Whitney was first elected to the Kentucky State Senate in 2012 as a representative of the citizens of Christian, Todd, and Logan counties in Western Kentucky. Whitney currently serves as the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and as a member of the Capital Planning Advisory Board, Tobacco Fund Settlement Oversight, Agriculture, Transportation, Natural Resources & Energy, Veterans/Military Affairs/Public Protection and the Program Review & Investigations Committees in the State Senate. In 2013, Whitney served as Co-Chairman of 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. Whitney continues juvenile justice policy work as Co-Chairman of the SB200 Oversight Council, overseeing the implementation of the bill as well as exploring numerous other juvenile justice policies. You can find Whitney's official Legislative page here.
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. Now in private civil practice, Whitney serves clients all over Western Kentucky.
Whitney has long been an active member of his community. Between 2008 and 2012 Whitney served on the Boys and Girls Club Board of Directors, including a term as Secretary. As a member of the Kiwanis Club of Hopkinsville since March of 2007, and former member of the Board of Directors, Whitney also served as chair of the Kiwanis Club Soap Box Derby Committee for 2008 and 2009. Whitney has previously served on the Hopkinsville American Red Cross Advisory Committee and the Board for the United Way of the Pennyrile, and during 2012 served as United Way Board Chair. Whitney currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Kentucky Association of Child Advocacy Centers, a critical statewide resource for victims and families dealing with child sexual abuse. Whitney and his wife, Amanda, also serve on the Board of Directors for Alpha Alternative, a crisis pregnancy care center in Hopkinsville.
Whitney graduated from Christian County High School in 1999, and received his B.S. in Communication, with university and departmental honors, at the University of Kentucky in 2003. Whitney earned his J.D. in the spring of 2006 from Southern Illinois University School of Law, and has been an active member of the Kentucky Bar since October 2006 and the Tennessee Bar since 2012.
Whitney owns a small row crop farm in North Christian County with his five brothers. Amanda is a local elementary Spanish teacher. Whitney, Amanda and their daughter attend First Baptist Church in Hopkinsville.