Current Kentucky office-holders have joined other national, state and local leaders in commenting on the passing of Former U.S. Senator and baseball Hall-of-Famer Jim Bunning. Bunning died Friday at the age of 85.
Congressman Andy Barr (R-6th District) issued the following statement on the passing of former Kentucky Senator Jim Bunning:
“Today, Kentucky mourns the loss of a true legend. After a remarkable career in baseball, Jim Bunning could have gone anywhere and done anything.
He chose to come home to Kentucky where he dedicated his life to his family and to public service.
Throughout his entire career he remained a principled conservative and unrelenting fighter for the causes he believed in and for the people of the Commonwealth. “
From Ky’s Senior Senator Mitch McConnell: “Senator Jim Bunning led a long and storied life. From his days in the major leagues to his years as my colleague in the Senate -- and the many points in between, from the City Council to the House of Representatives -- Jim rarely shied away from a new adventure. This Hall of Famer will long be remembered for many things, including a perfect game, a larger-than-life personality, a passion for Kentucky, and a loving family.”
Lexington Mayor Jim Gray issued the following statement, “"Senator Bunning was known as a baseball great and a principled public servant who served the people of the Commonwealth with integrity."
Bunning's son, Judge David Bunning posted a family photo and commented in a tweet, saying "Heaven got its No 1 starter today. Our lives & the nation are better off because of your love & dedication to family."