The two men have had more than their fair share of battles, but Friday Governor Steve Beshear appointed Kentucky Senate President David Williams to fill an open circuit court judgeship in the state's 40th Judicial District in southern Kentucky.
The appointment of Williams to the bench will leave a void in Republican Senate leadership for the first time since Republicans gained control of the State Senate in 2000.
Reports out of Frankfort indicate that Senate Majority Leader Robert Stivers, a Republican from Clay County, is the most likely successor. Other names mentioned include Senator David Givens, of Greensburg, and Senator Damon Thayer, of Georgetown.
The seat on the bench became available when former Circuit Judge Eddie Lovelace died September 17th as a result of contracting fungal meningitis.
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