Former national political figure, Kentucky gubernatorial candidate Larry Forgy dies at 82

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Published: Jan. 13, 2022 at 5:44 AM EST
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (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. We previously reported he had a heart attack in 2017.

State Auditor Mike Harmon released a statement about Forgy Thursday morning.

“I’m saddened to learn of the passing of Larry Forgy. His passion was for the betterment of our Commonwealth, and he dedicated much of his life in advocating for Kentucky. Lynn and I offer our prayers to his family.”

State Auditor Mike Harmon

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell also released a statement about his passing.

“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.”

U.S. Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell

Early Thursday afternoon, Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers from Manchester added his condolences.

“Larry Forgy was a legendary leader and a man who epitomized representing the people of the commonwealth. Larry would travel anywhere the people were and was one of the best at delivering stump speeches. No matter the audience or the location, he had a unique ability to captivate any audience. Larry actually served with my father and helped countless leaders on their campaign trails. I am fortunate to have known such a great man and learned much from him, like so many. He was the face of our party for decades and I will miss him dearly.”

Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers

Forgy started his long political career back in the late 1960s. He ran for governor on the Republican ticket in 1995, but lost in the general election to former Governor and Pikeville native Paul Patton.

U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers (KY-05) released the following statement on the death of Larry Forgy.

“We could all learn from Larry Forgy’s friendly disposition and unwavering commitment to make Kentucky a better place to live. He was a captivating speaker and a loyal friend to folks across the state. Over the years, Larry and I spent some time together on the campaign trail, and I’ll always be grateful for his friendship and staunch advocacy for conservative values. Cynthia and I extend our heartfelt sympathies to our dear friend Alice and the entire Forgy family.”

U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers

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