Former state Rep. Darryl Owens dies
Owens was 84 years old
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ) – Former state Rep. Darryl Owens died on Tuesday. Many took to social media to share condolences for the 84-year-old Louisville native.
Woodford County Judge Executive James Kay shared sympathies saying, “Kentucky lost a legend, pioneer & statesman in Rep. Darryl Owens. My love & prayers for his family. A great legal mind, honorable Judge & the conscience of the Ky House who fought for right. Honored to serve with him. Greater honor to know his friendship. One of the very best.”
Charles Booker took to Twitter to say in part, “Tonight, I am heartbroken. Rep. Darryl Owens, a lifelong public servant and advocate for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and my predecessor in the Kentucky House of Representatives, has passed.”
According to the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights, Owens devoted his life to public service and civil rights. He was the first black assistance prosecutor of Louisville police court. He was the first Black assistant Kentucky attorney general and handled legislation on collective bargaining for public employees, landlord-tenant issues, minority vendors, vehicle emissions testing ordinances, hazardous waste sites and Jefferson County residency requirements, according to the commission.
Owens became increasingly involved with civil rights issues as an attorney, community leader and president of the NAACP.
The politician was also a Democratic Party member of the Kentucky House of Representatives, representing District 43 from 2005 until his retirement in 2018.
Read more about his accomplishments HERE.
Funeral arrangements have not yet been shared.