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Condolences Being Offered For Longtime Jessamine County State Senator

Kentucky Legislative Research Commission

Longtime Central Kentucky State Lawmaker Tom Buford has died unexpectedly.  The 72-year-old Jessamine County Senator is being remembered fondly by general assembly colleagues on both sides of the political aisle. 

The Nicholasville legislator held a seat in the Kentucky Senate for more than three decades.  Buford was chosen to serve as minority whip in his GOP caucus during his first term in office.  

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said, “Tom was unafraid to take on tough issues and fought hard for Kentucky’s most vulnerable, with a special focus on the disabled.”  

Serving alongside him for almost 25 years, State Senate President Robert Stivers said he was lucky to witness Buford’s political acumen as well as an infectious sense of humor.  

House Democratic Leaders Joni Jenkins, Derrick Graham, and Angie Hatton said, “Losing a fellow legislator is like losing family, and we were proud to work with him on bipartisan measures that are too numerous to count.” 

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