Jerry E. Abramson
|Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky|
|December 13, 2011 - Present|
|Years in position||3|
|Predecessor||Daniel Mongiardo (D)|
|Elections and appointments|
|First elected||November 8, 2011|
|Next general||November 2015|
|Term limits||Two consecutive terms|
|Mayor of Louisville|
|January 3, 2003 - January 3, 2011|
January 1, 1986 – January 1, 1999
|J.D.||Georgetown University Law Center|
|Years of service||1969-1971|
|Birthday||September 12, 1946|
|Place of birth||Louisville, Kentucky|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Political career
- 3 Elections
- 4 Campaign donors
- 5 Personal
- 6 Recent news
- 7 See also
- 8 External links
- 9 References
Abramson was sworn into office on December 13, 2011, for a four year term ending in December 2015. His seat will come up for election again in 2015, and he is eligible to run for a second term.
Abramson entered politics as a Louisville Board of Aldermen, representing the Third Ward from 1976-1980. His political career did not begin in earnest, however, until 1985, when he was elected Mayor of Louisville. He served in this position from 1986 until 1999, during which time he championed the city's merger with the surrounding area to create the Louisville-Metro area. He later won election as Mayor of the new city-county structure and served two more terms, from 2003 until 2011. He holds the record for the longest mayoral tenure Louisville history.
Growing up in the suburbs of Lousiville, Abramson worked at his family's grocery in the Smokewood neighborhood of Lousiville. From there, he went to neighboring Indiana to study business at Bloomington and then spent two years in the army.
Abramson returned to Kentucky after earning a J.D. at Georgetown and joined Greenebaum Doll & McDonald, PLLC. He also served two terms as an alderman before his first mayoral run.
- Seneca High School
- BA, - Indiana University
- JD - Georgetown University Law Center
Kentucky Lieutenant Governor (2011-present)
On April 8, 2013, Abramson announced that he and his wife supported marriage equality, stating, "I don’t believe government should judge which adults can and which cannot make a loving, life-long commitment to each other. That’s why both Madeline and I support marriage equality for all adults.”
Mayor of Louisville (1986-1999, 2003-2011)
Abramson served as the Mayor of Louisville, Kentucky from January 1, 1986–January 1, 1999 and January 3, 2003-January 3, 2011, representing 700,000 citizens. Abramson was elected to the position of mayor five times, leading to his nickname, “Mayor for Life.” He is also the longest serving mayor in the 231-year-old city’s history.
Abramson served three terms as mayor of the City of Louisville in the 1980s and 1990s. In November 2002, he was elected for his fourth term as the first Mayor of Louisville Metro with nearly 74 percent of the vote.
In his last two terms as mayor, the city had:
- reduced in government size by nearly 20 percent
- added police officers and launched MetroSafe – a $70 million communications network that links more than 4,000 police, fire, EMS and other emergency responders throughout the region
- added to the development of Waterfront Park, adding 4,000 acres of suburban parkland thorough a public-private partnership, developing a 100-mile Louisville Loop trail and investing millions of dollars in improvements to existing parks.
- developed Liberty Green, a $230 million transformation of the former Clarksdale public housing project east of downtown into a mixed-income neighborhood. It
- expanded Louisville International Airport by $700 million.
- Created a new neighborhood of homes and apartments in the Park DuValle neighborhood.
- developed partnerships with the private sector to enhance parks and green space.
|2005||Kentucky’s best civic leader (5-time)||Kentucky Monthly magazine|
|2003||Local Public Official of the Year||Governing magazine|
|1993||President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors||U.S. Conference of Mayors|
|1993||Distinguished Public Service Award||U.S. Conference of Mayors|
|1987||Top 20 Mayors in America||U.S. News & World Report|
|1986||Top 25 Most Dynamic Mayors in America||Newsweek|
Louisville Board of Aldermen (1976-1980)
Abramson served on the Louisville Board of Aldermen, representing the Third Ward from 1976-1980.
|Governor and Lt. Governor of Kentucky, 2011|
|Democratic||Steve Beshear and Jerry E. Abramson||55.7%||464,245|
|Republican||David Williams and Richie Farmer||35.3%||294,034|
|Independent||Gatewood Galbraith and Dea Riley||9%||74,860|
Comprehensive donor information for Abramson is available dating back to 2011. Based on available campaign finance records, Abramson raised a total of $9,967,222 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 11, 2013.
|Jerry E. Abramson's Campaign Contribution History|
|2011||Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky*||$9,967,222|
|Grand Total Raised||$9,967,222|
|*These totals are for a joint-ticket campaign with governor running mate Steve Beshear.|
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|Jerry Abramson's Campaign Contributions|
Lt. Governor of Kentucky
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$2,645,573 (Republican)|
|Top 5 contributors||Kentucky Democratic Party||$1,533,559|
|American Electric Power||$3,000|
|International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers||$2,500|
Along with his wife, Madeline, and their son, Abramson resides on Crescent Hill in Louisville.
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- Kentucky gubernatorial and lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2011
- Gubernatorial elections, 2011
- Governor of Kentucky
- Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky
- Office of the Kentucky Lieutenant Governor
- Project Vote Smart biographical profile
- Mayor's website
- Indiana University
- Georgetown University
- U.S. Army
- Greenebaum Doll and McDonald LLC
- Frost Brown Todd LLC
- Bellarmine University
- Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky, "Lieutenant Governor Jerry Abramson," accessed March 28, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "Lieutenant Governor Jerry E. Abramson's Biography," accessed March 28, 2013
- Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky Jerry Abramson, "About the Lt. Governor," accessed September 16, 2013
- Talking Points Memo, "Kentucky Lt. Governor Backs Marriage Equality," April 9, 2013
- Mayor's website
- Follow the Money, "Career fundraising for Steven L. Beshear & Daniel Mongiardo," accessed July 11, 2013
- Follow the Money.org
Daniel Mongiardo (D)
|Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky
2011 - present
| Succeeded by|