Office of the Attorney General
Statement from Attorney General Conway Regarding the Passing of Former U.S. Senator Wendell Ford

Press Release Date:  Thursday, January 22, 2015  
Contact Information:  Allison Gardner Martin
Communications Director
502-696-5651 (office)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – “This is a sad day for all of Kentucky.  Wendell Ford was a lion of a public servant for Kentucky and the nation, but he had the heart and kindness of a lamb.  He was my dear friend, and one of the largest influences on my professional life.  I am so saddened to learn of his passing, yet I know I am blessed to have known him and learned from him.  Since I was 18 years old, I have kept a picture of the two of us, signed by him, from the day we first met in his office in Washington, D.C.  I keep it because I recall how extraordinarily kind and attentive he was to a high school kid, and it serves as a reminder to me of how people should be treated.

Wendell Ford fought for Kentucky - its schools, its towns, its farmers, and its airports.  But most of all, he fought for the people of the Commonwealth he loved so dearly.  What a public servant.  What a man.  What a life.  Rest in peace, my dear friend.

Elizabeth and I, and our family, send our condolences to his wife Jean (who even the Senator called ‘Mrs. Ford’), to his children Steve and Shirley, to his grandchildren, and to the entire Ford family.  They will be in our prayers.”

Jack Conway
Kentucky Attorney General