONSBURG – Republican Larry Brown pulled of an upset on Tuesday night, defeating Democratic House Speaker Greg Stumbo for the 95th House District seat.
In a political race two Prestonsburg attorneys, Brown beat Stumbo 53 percent (9.528) to 47 percent (8,466).
With Brown’s victory, Republicans appear to have control of the Kentucky House of Representatives for the first time since 1921.
The 95th District seat covers Floyd County and Pike County.
Stumbo issued a statement at 8:03 p.m. on Tuesday night.
“The voters have spoken, so I want to congratulate Larry Brown for his win tonight, and I want to thank the people of the 95th House District for a great career,” said Stumbo. “I hope only the best for the district, my county, my commonwealth, and my country.”
Stumbo had served in the state House for 32 years since 1980. He spent 2004 through 2007 as state attorney general. Stumbo had been House speaker since 2009.
Floyd Countians chose Donald Trump in the presidential race.
And so did residents across the state.
The Kentucky Democratic Party released the following statement in response to the election results:
“First, I applaud the work of all our candidates, who faced an intense barrage of negative advertising from out-of-state millionaires contributing large sums of cash against them,” said Rep. Sannie Overly, chair of the Kentucky Democratic Party. “It was extremely difficult for any Kentucky Democrat to overcome the Trump tide at the top of the ticket. No matter what, Democrats will continue to fight for Kentucky families; specifically education, health care and jobs.”