Rep. Lamin Swann Dies Days After Being Hospitalized

Weeks after his first legislative session in Frankfort, Lexington Democratic state Rep. Lamin Swann has died, according to his family.

Swann suffered a “medical emergency” requiring hospitalization on May 10, at the time his family requested prayers and privacy.

“There are no words to fully describe the grief and impossible loss that others and I feel right now after saying good-bye earlier today to my beloved son, Lamin,” said Pamela Dixon, mother of state Representative Lamin Swann. “Beyond our faith, what comforts us is knowing the positive and lasting impact he had on so many.  Those include his loved ones and friends; those he advocated for throughout his life; and, now, those whose own lives will forever be strengthened by his decision to be an organ donor.  We are extremely grateful for the outpouring of love and support we have received over the last several days, and I know he felt it, too. Thank you.”

Swann represented the 93rd House District, which includes a portion of Lexington. The Kentucky Democratic caucus issued a statement on Sunday morning.

“Our caucus is devastated by the news of Lamin’s passing, and we pray for his family during this extremely difficult time.  Lamin was a great friend, and our caucus is better for having known and worked alongside him.  He served his constituents as well as anyone ever has.  He was an especially strong advocate for Fayette County as well as countless other Kentuckians who benefited from his voice on issues ranging from social justice to expanding disability rights, causes we will continue to champion on his behalf.  We truly enjoyed working with him and only wish it could have been for far longer.” – Kentucky House Democratic Caucus Leaders Derrick Graham, Cherlynn Stevenson and Rachel Roberts.

The Kentucky Democratic Party also issued a statement after the announcement of Swann’s death.

“Like most Kentuckians, Lamin knew hardships, but his spirit always reflected a belief that anything worth dreaming was possible, said KDP Chairman Colmon Elridge. “With countless examples of hard work, perseverance, and his overwhelming capacity to love and respect everyone, he showed us how to overcome. That was his character and those were the values he carried into the legislative chamber as a state representative.

“For nearly two decades, I was blessed to call Lamin Swann my brother,” Elridge continued. “This is a heartbreaking and monumental loss for his family, his loved ones, his community, his colleagues, for our party, for me, and for Kentucky. We send our love, strength, and prayers to his mother Pamela, the rest of his family and those blessed to know and love Lamin. May God welcome this great and faithful servant with open arms.”

Final arrangements for Swann will be announced in the coming days.