Outgoing representative joins Pegasus Institute as director of state initiatives

Jonathan Shell

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Jonathan Shell, outgoing Majority Leader of the Kentucky House of Representatives, will join Pegasus Institute as the director of state initiatives, the organization announced Wednesday.

Shell was defeated by a high school math teacher in a Republican primary in May.

In his new capacity, Shell will work to expand the Louisville based think tank’s footprint statewide allowing it to focus on more local policy issues and strengthening relationships with local officials.

“In just a few years, Pegasus Institute has become one of the most respected organizations in Frankfort,” Shell added. “Their expertise has been critical on many of the major policy initiatives in the state. There is a lot of exciting work ahead to make Kentucky the national beacon that we know it can be and Pegasus is going to drive that change.”

Prior to joining Pegasus Institute, Shell was the youngest member of the Kentucky General Assembly and elected the first Republican House Majority Leader in state history at the age of 28. He represented District 71 which coves Garrard, Rockcastle and a portion of Madison counties. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Kentucky University.

“We couldn’t be more excited to add Jonathan,” said Pegasus Executive Director Jordan Harris. “Not only will he be able to grow the impact of our organization, but he also brings one of the best public policy minds in Kentucky to Pegasus Institute. There has not been a major reform in the last two years that Jonathan wasn’t at the center of and we are going to work tirelessly to make sure that Kentucky continues moving forward.”

Shell also serves as the campaign chairman for Mitch McConnell’s 2020 re-election campaign, a role which will be unaffected by his position.

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