Respected Kentucky lawyer and politician W. Terry McBrayer passes away at 83

W. Terry McBrayer, senior partner and lead lobbyist for the influential McBrayer, McGinnis, Leslie & Kirkland law firm in Lexington passed away early Sunday morning after a five-year battle with cancer at the age of 83.

McBrayer was a lifelong Kentuckian who has been involved in many aspects of state politics. He ran for governor as a Democrat in 1979, served as Chairman of the Kentucky Democratic Party, was a member of the Kentucky House of Representatives, serving in the leadership roles of House Speaker Pro Tempore and Majority Floor Leader during his tenure, served as chief executive officer for former governor Julian Carroll, and more.

Along with his time in Kentucky politics, McBrayer has built a successful law firm that has grown to the eighth largest firm in the Commonwealth consisting of nearly 60 attorneys practicing around the state in many areas of the law. He also started a government affairs practice to lobby in Frankfort.

In November 2019, McBrayer sat down with The Bottom Line for an exclusive interview about his life and career. Watch the full interview below to get insight into his impressive life and accomplishments:

Find a statement from his daughter Sarah McBrayer Savarie on Facebook here:

Read what Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had to say about McBrayer’s leadership and friendship here:

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