Whitney was first elected to the Kentucky State Senate in 2012, serves as the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and as a member of the Veterans/Military Affairs/Public Protection, Capital Planning Advisory Board, Tobacco Fund Settlement Oversight, Agriculture, Transportation, Natural Resources & Energy, and the Program Review & Investigations Committees in the State Senate. In 2013, Whitney Co-Chaired the Juvenile Code Reform Task Force and during the 2014 Regular Session sponsored Senate Bill 200, reflecting the work of the Task Force and bringing about the largest reform to Kentucky's juvenile justice system in 30 years. Senate Bill 200 now serves as a national model for juvenile code reforms in other states across the country.
Whitney is a lifelong resident of Hopkinsville, in Christian County, Kentucky, and presently is an Attorney with the Fletcher Law Firm in Hopkinsville after serving over five years as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney. His prosecutorial record has included successful convictions on charges ranging from misdemeanors to homicide. Along with his service in the Kentucky State Senate as Senate Judiciary Chairman, Whitney maintains a small private civil practice.
Whitney and his wife, Amanda, live in Hopkinsville. Amanda is a local elementary Spanish teacher, and they are the proud new parents of their daughter, Hadley. The three attend First Baptist Church in Hopkinsville.
Whitney's Legislative Awards
2013 KASAP Legislative Champion for Justice
2013 Kentucky Chamber MVP
2013 Lexington FOP Appreciation Award - Bryan Durman Act
2013 Henry Toll Fellow, Council of State Governments
2014 Kentucky County Attorney Assoc. Legislator of the Year
2014 Public Advocate Award
2014 Kentucky Chamber MVP
2014 Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky Legislator of the Year
2014 Kentucky Psychological Association Distinguished Public Service Award