Rep. Sannie Overly was first elected in 2008 to represent the 72 nd legislative district, which includes Bourbon, Bath, Nicholas and part of Fayette Counties. In 2013, Rep. Overly was elected House Majority Caucus Chair, becoming the first woman in House Leadership in the history of the commonwealth. She was also a candidate for lieutenant governor in 2015.
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 later the University of Kentucky, where she earned a degree in civil engineering. After graduating from U.K., she worked for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and attended classes at night to earn her law degree with honors at the University of Louisville’s Brandeis School of Law.
As a member of leadership in the Kentucky House, and as a lawyer, civil engineer, farmer, and mother of two daughters, Rep. Overly brings a wealth of personal and professional experience to represent the 72nd House District.
In her first term in the Kentucky House of representatives, Rep. Overly was selected to serve as Chair of the House Budget Review Subcommittee on Transportation, which is tasked with crafting the state’s road plan. She is also the first woman to serve in this capacity, and she is the first chair of that committee to hold degrees in both law and engineering.
Rep. Overly has marked her exceptional service in the state legislature not only by building and strengthening Kentucky’s infrastructure, but also by championing stronger laws and policies to protect our commonwealth’s most vulnerable citizens. In 2013, Rep. Overly sponsored House Bill 3, the Human Trafficking Victims Rights Act, which has been hailed as one of the strongest pieces human trafficking legislation in the country. She worked tirelessly with advocates, stakeholders, and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to pass groundbreaking legislation that holds traffickers accountable and makes it possible to seize their ill-gotten assets to fund future trafficking investigations and provide resources for treatment for victims. HB 3 also provided mechanisms to protect those who were in the grips of human trafficking and required them to be treated as victims, not criminals by creating safe harbor provisions to allow victims to get the services they need. After the passage of HB 3, a nationally recognized human trafficking policy group gave Kentucky the highest grade possible for its human trafficking laws.
Rep. Overly has also made it a priority to support our troops and veterans when they return home. She has repeatedly sponsored legislation to increase access to education and community resources for the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces.
Rep. Overly and her husband, Mike Kalinyak, reside in Paris with their two daughters.