State Rep. Rocky Adkins currently serves as House Majority Floor Leader after being chosen for the post by his Democratic colleagues in November, 2003. A long-time veteran of the Kentucky House of Representatives, he is now serving in his 25th year as a legislator.
A native of Sandy Hook, Ky., Rep. Adkins is a graduate of Elliott County High School and Morehead State University, where he also received his Master’s Degree in Secondary Education.
In 1986, Rep. Adkins was elected to the 99th House District at the age of 26, making him one of the youngest members ever elected to serve in the Kentucky legislature. Rep. Adkins quickly accumulated legislative responsibilities and served on a number of influential committees, including the House Appropriations & Revenue Committee and the Budget Review Subcommittee on Transportation where he served as chairman. As a member of House Leadership, Rep. Adkins serves on the Rules Committee, the Committee on Committees, and the Legislative Research Commission.
A leader in the field of energy independence, Rep. Adkins has introduced several ground-breaking pieces of legislation that will help our nation achieve energy self sufficiency in the coming years. His legislation includes incentives for the conversion for coal to transportation fuels, use of agricultural products for energy such as biodiesel, biomass, ethanol and cellulose, and greater utilization of renewable energy sources such as wind, solar and hydro. Rep. Adkins' legislative initiatives also promote conservation and incentives for energy efficient home building and construction.
He was recently re-appointed Vice Chair of the Southern States Energy Board (SSEB) for a third term by new Chairman Governor Bob McDonnell. Rep. Adkins has been called "the South's lead legislator on energy." The SSEB is a non-profit interstate organization dedicated to enhancing economic development throughout the region. Adkins was also recently elected Chair of the Southern Legislative Conference's Energy and Environment Committee.
A 15-year survivor of cancer, Rep. Adkins actively raises funds for research by sponsoring an annual golf tournament entitled the "Rocky Adkins Charity Golf Outing - Cure for Cancer" which has raised more than $1.3 million since its inception in 1995.
Rep. Adkins serves as a member of the board of directors for the Kings Daughters Health Foundation, Ashland Salvation Army, and the Paramount Arts Center. He is also chairman of the Eastern Kentucky Workforce Development Board.
Rep. Adkins has been inducted into the Morehead State University Alumni Hall of Fame and the Junior Achievement Tri State Business Hall of Fame. He has been honored for his public service by many organizations and is the recipient of the East Kentucky Leadership Conference Public Servant Award, the FIVECO Area Development District President's Award and the Ashland Area Labor Management Council Award. He was the March of Dimes Goldenrod Division's 2007 Honoree.
Rep. Adkins, married to Leah McCormick Adkins, has three children. Kristen a graduate of Morehead State University is married to Josh Salyers. They have one son Jaxon, who just celebrated his first birthday. Rep. Adkins’ son Brandon is a sophomore at Morehead State University. Six-year old Victoria Elise is in the first grade.