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Statements from public officials on Jim King's death

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Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer

"Our entire city mourns the loss of Jim King -- Metro Council President, loving husband, father and grandfather, businessman and entrepreneur.

Jim helped guide our city through an important era in history -- the merger of city and county governments. Having been elected to Metro Council in 2004 shortly after merger, he was highly skilled as leader of the Metro Council for an unprecedented five years. He was a very effective steward of Metro Government and an especially strong leader for the Council and the city at large.

I am grateful for the very effective working relationship and friendship I had with Jim. He was a fierce advocate for the greater good of Louisville, and he often helped find common ground on issues of importance to our city. He was a man focused on achieving positive results and a man of great determination, good humor and quick wit. He and his wife, Debbie, were a dynamic civic-centered couple. They have been very generous to our city over many years.

The ultimate measure of a person is the service they provide to others. Jim's life has been one of service and his legacy will be helping to create a much better and brighter Louisville."

Secretary of State Allison Grimes
"I am shocked and saddened to hear about the death of my friend Jim King. He was a respected businessman and an admirable public servant, and his death will leave a great void in Louisville and in Metro Government. Andrew and I send our thoughts and prayers to his family."

Attorney General Jack Conway
"Jim King was a family friend, a businessman who cared deeply about our community and a dedicated public servant. I was saddened to learn of his passing. Louisville has lost one of its champions. Elizabeth and I are keeping his wife, daughter and son in our thoughts and prayers."

Senator Morgan McGarvey
"Losing Jim King from leadership in Louisville is a shock and a sadness. He has provided so much of the strong leadership our city needed in working out the consolidation of city and county government. He was there with the right skills and the right personality at the right time. What amazed me about Jim was his ability to manage so much public service while also running a very successful business and maintaining absolute devotion to his family. He gave everything he had to give. There is a reason he was repeatedly re-elected Metro Council president. He was a very special person. Our thoughts and prayers are with Jim's family."

Treasurer Todd Hollenbach
"I was shocked and saddened to hear of the sudden passing of my good friend Jim King. He was an honorable husband and father and a great leader and public servant for the city he loved. Our prayers go out to his family. I will miss his friendship and we will all miss his leadership."

Congressman John Yarmuth
"Jim was a dedicated public servant and businessman who worked tirelessly on behalf of Louisvillians, always putting our great city first. My thoughts and prayers are with Deborah, their children and grandchildren, and the entire King family."

Gov. Steve Beshear
"What a shock and a terrible loss for all of us. Jane and I were saddened to learn of Jim King's passing. Jim loved working to make Louisville better, and every matter that came before the Metro Council, whether mundane or monumental, got his careful and detailed attention. The city was lucky to have such a dedicated elected official. Our thoughts are with his wife, Debbie, their four children, and grandchildren during this difficult time."

University of Louisville President Dr. James Ramsey
"Jim King was a great friend to the University of Louisville and to me personally. As a graduate, Athletic Association board member, donor and supporter of our economic development efforts, he was a great advocate. His connection ran deep. We will all miss his leadership on key issues important to our city and region."

David James District 6, Majority Leader

“I always appreciated the fact that regardless of the issue, I knew whenever I approached Jim, we could have an open and honest conversation. I enjoyed working with him and his passion for the City of Louisville was evident to everyone who knew him. We will continue to keep his family in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”

Kevin Kramer, District 11 Chair Minority Caucus

“My thoughts and prayers are with Jim's family. The community lost a very dedicated public servant who always had the best interest of the citizens at heart. Jim's knowledge of finance and his budget expertise were invaluable to the city. There was the other side of Jim that most people were never fortunate enough to see. Jim took a personal interest in people and causes he believed in. It was not uncommon for Jim to personally donate or just lend an ear or suggestion to causes and people he valued. While I will miss President King, most of all I will miss “Jim”.”

Madonna Flood, District 24 Vice Chair Majority Caucus

“President King's institutional knowledge, humor, and the way he handled issues simply cannot be replaced. We are grieving for the loss for his family and our city.”

Marilyn Parker, District 18 Vice Chair Minority Caucus

"I am greatly saddened about the loss of President King. Jim was a zealous advocate for all of Jefferson County's residents. His impact will live on forever. This is a great loss for his district, and for the entire city of Louisville."

Jessica Green, District 1

“I like many others are saddened by the passing of President King. Over the years, we shared the area of Newburg Road and he and I were able to do many things to improve my district and his. His leadership helped improve the lives of many others in Metro Louisville. My thoughts and prayers are with the King family.”

