The Kentucky Realtors recently awarded the Jess and Carolyn Kinman Award to State Rep. David Osborne of Prospect. Osborne lended his support to HB 149 in 2015 that increased education for new real estate licensees which promotes a higher level of professionalism in the industry.
In the past, he co-sponsored HB 533 that prohibited private transfer fees in real estate transactions and, in 2009, supported the Small Business Tax Credit and New Home Tax Credit to help slow the decline of the housing market during the Great Recession.
“It is a great honor to have been selected by my fellow realtors for this prestigious award,” stated Osborne. “Jess Kinman was a wonderful individual who made tremendous contributions to the real estate profession. To receive an award in his memory is indeed humbling.”
Osborne, serving District 59 which includes part of Oldham County, is a realtor with Barry Smith Realty in Shelbyville and serves the House as Speaker Pro-Tempore. His civic engagements include Oldham County Chamber of Commerce, Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP) and the Thoroughbred Club of America. He graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor’s of Science degree.
As part of the award, First Federal Savings Bank of Frankfort makes a charitable donation in the name of the award recipient. This year, Osborne selected the Hope Health Clinic in LaGrange, Kentucky.
The award is named in honor of Jess, a former Kentucky Realtors president and Realtor of the Year who passed away in 2007, and his wife Carolyn, who worked for many years at the Legislative Research Commission and General Assembly.
The Kinman Award is presented to an outstanding Kentuckian whose involvement in the legislative and political arenas have left an indelible mark on all those who have known or worked with him or her.