Lexington legislator Lamin Swann passes away at 45

Courtesy: Representative Lamin Swann Facebook Page

State Representative Lamin Swann, D-Lexington, passed away over the weekend following a “significant medical emergency.”

His passing was confirmed by his mother in a statement on Sunday while no additional information has been released at this time about his cause of death.

The 45-year-old lawmaker, who had cerebral palsy and spoke of the challenges that came with his disability on the House floor in Frankfort, was a freshman legislator sworn in after winning a contested general election race in the newly formed 93rd state House District in 2022.

Below are statements from Swann’s mother as well as both the Republican and Democratic caucuses released Sunday:

“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.  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.” – Pamela Dixon, mother of state Representative Lamin Swann

“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

“Representative Swann was an incredibly dedicated public servant committed to serving the people of the 93rd House District. While his time in the House has been cut short, Lamin had already established himself as a passionate advocate for his district as well as a voice for those who live with disabilities. He had many friends among our colleagues and served as a positive force in countless discussions. His loss will be felt by all who served with him. On behalf of the Kentucky House of Representatives, I extend our deepest condolences to Lamin’s loved ones and hope they find comfort in the legacy he leaves behind,” House Speaker David Osborne.

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