matt caslinDAVIESS COUNTY, Ky. (12/20/19) — As 2019 comes to a close, I’d like to extend warm wishes and sincere hope that you and your loved ones enjoy a holiday season in good health and full of happiness. Just as the eve of “the most wonderful time of year” is upon us, so is the 2020 Regular Session of the Kentucky General Assembly.

It was another momentous year for the General Assembly as we continued to build on the momentum created by the Republican Majority over the past several years. Important legislation was passed to ensure the safety of our schools, provide pension relief for our quasi-governmental entities and regional universities, and we continued to defend the unborn. Though we have a new governor, rest assured that the priorities of the Legislature remain the same. We will continue to champion responsible policies and work toward the betterment of the Commonwealth.

During the interim session, my colleagues and I worked diligently to finalize our policy goals for the upcoming 60-day budget session. The interim joint committees, working groups, and task forces spent months listening to testimony on the crucial issues facing Kentucky. I’d like to personally express my gratitude to each and every one of you who reached out, provided input, or testified before the General Assembly this past year. Your assistance was crucial and truly helped guide us as we finalize our legislative priorities for the 60-day session, which will begin on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020.

I look forward to being home in my district with friends and family to enjoy the holidays and spend more time with my constituents. I want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Be well, and I look forward to hearing from you in 2020.

I am thankful for the privilege of representing Daviess, Hancock, and McLean counties in the Kentucky Senate, and I welcome constituent comments on issues of importance to you. You can call me toll-free at 1-800-372-7181 or email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You can also review the Legislature’s work online at

Note: Sen. Matt Castlen (R-Owensboro) represents the 8th District encompassing Daviess, Hancock, and McLean counties. Castlen serves as the chairman of the Budget Review Subcommittee on Human Resources, as well as the vice chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Agriculture. He also serves as a member of the Appropriations and Revenue Committee; the Natural Resources and Energy Committee; the Tobacco Settlement Agreement Fund Oversight Committee, and the 2020-2022 Budget Preparation and Submission Statutory Committee. Senator Castlen is also a member of the Public Water and Wastewater System Infrastructure Task Force. 

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