Retiring State Rep. Kenton Honored


After announcing earlier this year that this will be his last term in office, State Rep. Harvey Kenton, R-Milford, was recently lauded by his colleagues in the House of Representatives.

“Each day when I get out of my vehicle, and I walk up the steps [of Legislative Hall], and I look up at the cupola, I thank God that I have the opportunity and ability to serve,” he said to the chamber. “I have met some of the nicest people [during my tenure], and that is what I will miss most.”

First elected in 2010, Harvey Kenton replaced long-time legislator V. George Carey in the 36th Representative District. Since then, he has served four consecutive two-year terms in the lower chamber.


Speaker of the House Pete Schwartzkopf presents State Rep. Harvey Kenton with an inscribed silver platter as a token of his service as State House Minority Whip Deborah Hudson and State House Minority Leader Danny Short applaud.


For the last six years Rep. Kenton has sat on the influential Joint Finance Committee, which is responsible for crafting the state’s annual multi-billion dollar operating budget.

Turning 77-years-old in November, Rep. Kenton says he will be spending more time with wife, Bonnie Jean, and pursuing other interests. Earlier this year, he took a college course. “I was 50 years older than most of the students in my class, and 10 years older than the professor, but I enjoyed it,” he said.

Rep. Kenton said he has always thought of himself as an average person gifted with an extraordinary opportunity to help the public. “It has been a true honor to serve the people of my district and I have been humbled by the faith they have repeatedly shown in me.”

Thus far, 10 members of the 41-member House of Representatives have announced that they will not be returning in in the upcoming 150th General Assembly.

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