About our Chair
Kentucky Democratic Party Chair Sannie Overly
State Representative Sannie Overly was elected unanimously to serve as Chair of the Kentucky Democratic Party (KDP) in January 2016. A member of Kentucky House Leadership, lawyer, civil engineer, farmer, and mother of two daughters, Rep. Overly brings a wealth of personal and professional experience to lead the KDP.
Rep. Overly was raised on her family’s Millersburg farm in Bourbon County. Growing up in the heart of Kentucky, she graduated from Bourbon County High School and went to the University of Kentucky earning a degree in civil engineering. After UK, she worked for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and attended night school to earn her J.D. cum laude at the University of Louisville’s Brandeis School of Law.
Rep. Overly has marked her service in the state legislature with progress on building and strengthening Kentucky’s infrastructure as well as championing stronger laws against human trafficking. She has made it a priority to make the transition home better for our troops and veterans by increasing their ability to access education and community resources.
Rep. Overly was first elected in 2008 to represent the 72nd legislative district, which includes Bourbon, Bath, Nicholas and part of Fayette Counties. In January 2009, Rep. Overly was selected to serve as Chair of the House Budget Review Subcommittee on Transportation, which is tasked with crafting the state’s 6-year road plan. The first woman to serve in this capacity, she is also the first chair of that committee to hold degrees in both law and engineering.
In 2013 Rep. Overly was elected House Majority Caucus Chair, becoming the first woman of House Leadership in the history of the Commonwealth. She was also a candidate for Lieutenant Governor in 2015.
Rep. Overly has also served as the Chair of the Board of the Bourbon Community Hospital and president of the local Bar Association. She is a member of the Paris-Bourbon County Chamber of Commerce, Bluegrass Conservancy, Bourbon County Homemakers, Bourbon County Alumni Association, University of Kentucky Alumni Association, Daughters of the American Revolution-Jemima Johnson Chapter, Historic Paris Bourbon County, Inc., and Friends of the Paris-Bourbon County Library.
Rep. Overly and her husband, Mike Kalinyak, reside in Paris with their two daughters.