Republican Larry Forgy With Deep Ties to KY Politics Dies at 82

Prominent Kentucky Republican Larry Forgy who ran for governor three times and had ties to politics going back decades has died. He was 82 years old.

Sen. Alice Forgy Kerr, R-Lexington, Forgy’s sister shared the news on her Facebook page Thursday morning.

Kerr said that Forgy died at UK Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky, just before 1 am Thursday morning.

“He was a devoted son, brother, father, and friend in addition to his long and distinguished career in law and politics,” Kerr wrote. “We are all heartbroken to lose this wonderful man who had a profound impact in Kentucky, but we are comforted to know that he is now in the embrace of our Heavenly Father.”

Kerr added that Forgy had been in declining health over the last several years.

Forgy’s career in politics put him in Frankfort during the administration of then Gov. Louie Nunn, where he served as budget director. In 1987 he began his first gubernatorial campaign but soon dropped out during the primary citing fundraising issues. He ran again in 1991 but lost in the GOP primary to Congressman Larry Hopkins. Forgy ran one more time in 1995 where he earned the Republican nomination but came up short against Paul Patton.

He took part in numerous campaigns on behalf of himself and others in the years that followed his run for governor.

Funeral arrangements will be forthcoming.