Jerry Abramson

Kentucky Public Service Hall of Fame
2018

Former Mayor of Louisville KY

Martin School

Jerry Abramsom served a total of 21 years as Louisville's mayor, where he earned the nickname "Mayor for Life." He left local government in 2011 to serve as Kentucky's Lieutenant Governor in Frankfort under former Gov. Steve Beshear.  He left Kentucky for Washington in November, 2014 to join President Barack Obama's administration as Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, a position he held until January 2017. 

Abramson's three consecutive terms as mayor of the City of Louisville (1986-1999) were followed by two terms as mayor of the merged Louisville Metro Government (2003-2010). During his tenure as mayor, Louisville experienced unprecedented growth and progress. Abramson also was president of the National Conference of Mayors from 1993-94.  Prior to being elected mayor, Abramson was a two-term Louisville alderman. Later he served as counsel to former Gov. John Y. Brown Jr. 

After leaving government, Abramson was Executive in Residence at Spalding University in Louisville. He has taught classes at the University of Louisville's College of Law and at Bellarmine University. He has been a guest lecturer at many other colleges and universities, including Harvard University, Georgetown University, Boston University, Indiana University and UK. Abramson is a graduate of Indiana University and the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington D.C.  He and his wife, Madeline, have a son, Sidney, and a daughter-in-law, Kandice.

Note: Abramson's copy courtesy Mike J Ruehling.