State Rep. Robert Goforth resigns amid domestic violence charges


Robert Goforth (LRC photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56/WKYT) – Kentucky State Rep. Robert Goforth has resigned.

He was facing domestic violence charges stemming from an incident involving his wife back in April 2020.

According to police reports, his wife said Goforth tried to tie her up several times, hit her on the forehead, and tried to strangle her with an ethernet cord. All this while their three children were inside the home.

In 2019, the General Assembly voted to upgrade strangulation to a felony offense, defining as a crime of domestic or dating violence. Goforth, a Republican representative from Laurel County, helped pass the bill.


A citizen’s petition calling for Goforth’s resignation was filed with the state House in January. The petitioners said Goforth’s ouster would signal that domestic abuse will not be tolerated.

The Office of the Speaker of Kentucky House of Representatives released this statement Tuesday about Gorforth’s resignation:

We have received a copy of Representative Goforth’s formal resignation. According to his letter, he is resigning to address family and personal circumstances. We wish him and his family the best as they focus on each other. Statute provides that the Governor shall set the date for a special election for legislative vacancies which take place while the Kentucky General Assembly is not in session.

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