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Daniel Cameron taps state Sen. Robby Mills to be running mate

Kentucky Sen. Robby Mills has sponsored a bill that would help alleviate the nursing shortage in Kentucky.
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Kentucky Sen. Robby Mills has sponsored a bill that would help alleviate the nursing shortage in Kentucky.

Kentucky’s Republican candidate for governor Daniel Cameron has selected state Sen. Robby Mills as his running mate.

The Republican legislator from Henderson has served in the Senate since 2019 and previously served for one term in the state House.

During a news conference in Frankfort, Cameron emphasized that he wanted more cooperation between the legislature and governor’s office.

“Robbie Mills is the man for the job. He's got strong relationships with the legislature,” Cameron said.

Throughout his six years in Frankfort, Mills has sponsored a long list of conservative bills that passed into law–ranging from issues on abortion to propping up the state’s ailing coal industry. Mills is the chairman of the Senate State and Local Government committee.

He earned his bachelor in business management from Oral Roberts University, an evangelical university. He went on to run his family's dry cleaning service.

Cameron called Mills “a defender of our coal industry.” Cameron too has a record of undermining policies to combat climate change.

In recent years, Mills sponsored laws that make it harder for utilities to retire coal-fired power plants — a measure the power industry says will raise costs for ratepayers — and another that would divest the state from financial companies that boycott fossil fuels.

He sponsored the new law banning transgender girls from playing on girls sports teams last year and in 2020 he sponsored a law requiring voters to show a photo ID in order to cast a ballot.

Mills was also a proponent of SB150, the anti-trans bill that made it illegal for doctors to provide gender-affirming care to transgender youth and restricted how teachers talk about gender and sexuality in the classroom.

At the news conference Wednesday, Cameron described Mills as “the first person in Frankfort to sound the alarm about radical gender ideology.”

“The drugs that are being forced on our young folks is a terrible tragedy, in my opinion,” Mills said. “I'm very proud of the Senate Bill 150 work that we put together.”

The ACLU of Kentucky and National Center for Lesbian Rights are challenging the portion of the law outlawing gender-affirming care on minors in court. After initially being blocked by a federal judge, the law took effect Friday.

When he was still in the House, Mills sponsored a law requiring doctors to tell patients that medically-induced abortions can be reversed—an unproven procedure that advocates said interferes with the doctor-patient relationship.

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Sylvia Goodman
Ryland Barton is WFPL's Managing Editor for Collaboratives.