Damon Thayer, a mainstay in the Kentucky Senate who played a key role in legalizing sports wagering and helped shape rafts of conservative policies, said Wednesday that he won’t run for reelection next year.

Thayer has spent more than a decade as majority floor leader in the GOP-led Senate, putting him at the forefront of the chamber’s activities. He is the longest-serving Republican to serve in that leadership post in Kentucky history, according to a release announcing his decision not to…


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