Wendell Ford


Former Kentucky governor and U.S. Sen. Wendell Ford is being remembered for his ability to get things done at the highest levels of government without compromising his love for his state or its people.


The passing of former Kentucky Governor and U.S. Senator Wendell Ford signals the end of a political era.  So says, Al Smith, who reported on Ford for decades.  Smith, the former long-time host of KET's Comment on Kentucky, says Ford was partisan, but he was fair.  "A favor for the powerful was followed by a vote for those who were not powerful,” Smith said. “He was really and truly a balanced representative of all of the interests in Kentucky."


A man considered one of the most consequential Kentucky politicians of the 20th century is dead at the age of 90.

U.S. Senate Historical Office

Former U.S. Sen. Wendell Ford from Kentucky says he is undergoing treatment for lung cancer.

The former four-term Democrat says he was recently diagnosed with a malignancy on one of his lungs.