Barbara Shanklin, District 2

“I was so sorry to hear of President King's passing because he was a person who made a difference in my life on the Metro Council. He was always there to listen. Whether it was working with a Council member on a committee assignment or helping with a project or issue in my district, he was dedicated to do his best to help others. I considered him a personal friend. This world is a better place because of President Jim King. He will be missed by his colleagues, and all of Metro Louisville. I will continue to keep President Jim King's family lifted in prayer. They have my heartfelt sympathy.

Mary C. Woolridge, District 3

“We have lost a tremendous civic and business leader in Jim King. Whether it was his work on the Metro Council or in his philanthropic efforts through King Southern Bank, Jim has left his mark on our city and we are better for it. Carolyn and I extend our heartfelt thoughts and prayers to Debbie, Jimmie and Katie and the rest of the King family in their time of bereavement.”

David Tandy, District 4

“Jim loved two things very deeply: his family and his community. We all benefitted from his dedicated leadership on this Council having elected him as president an unprecedented number of times. His professional expertise was a tremendous benefit to this city and the decisions he made for this city will be felt for years to come. He really served in a bi-partisan manner and do what was best for the entire community. He was kind and generous to a fault. I will miss his wit, sense of humor, the twinkle in his eye and his smile. Many agencies in this community certainly benefitted from his thoughtful leadership and financial expertise as we recovered from the recession and made sound decisions for Metro Government and all of Louisville. The Council and this community have experienced a tremendous loss. We have lost a friend, a colleague, a visionary leader and true public servant. My heartfelt thoughts and sympathy are with his family and colleagues at this difficult time.”

Cheri Bryant Hamilton, District 5

"As a someone who has had the opportunity to know many within the King family my thoughts and prayers are with them during what is sure to be a difficult time. I looked forward to working with Jim on the council and hope to continue working in support of many of his goals for the citizens of Louisville. He was an admired leader in this community and will be missed."

Angela Leet, District 7

"As a Council leader, Jim King was an optimistic "let's get it done" kind of guy.”

Tom Owen, District 8

“I was saddened to hear of the passing of Council President Jim King. I admired President King's determination to make the Council an effective, independent legislative body. We can honor his memory by carrying on that work. My thoughts are with his wife, Debbie, his children, grandchildren and his many friends throughout Louisville at this difficult time.”

Bill Hollander, District 9

“Under Jim's leadership, the Council grew in stature and professionalism. More importantly, Jim truly cared about all parts of our community. Most importantly, he was a good friend and colleague. Metro will miss him, District 10 will miss him and I certainly will miss him.”

Rick Blackwell, District 12

“I am shocked to lose our Council President, friend and colleague today. He was a brilliant man that was well respected in our community. This is a very sad day for our city as well as the King family.”

Vicki Aubrey Welch, District 13

“Jim was a kind and compassionate man who will be sorely missed. He has been the glue that held this Council together for the last four years. His ability to work fairly with members on both sides of the aisle was unmatched and the void created without him is something we can only hope to bridge in the coming days. He was a dear friend and colleague and my heart goes out to his family in this most difficult time.”

Cindi Fowler, District 14

“Jim used his talents and leadership to better Metro Louisville and always had the community in the forefront of his mind. His steady leadership helped the Metro Council grow into a stronger legislative body; but he was much more than Metro Council President. Jim lit up when talking about his family, especially his grandchildren. He never missed their ball games and even coached little league. His presence will truly be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and all of his loved ones.”

Marianne Butler, District 15

“Today I've lost a dear friend. The Metro Council has lost a great leader, and Metro Louisville has lost part of the mortar that holds our city together.”

Kelly Downard, District 16

“I came to know Jim as a good friend over the last several years and was always impressed with his commitment to this Council and his passion toward moving the entire city forward. My thoughts and prayers continue to be with his family as they grieve for their loved one.”

Glen Stuckel, District 17

“I have known Jim for a couple of years. He will be greatly missed and I regret that I didn't have an opportunity to work with him at Metro Council. My sympathy goes to Debbie and the rest of his family.”

Julie Denton, District 19

“He was my best friend and I will miss him.”

Dan Johnson, District 21

My heartfelt sadness goes out to the entire King family, my wife and I have witnessed Jim's love and passion for his grandchildren as we often talked at their basketball games over the years. The Metro Council and the taxpayers of our great city can be thankful to Jim for his tenacity toward working for solutions to challenges within the city budget, the downtown arena and so many other projects. He was a friend and colleague that will be sorely missed. May God Bless him and his family in this time of grief.

Robin Engel, District 22

“Today, we recognize the loss of an exemplary community leader and a respected colleague. President Jim King was my friend. He will be sorely missed; his legacy will echo through the countless people and projects in Louisville Metro that have been affected by his leadership. My prayers are with his family as they grieve alongside our city."

David Yates, District 25

“Jim was a great man in more ways than one can list. With his passing, this world, and our city in particular, is a little less interesting.”

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