Senator Jimmy Higdon
Sen. Jimmy Higdon has been in the Kentucky legislature since 2002: first as a representative to the General Assembly for the 24th district, which included Marion, Casey and part of Pulaski counties. Then in 2009, Jimmy won a special election for Senate district 14, which included Marion, Taylor, Nelson, Washington and Mercer counties. When redistricting took effect in 2013, Jimmy’s district changed. He now represents Marion, Casey, Nelson and Spencer counties and a portion of Jefferson County roughly outside the Gene Snyder Freeway, including Fern Creek and Jeffersontown.
In the legislature, Jimmy serves on 13 interim committees, including acting as co-chair for the Budget Review Subcommittee on Transportation and the Committee for Veterans, Military Affairs and Public Protection. In session, Jimmy sits on eight committees, including as chairman for Veterans, Military, and Public Protection and the Budget Review Subcommittee on Transportation; and co-chair of the Transportation and the License, Occupation and Administrative Regulations committees. He has also served on the Tobacco Task Force.
For his work in education, Jimmy has been awarded the Joe Kelly Education Award by the Department of Education and has been named a "Friend of Education" by the Kentucky School Board Association. In 2008, he was endorsed by the Kentucky Education Association.
On the issues that matter most, Jimmy Higdon is pro-life and pro-Second Amendment. In his previous elections, he has been endorsed by Kentucky Right to Life and the NRA, who has also given Jimmy an "A" rating.
The oldest of seven children, Jimmy was born July 15, 1953 to Cecil and Alice Higdon of Lebanon, Kentucky. Jimmy graduated from Marion County High School in 1971, and then earned a B.S. in Industrial Arts Technology with a minor in business administration from Morehead State University in 1975. Upon graduation from college, Jimmy was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army, completing his Officer Basic course in Fort Lee, Virginia. Jimmy then returned to Lebanon, Kentucky in 1976 and became a partner in Key Market, which later was re-named Higdon’s Foodtown.
As Jimmy completed his college education, he married Jane Miles of Loretto, Kentucky and started a family. Today Jimmy and Jane are the proud parents of two adult children: Brittany H. Nagle and James Higdon, III. Brittany is married to David Nagle and they live in Oldham County with their three boys: David, Dawson and Alec. James is a published book author and lives in Louisville.
Thirty-five years after entering the grocery business, Jimmy and Jane sold Higdon’s Foodtown in 2011. They continue to operate Higdon’s Appliance Center and volunteer in their community for programs like Junior Miss and Marion County Country Ham Days, two programs that Jimmy and Jane have been devoted to for nearly 40 years and more recently, the Red Cross. Jimmy is a life-long member of St. Augustine Catholic Church, and he and Jane are also members of New Beginnings Community Church.