Laura Hendrix Executive Director
Ms. Hendrix joined the Commission staff in May 2018 and serves as the Executive Director to the Commission. Previously, she was the Commission's Counsel, was the General Counsel for the Speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives, the General Counsel for the Legislative Research Commission, the Committee Staff Administrator for the Elections, Constitutional Amendments and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee, and a Legislative Analyst for the Health and Welfare Committee of the LRC. Prior to her legislative service, she was the General Counsel for the Executive Branch Ethics Commission, Assistant General Counsel for the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority, and clerked for Judge William L. Graham of the Franklin Circuit Court. She received a bachelor’s degree in history from Washington University in St. Louis and a J.D. from the University of Kentucky College of Law. She is a 2018 Henry Toll Fellow.
Emily Dennis Counsel
Ms. Dennis joined the Commission Staff in October 2019 and serves as the Counsel to the Commission. Previously, she served as General Counsel of the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance from May 2008 – September 2019. She was employed by the Kentucky Justice & Public Safety Cabinet in its Office of Legal Services from 2002-2008 and also served as a Staff Attorney with the Cabinet for Economic Development from 1999-2002. Prior to joining state government, she was associated with the Danville law firm of Sheehan, Barnett, Hays, Dean & Pennington, P.S.C. Dennis received her JD in 1998 from the University of Louisville. She earned a BA from Transylvania University, where she was a William T. Young scholar and graduated magna cum laude in 1992. When not practicing law, Emily manages Big Red Stables on her family’s third generation farm in Mercer County.