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Preceded by  Robert Damron
Name  Sannie Overly
Preceded by  Carolyn Belcher
Spouse  Mike Kalinyak (m. 1995)
Children  2
Political party  Democratic Party

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Full Name  Sannie Louise Overly
Born  July 2, 1966 (age 56) Millersburg, Kentucky, U.S. (1966-07-02)
Alma mater  University of Kentucky (B.S.) University of Louisville (J.D.)
Education  University of Louisville School of Law

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Sannie Louise Overly (born July 2, 1966) is an American lawyer, engineer, and politician from the state of Kentucky. A member of the Democratic Party, Overly is a member of the Kentucky House of Representatives, representing the 72nd district. She serves as the Democratic caucus chair, and is the first woman to serve in a leadership role in the Kentucky House. She was the Democratic Party nominee for Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky in 2015, and was elected chair of the Kentucky Democratic Party in 2016.


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Education and career

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Overly graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Engineering with a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering in 1989, and the University of Louisville School of Law with a Juris Doctor in 1993. She served as president of the Bourbon County Bar Association and of the Paris-Bourbon County Historic Society. She worked as an engineer for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

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Overly ran in a special election to the Kentucky House of Representatives to succeed Carolyn Belcher as representative of the 72nd district. She won the election on January 8, 2008, and was sworn in on January 11. In 2009, Greg Stumbo, the Speaker of the Kentucky House, appointed Overly to chair the Budget Review Subcommittee, which has oversight over the state's roads. She became the first woman to chair the budget subcommittee. At the start of the 2013 session, Overly was elected Caucus Chair by her Democratic House colleagues, who chose her over incumbent Chair Robert Damron, making her the first woman to hold a leadership position in the Kentucky House.

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Overly had considered running in the 2014 election against Republican Andy Barr to represent Kentucky's 6th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives. However, she instead ran for Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky on a ticket with Jack Conway in the 2015 gubernatorial election.

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In 2016, Overly was elected as the Chair of the Kentucky Democratic Party.

Personal life

Overly and her husband live in Paris, Kentucky, and have two daughters.


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