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Former House Majority Leader, Rep. John 'Bam' Carney, has died

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Posted at 10:58 AM, Jul 17, 2021

Kentucky representative and former House Majority Leader, Rep. John 'Bam' Carney, has died.

This comes after he returned homeafter being hospitalized more than a year ago due to a serious illness.

Carney became sick on Christmas of 2019. He was diagnosed with pancreatitis, which led to several life-threatening complications.

Senator Mitch McConnell released the following statement on Carney's death:

Bam Carney was a tireless public servant whose devotion to his fellow Kentuckians knew no bounds. He uplifted the lives of his constituents through more than a decade of hard work and dedication, deeply committed to Central Kentucky and its people. It is a testament to his strong character that he was chosen to lead Kentucky Republicans as the House Majority Leader, a role which he passionately embraced.

Throughout his tenure, Bam took on tough issues and fought for Kentucky’s most vulnerable students, using his expertise as an educator and coach to change the Commonwealth for the better. During his long illness, he continued to serve in a different way by becoming an inspiration to others who face hardships. The people of Kentucky are profoundly thankful for his advocacy and work.

From the statehouse, to the classroom, to the United States Senate, Kentuckians are deeply saddened by this loss. Elaine and I share our heartfelt condolences with Bam’s family, colleagues, and friends.

Auditor Mike Harmon also released a statement:

House Democratic Caucus Leaders Joni Jenkins, Derrick Graham, and Angie Hatton released the following statement:

We deeply mourn the passing of state Representative Bam Carney, a good friend we were proud to serve with in the Kentucky House, and pray for his family during this difficult time. For more than a year and a half, he fought his illness with the same level of determination and dignity that he brought to his work as a legislator and as a legislative leader. He was an outstanding public servant who truly believed that, whatever our differences, we are united as Kentuckians. He will be missed, but his life and legacy will never be forgotten.

Carney represented Taylor and Adair Countiesin the 51st district. He was first elected back in 2009.