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Frankfort, KY –Representative Rick Rand of Bedford, Kentucky today filed for re-election to the Kentucky House of Representatives. A top leader on budgets and the economy in the General Assembly, Rep. Rand has served the people of the 47th House District since 2003. He served as Appropriations & Revenue Chairman in the House for eight years.

“There is much work to do in Frankfort with regard to the budget, protecting pension and tax reform,” said Rep. Rand. “I will continue to be a strong voice for fiscal responsibility while funding education, workforce development, agriculture and public protection.” Rep. Rand passed legislation in 2016 for the Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship program which pays tuition for short-term, career-related certificates in fields where there are good paying jobs readily available.

Growing up on his family’s farm, Rep. Rand serves on the Agriculture Committee and also on Transportation, State Government and on the Budget Review Subcommittee on Primary & Secondary Education and Workforce Development. Rick Rand has been a champion during his time in the legislature for education and has fought to protect the SEEK funding formula in every budget for schools in his district.  He helped to secure the necessary commitments for the purchase of land and for the construction of the new Jefferson County Community & Technical College campus in Carrollton, as well as the funding and construction of the Milton Madison Bridge in Milton KY. Rep. Rand is an owner of his family business, Rand Insurance & Real Estate.

House District 47 includes Trimble, Carroll, Henry and Gallatin Counties. To reach Rep. Rand during the session, address correspondence to Room 432F, Capitol Annex, 702 Capitol Avenue, Frankfort, KY 40601, or by email at

Messages can be left for any legislator at 800-372-7181. For those with a hearing impairment, the number is 800-896-0305.  These lines are staffed by legislative employees and maintain later hours during this time of year.

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Frankfort, KY—Taking a bold step towards addressing the pension shortfall, Representatives Dennis Keene (D-Wilder) and Rick Rand (D-Bedford) have pre-filed legislation today that will bring hundreds of millions of dollars into Kentucky through expanded gaming. To be overseen by an expanded Kentucky Lottery Board, the gaming legislation calls for a constitutional amendment to be voted… Continue Reading

FRANKFORT – This week, the General Assembly returns to the Capitol to begin the 2017 Regular Session. Although the House and Senate are as old as Kentucky, this is only the ninth odd-year legislative session since our current state constitution was adopted in the late 1800s. We actually were one of the last states to… Continue Reading

A Legislative Perspective on the Kentucky General Assembly with State Representative Rick Rand September 5, 2016

On Sunday morning, our nation will pause to remember and reflect upon the tragedy known primarily by its date: 9/11. Those of us old enough to remember that Tuesday in 2001 will never forget where we were and what we were doing when we heard the news. It had the same impact as such other… Continue Reading

A Legislative Perspective on the Kentucky General Assembly with State Representative Rick Rand

To get a better understanding of just how prevalent obesity has become in America, consider that no state had more than 20 percent of its adult population fall in that category in 1996. Today, no state has less. Kentucky has seen its rate for adults double during that timeframe, from about 16 percent to more… Continue Reading

FRANKFORT – A quarter-century ago, Kentucky had nowhere to go but up when it came to the education levels of adults 25 and older. Only two-thirds had graduated from high school, and less than a sixth had earned a bachelor’s degree. No state had a lower combined percentage. We’re not where we want to be,… Continue Reading

House Goals for the 2016 Session

FRANKFORT – If the final days of a legislative session are spent deciding what laws the General Assembly will pass, then the first few days are focused on what the House and Senate hope will be on that list. Setting those priorities was the main theme last week as other legislators and I returned to… Continue Reading

Kentucky’s Tobacco Economy

FRANKFORT – About 16 years ago, as most states were deciding how best to spend their portion of a landmark settlement reached with the major tobacco companies, Kentucky took an innovative approach that is continuing to pay substantial dividends. Under that agreement, half of the annual payments are set aside for agriculture and the other… Continue Reading

Vote for the Milton-Madison Bridge Project for America’s Transportation Award

The People’s Choice Award is everyone’s chance to vote on-line for their favorite project that reduced congestion, created new access, or opened up new business opportunities. Commuters, truck drivers, construction workers, soccer moms – anyone who is interested in improving transportation today is urged to vote. The People’s Choice Award is just one of two… Continue Reading

A review of the 2015 Kentucky State Police crime report – A Legislative Perspective on the Kentucky General Assembly with State Representative Rick Rand – August 3, 2015

FRANKFORT – For decades now, Kentucky State Police has annually compiled a comprehensive look at crime across the commonwealth, giving the public and law enforcement alike a much clearer picture of the challenges we face. The reports come out each summer and pull together data from local and state agencies, highlighting both short- and long-term trends. … Continue Reading

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