Hartz tapped as new LRC director

Legislative leaders named Jay D. Hartz as the next director of the Legislative Research Commission.

Hartz, the deputy chief of staff in the Senate president’s office, is a familiar figure to many in the state Capitol, where he’s known for his extensive knowledge on legislative operations and policymaking.

In his new role, Hartz will supervise nonpartisan staff as well as Democratic staff in the agency that serves as support for the Kentucky General Assembly. After the LRC did not renew the former director David Byerman’s contract last year, legislative leaders decided to seek an in-house candidate. The LRC is governed by legislative leadership from both the House and the Senate, which both are controlled by the GOP.

When Hartz assumes the duties of LRC director on June 1, he will bring nearly 25 years of experience in policy development, legislative procedure, and people management to the position.

Prior to serving in his current position of deputy chief of staff, Hartz served as the director of Legislative Operations in the Senate president’s office and served two terms as the chief clerk of the Senate, the chief administrative officer for the chamber.

Hartz is chair of the Southern Legislative Conference’s STARS Committee, a member of the Council for State Government’s Suggested State Legislation Committee and serves on the Board of Directors at the Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs.

The Ashbrook Center, housed at Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio, is named for the late businessman and congressman John Ashbrook. The center describes itself as an educational entity that works “to restore and strengthen the capacities of the American people for constitutional self-government.” Hartz’s fellow board members include two conservative editors: William Kristol, editor of The Weekly Standard, and Richard Lowry, editor of the National Review.