State Senator C.B. Embry passes away after cancer battle

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Just days after Kentucky state Senator C.B. Embry Jr. submitted his formal resignation because of his health, state leaders confirmed Friday morning the Morgantown lawmaker has passed away following a battle with cancer. Embry was 81 years old.

Embry was elected to the House of Representatives in 2002, where he served until he was elected to the state Senate in 2014. He has also served in five different public offices, including being elected mayor in 1973 and county judge executive in 1982.

“I am saddened to learn this morning of the passing of C.B. Embry. He was loyal to the people of Western Kentucky and his contribution to the legislature over the last 20 years is immeasurable – he will be greatly missed,” Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said.

“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.  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,” Senate President Robert Stivers said in a statement on behalf of the state Senate.

“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.  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.” – Kentucky House Democratic Caucus Leaders Joni Jenkins, Derrick Graham and Angie Hatton.

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