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Dr. Karen Berg sworn in as Kentucky's newest State Senator

Sen. Karen Berg Swearing In
Posted at 1:32 PM, Jul 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-13 13:32:33-04

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — Dr. Karen Berg, D-Louisville is officially sworn into the State Senate Monday.

The swearing-in ceremony comes just weeks after Berg's special election victory in June. The special election was held after former State Senator Ernie Harris retired earlier this year.

“Public service has always been one of my passions,” Sen. Berg said. “As a physician, I am excited to bring my experience and insight to the Kentucky General Assembly, and hopefully we can work on ways to bring quality, affordable health care to Kentuckians. I am ready to get to work and be a voice for the people of Senate District 26 in Oldham and Jefferson Counties.”

State Senator Berg is the only Jewish member of the State Senate and the only female physician.

“This special election victory in a traditionally conservative district highlights the desire for change we see across the Commonwealth,” Senate Democratic Leader Morgan McGarvey said. “Karen is the first woman physician ever elected to the Kentucky General Assembly. Our caucus is excited to work with her and advocate for policies that benefit all Kentucky families.”

Election results were certified Monday. Senator Berg represents constituents in Oldham County and a portion of Jefferson County.