(LEX 18) — Senator C.B. Embry, R-Morgantown, has died after an ongoing battle with cancer.
Kentucky State Senator Whitney Westerfield tweeted about the news on Friday morning.
I’ve learned this morning that my friend, Sen. CB Embry, passed away last night. Please keep Wanda and her family in your prayers. CB was good man, and a dedicated servant of his people to the very end. pic.twitter.com/nXnKvxw3yd— Whitney Westerfield (@KyWhitney) September 30, 2022
On Monday, it was announced that Senator Embry formally submitted his resignation from the General Assembly due to the illness. Embry had served in both the House of Representatives (District 17) and most recently in the Senate (District 6). He was 81 at the time of his death.
"C.B. Embry was a true gentleman and the consummate public servant, taking the duty and responsibility to represent the people until the very end," said Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers. "A dedicated family man, successful business owner, and inspirational man of faith, C.B.’s values served as a bedrock in the state Senate and his contributions to our Commonwealth stand out on their own. He was a passionate advocate for public education and veterans issues, and raised the bar on everything he touched. The Commonwealth is a better place because of C.B. Embry. We will forever hold you in our hearts, and offer our thoughts and prayers to Wanda and your entire family."
Over the last 50 years, Senator Embry was elected 12 times to five different public offices, including being elected a mayor in 1973, a county judge/executive in 1982, to the House of Representatives in 2002, and finally elected to his first term in the Senate in 2014.
“We're deeply saddened to learn of the passing of former state Sen. C.B. Embry, who served his constituents well during his tenure in local office and then during his many years representing them in both the Kentucky House and Senate," said Kentucky House Democratic Caucus Leaders Joni Jenkins, Derrick Graham, and Angie Hatton in a joint statement. "On behalf of the Kentucky House Democratic Caucus, we offer our condolences to his family and all who knew and loved him. He will be missed."