Just days after stepping down from the Kentucky General Assembly amid a battle with cancer, Republican Sen. C.B. Embry has passed away.
Auditor Mike Harmon confirmed Embry’s death in a statement, saying, “I’m saddened to learn of the passing of former State Senator and State Representative C.B. Embry. C.B. made a lifelong commitment to being a servant leader, driven by his faith, his family, and his love of our great Commonwealth,” his statement said, in part.
Kentucky Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell said in a statement: “Elaine and I are heartbroken to learn of the loss of my good friend C.B. Embry. For more than fifty years, until just this week, he dutifully served the people of Kentucky as Mayor, County Judge-Executive, State Representative, and State Senator. I join with the chorus of Kentuckians he touched throughout his long career in mourning his loss.”
Embry, a Republican lawmaker from Morgantown, resigned last week, submitting his resignation letter to Senate President Robert Stivers.
“C.B. Embry is the epitome of a committed public servant who traveled back and forth to Frankfort, scheduling his treatments around our floor and committee activity,” Stivers said in a statement.
Embry has been elected 12 times to five different public offices over the last 50 years. He was elected to the Kentucky House of Representatives in 2002. He was then elected to the Senate in 2014 and has served on several committees, including his final position as chair of the Veterans, Military Affairs, and Public Protection Committee.
Embry made the announcement earlier this year that he would be stepping down due to his battle with cancer. He would undergo cancer treatment during legislative sessions, so he could cast votes and uphold his duty to his constituents.
“It has been an honor of a lifetime to serve the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the good of the people of District 6,” Embry said in his resignation letter. “During my time in the Senate, I can truly say that I and my colleagues worked each day to make Kentucky an even greater state.”
“C.B. Embry is one of the kindest souls I encountered during my tenure in Frankfort. His dedication to representing his constituents, upholding his duty as a public servant, and sticking to his values are unmatched. Nothing but respect,” Republican communications official Noah Lucas tweeted.
Upon his resignation, House Speaker David Osborne called him an “indomitable advocate for the people of his district,” adding that, “C.B. is the very definition of a servant leader, guided by his faith to be an indomitable advocate for the people of his district. That same faith has made him an inspiration as his commitment to family and service has not waivered during this long and arduous battle with cancer. I wish he and Wanda the very best and the comfort of knowing that they are both leaving here after a job well done.”
“While I am saddened to learn that Senator Embry has resigned, I respect his decision as I respect him for his lifelong commitment to bettering our commonwealth,” Osborne said. “It was an honor to serve with him in the House and a privilege to work with him after he was elected to the Senate.”
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