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.
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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