Wife of Injured Lawmaker Will Complete Term

Dec 21, 2011

An injured Kentucky lawmaker's wife is set to take his place in the state house of representatives. Regina Bunch says she's honored to be given the opportunity to serve in her husband's stead. 82nd House District representative DeWayne Bunch resigned from office after suffering a head injury in April while attempting to break up a fight at Whitley County High School.

Community members rallied around the Bunch family after the incident, which left the former lawmaker in critical condition in a Corbin hospital. Bunch's wife, Regina, who ran unopposed in a special election for the seat, says she feels confident she can take on her new role.

"I'm on the veteran's committee and I'm a veteran's wife, so I think I can bring that perspective to the table. And in education, I am a special education teacher and so with that being a specialty area I can contribute there in terms of what those children need," Bunch says.

DeWayne Bunch is currently undergoing rehab in Lexington.