Longtime Louisville Rep. Jim Wayne will not seek re-election

11/07/2017 10:17 AM

After 27-years in the House of Representatives Rep. Jim Wayne has announced he will not seek another term.

Wayne had been diagnosed with cancer of the larynx and lymph nodes in May of 2015, and endured 35 rounds of radiation and chemotherapy treatments in an effort to eradicate the cancer. He announced a clean bill of health and remission of the cancer in December of 2015, as he sought a 14th term in the House.

The Louisville Democrat remarked on the partnerships and alliances he built during his time in office to pass legislation and enact change.

“Progress is achieved by those dedicated to the hard work of building coalitions and fighting for change,” Wayne said in a statement. “I’m fortunate that I’ve partnered with people who not only have enriched my life, but have created lasting change in our commonwealth.

“It has been a blessing beyond measure to work so closely with people committed to justice and progress,” he continued. “I couldn’t ask for better allies, and I can’t thank the people in my district enough for trusting me to be their voice at the State Capitol.”

Wayne pointed to promoting affordable housing, protecting children from sexual predators, improving campus safety, and helping Louisville families whose neighborhoods impacted by the expansion of Louisville International Airport as key legislative victories from his time in office.

The Louisville Democrat and author has been a staunch advocate for tax fairness and a member of several groups aimed at reforming the tax code.

In a news release, Wayne noted that in his final year as a lawmaker he will continue to push for a statewide ban on corporal punishment in schools; continue the call gun safety laws and push for legislation that would allow local governments to regulate firearms, prohibit guns from college campuses, and implement licensing of gun owners and registration of firearm and ammunition. And of course, he said he will continue to promote tax reform that “supports working families and promotes fairness in Kentucky.”

“I’ll remain as busy as ever for the remainder of my term. After that, I hope we’ll have a new legislator with a commitment to social justice that I can enjoy supporting just as strongly as the people of the 35th District have supported me for 27 years.”

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