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Jerry Abramson
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Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky
In office
December 13, 2011 - Present
Term ends
Years in position 4
PredecessorDaniel Mongiardo (D)
Base salary$113,615
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 8, 2011
Next generalNovember 2015
Campaign $$9,967,222
Term limitsTwo consecutive terms
Prior offices
Mayor of Louisville
January 3, 2003 - January 3, 2011
January 1, 1986 – January 1, 1999
Bachelor'sIndiana University
J.D.Georgetown University Law Center
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Army
Years of service1969-1971
Date of birthSeptember 12, 1946
Place of birthLouisville, Kentucky
Office website
Campaign website
Jerry Edwin Abramson, (b. September 12, 1946, in Louisville, Kentucky) is the current Democratic Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky. He was first elected in 2011 on a ticket with incumbent Governor Steve Beshear.[1] They defeated David Williams/Richie Farmer (R) and Gatewood Galbraith/Dea Riley (I) in the general election on November 8, 2011.

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.[2] 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.[3]


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.[3]


  • Seneca High School
  • BA, - Indiana University
  • JD - Georgetown University Law Center

Political career

Kentucky Lieutenant Governor (2011-present)

Abramson has served as Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky since December 13, 2011. He was elected on a ticket with Gov. Steve Beshear.

Marriage equality

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.”[4]

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.[5] 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.[5]


Year Award By whom
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.[2]



See also: Kentucky gubernatorial and lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2011

On November 8, 2011 Abramson and Beshear defeated David Williams/Richie Farmer (R) and Gatewood Galbraith/Dea Riley (I).

Governor and Lt. Governor of Kentucky, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSteve 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
Total Votes 833,139

Campaign donors

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.[6]

Jerry Abramson's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2011 Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky* Won $9,967,222
Grand Total Raised $9,967,222
*These totals are for a joint-ticket campaign with governor running mate Steve Beshear.


Ballotpedia collects information on campaign donors for each year in which a candidate or incumbent is running for election. The following table offers a breakdown of Jerry Abramson's donors each year.[7] Click [show] for more information.


Along with his wife, Madeline, and their son, Abramson resides on Crescent Hill in Louisville.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Daniel Mongiardo (D)
Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky
2011 - present
Succeeded by