Ex-Kentucky Dem Party chief, lawmaker Terry McBrayer dies at 83
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP/WTVQ) – Terry McBrayer, a political power broker in Kentucky as a lawmaker and a Democratic Party leader whose influence reached beyond the state, has died.
He was 83. The Lexington law firm that McBrayer founded in 1963 in Greenup says he died early Sunday morning after a long battle with cancer.
He is survived by his children, Sarah McBrayer Savarie and John Lawton McBrayer, his sister, Judy McBrayer Campbell, and his five grandchildren, Alex McBrayer, Mina McBrayer, Odin McBrayer, Beatrice Savarie, and Lucy Savarie.
McBrayer was a senior member at a Lexington law firm he started in 1963 and was a longtime Democratic National Committee member.
“His is a loss from which we are not soon to recover,” the law firm said about his passing.
He led the Kentucky campaign for President Bill Clinton in 1992 and 1996.
McBrayer was elected state party chairman in 1995. He represented Greenup County in the Kentucky House from 1966 until 1976.
The following is a statement from Ben Self, Chair of the Kentucky Democratic Party:
“Terry was a pillar of our community and a leader throughout our commonwealth. Terry served others in many ways throughout his life – as a state representative, as chair of the Kentucky Democratic Party and a DNC member for many years. Personally, I always appreciated his feedback and guidance. We need more people who live their life like Terry McBrayer did. We will miss him and our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.”
Senator Mitch McConnell also releasing a statement saying McBrayer was a force of nature in Kentucky politics, it reads:
“When Terry set his mind on a goal, he refused to be outworked. That’s how a lawyer from Greenup built a national reputation and a lasting legacy. Terry was not only a great campaigner, but also a skilled policymaker. His time in Frankfort saw major initiatives for our Commonwealth’s future. Terry’s contributions can be seen across Kentucky, especially at his cherished alma mater, Morehead State University. We may have come from different sides of politics, but we shared a deep love of our Commonwealth and a determination to help it succeed. Terry was always ready to extend kindness, even to political rivals. Elaine and I will miss Terry’s friendship and leadership in Kentucky. We send our sincere condolences to his children, family, colleagues, and friends.”
Senate President Robert Stiver also issued a statement:
“Earlier today, the Commonwealth lost a substantial figure in both the legal and political communities with the passing of Terry McBrayer. Terry, through our many professional interactions, taught me the importance of maintaining the difficult balance that is law, life, and politics. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family as they navigate this difficult time.”