KDP and state AFL-CIO statements on the Passing of Rep. Lamin Swann
Lamin Swann was a friend, a fighter and an inspiration for countless Kentuckians
Jeff Wiggins, Kentucky State AFL-CIO secretary-treasurer: He was a friend to the working families in Kentucky. He did a layman's job and tried to help us every way he could in the last session.
Liles Taylor, Kentucky State AFL-CIO political coordinator: Lamin was a friend of mine for 14 years. We were roommates in 2009 at the Young Democrats of America national convention in Chicago. Now Rep. Chad Aull was president of the Kentucky Young Democrats. A bunch of us went on a bus and we we successful got now KDP Chair Party Chair Colmon Elridge elected vice president of the Young Democrats of America. It was an exciting thing Lamin stepped up to run in the new state House district that was created from redistricting in Lexington. The seat was really a tossup and for him to win was a big step for Democrats.
Kentucky Democratic Party Chair Colmon Elridge: Like most Kentuckians, Lamin knew hardships, but his spirit always reflected a belief that anything worth dreaming was possible. With countless examples of hard work, perseverance, and his overwhelming capacity to love and respect everyone, he showed us how to overcome. That was his character and those were the values he carried into the legislative chamber as a state representative. For nearly two decades, I was blessed to call Lamin Swann my brother. This is a heartbreaking and monumental loss for his family, his loved ones, his community, his colleagues, for our party, for me, and for Kentucky. We send our love, strength, and prayers to his mother Pamela, the rest of his family and those blessed to know and love Lamin. May God welcome this great and faithful servant with open arms.