Pullin becomes judge, special election set

Pictured from left to right, Chief Administrative Law Judge Robert Swisher, Administrative Law Judge Tanya Pullin and Kentucky Supreme Court Chief Justice John Minton administering the oath of office in the Supreme Court Chambers in the State Capitol in Frankfort.

On Tuesday, former Kentucky 98th District State Representative Tanya Pullin was sworn into office as an administrative law judge. To get to that point, Pullin had to resign as state representative.

Because the House of Representatives seat was vacated a special election will be held on March 8, officials said. The voters of Greenup and Boys counties will elect a representative for the open seat.

On March 8th, four special elections will take place throughout the state to fill four open House of Representatives seats. Open seats due to resignations are House District 8, 98, 54 and 62.

Several people within Greenup and Boyd counties have expressed possible interest in seeking the seat.

Pullin has been a state representative for 15 years.

She said as state representative she has seen a lot of good times and a lot of bad times.

“I have been as this position through 9/11 and through the recession of 2008. There has been good times and bad times, really it’s been a difficult decade and a half for our nation,” Pullin said.

When asked what she will miss the most about being state representative, Pullin said she would miss the people of the district the most.

“I love the people of my district, I just love the people. There are so many wonderful community leaders and wonderful civic people,” Pullin said. “I really think I represent the best people. I hope I have been a voice in Frankfort, for the people at home who maybe feel they are not always spoken for. I hope that I have spoken for everybody.”

As an Administrative Law Judge Pullin will preside over hearings about specific cases mostly workers compensation.

“Hearings are held throughout the state, so I would travel some, but not nearly as much as I have done as a state representative,” Pullin said.

She said this would be the first time in recent history; an administrative law judge would be based in South Shore or Greenup County.

Wayne Allen can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 1933 or on Twitter @WayneallenPDT