Local/Regional News
5:54 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Shaughnessy Hastens Departure From State Senate

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- State Sen. Tim Shaughnessy has hastened his departure from the state legislature.

The Louisville Democrat, who wasn't seeking re-election, resigned on Friday, six months ahead of his planned retirement. Shaughnessy had served in the Senate since 1989.

In a letter to Gov. Steve Beshear, Shaughnessy said by leaving early he hopes to enhance likely replacement Morgan McGarvey's efforts to get acquainted with other senators.

McGarvey will be unopposed in the November general election unless a write-in candidate decides to run.

Shaughnessy said he felt free to leave early because Beshear has no plans to call a special legislative session and because the interim committees he serves have no imperative issues pending.