Jerry Abramson officially resigns from state government to move to federal government
FRANKFORT, Ky. (WDRB) -- Once dubbed the city's "Mayor for Life", Kentucky's Lt. Governor is now preparing to start a new job at the White House.
Jerry Abramson's official resignation took place at 5 p.m. Thursday. He starts his new job on Monday as Deputy Assistant to President Obama and Director of Intergovernmental Affairs. His last official duty as Lt. Gov brought him back to downtown Louisville, he talked bridges with a group of northern Kentucky leaders.
Before Abramson is set to serve as Director of Intergovernmental Affairs in the White House, he reflected on the city where he served as mayor for 21 years.
"It was 1985, I was in my 30's, single, and never expected anything other than one four-year term. If you remember back then, the mayor of Louisville could only have one four-year term," Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson said.
A constitutional amendment changed that, allowing three consecutive terms.
Abramson was then elected to two terms as Metro Mayor after the merger of city and county governments. Slugger Field, Waterfront Park and the Louisville airport expansion were all part of his accomplishments while in office.
He told WDRB in 2010 what he considered his biggest win. "When i came into office in 1985, this was a glass half-empty community. It didn't believe in itself and didn't feel it could compete with anyone, and I feel I've created an energy of a glass half-full."
Abramson has spent the last few years beside Governor Steve Beshear.
"It's been a good 3-year run and I think Kentucky is a little better off because I had the opportunity to hold the position of Lt. Governor and now I hope I can do something for our nation when I get to the white house," he said.
He starts his new job at the White House Monday morning, but he hopes to get back to Louisville every month to visit his wife and son.
"This is a heck of a place to live, raise a family and enjoy life and I'll miss it," Abramson said. "When the president makes an offer its tough to refuse. I started my career in public service with the federal government and it looks like I will end my career in public service with the federal government."
Former state auditor Crit Luallen took over as his replacement for Lieutenant Governor Thursday following his resignation. She was sworn in Thursday as Kentucky's 56th Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky in a private ceremony.
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