LEXINGTON, Ky. (KT) - The man who was Louisville’s longest-running mayor, earning the sobriquet “Mayor For Life,” will be inducted into the Kentucky Public Service Hall of Fame later this month.
Jerry Abramson served a total 21 years during two stints as chief executive of Kentucky’s largest city. He first served three terms, 1986-1999 as mayor of the city of Louisville, then two more terms, 2003-2010, as mayor of the merged Louisville Metro Government.
Before being elected Mayor, Abramson served two terms on the old Louisville Board of Aldermen, and was counsel to former Gov. John Y. Brown, Jr.
After finishing his final term as mayor, Abramson joined the slate for former Gov. Steve Beshear’s successful re-election bid, serving as lieutenant governor from 2011-14.
He left state government to join the Obama administration in Washington in November 2014 as director of Intergovernmental Affairs, a position he held until January 2017.
Higher education has always been a passion of Abramson, who currently is executive in residence at Spalding University in Louisville. He has taught classes at the University of Louisville’s College of Law and at Bellarmine University and been a guest lecturer at many other colleges and universities including Harvard University, Georgetown University, Boston University, Indiana University and the University of Kentucky.
He and his wife, Madeline, have a son, Sidney, and a daughter-in-law, Kandice.
The Public Service Hall of Fame ceremony is hosted by the University of Kentucky’s Martin School of Public Policy and Administration, will take place November 16 during the annual Alumni and Friends Dinner at UK’s Hilary J. Boone Center.