Fmr. national political figure, Ky. gubernatorial candidate Larry Forgy dies

Prominent Kentucky Republican Larry Forgy died early Thursday morning at UK Hospital. He was 83...
Prominent Kentucky Republican Larry Forgy died early Thursday morning at UK Hospital. He was 83 years old.(WYMT)
Published: Jan. 13, 2022 at 9:28 AM EST
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT/WYMT) - A prominent member of the Republican Party of Kentucky, a former candidate for governor and longtime Central Kentucky attorney has died.

In a Facebook post, Larry Forgy’s sister, State Senator Alice Forgy Kerr, confirmed the news early Thursday.

In the post, Kerr mentions her brother was at UK Hospital in Lexington when he died. She also mentioned he had been in declining health. Forgy had a heart attack in 2017.

Forgy grew up in Logan County but had a successful career as an attorney in Lexington.

Forgy started his long political career back in the late 1960s. He tried three times to become governor. The closest he came was in 1995 when he lost in the general election to Paul Patton.

“He was groomed by the Republican establishment, there were Democrats who supported him because they knew there was going to be a Republican governor sooner or later. Just a miracle that I managed to win that election,” Patton said.

Despite those losses, Republicans serving today say he was a major force to encourage and strengthen them.

The Senate Education Committee, where Forgy’s sister serves, started its Thursday session with the chairman sharing a few words about Forgy.

“Both sides of the aisle, Republican and Democrat knew how much of a legend Larry Forgy was in Kentucky Politics,” said Sen. Max Wise, R-Campbellsville.

Forgy was known throughout Kentucky for his strong spirit.

State House Speaker David Osborne said Forgy was a friend and counsel to many over the years. Senate President Robert Stivers said Forgy was a legendary leader who epitomized representing the people of the commonwealth.

Other Kentucky leaders, such as Congressman Hal Rogers, say Forgy was a captivating speaker and a loyal friend to people across the state.

US Senator Mitch McConnell released a statement that said in part that Forgy built a high-profile career in both law and politics, making it his life’s work to serve the Commonwealth and its citizens:

“I was saddened to learn of the passing of Larry Forgy, a prominent Kentucky Republican who made an important mark on our state party. Larry built a high-profile career in both law and politics, making it his life’s work to serve the Commonwealth and its citizens. Through his advocacy, he forged friendships with Kentuckians from all corners of our state, and I know we will all miss his humor, lively speeches, and kind heart. Elaine and I share our deepest condolences with the Forgy family and will hold them in our prayers.”

People say Forgy also had tremendous humor and wit about him, being a cut-up, to delivering some of the best stump speeches they had ever heard.

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