Former Gov. Brereton Jones Passes Away at 84

Former Kentucky Governor Brereton Jones passed away on Monday at the age of 84, according to current Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear. Jones served as the 58th governor of the Commonwealth serving a term from 1991 to 1995.

Jones also served as the 50th lieutenant governor of Kentucky from 1987 to 1991. Jones’ chief accomplishment in office was leading a shift to the constitution allowing governors to serve two consecutive terms in office.

“Gov. Jones was a dedicated leader and a distinguished thoroughbred owner who worked to strengthen Kentucky for our families,” Beshear said.

Kentucky House Speaker David Osborne said he was saddened to learn of Jones’ passing.

“Brereton was a good friend and a fine man,” Osborne said. “He cared deeply about the people of our Commonwealth and his commitment to Kentucky remained a common thread in every aspect of his life, whether it be political, civic, business, or personal.

“One of the greatest hallmarks of his character was that he simply did not care who got the credit as long as the goal was accomplished,” he continued. “As Governor, as well as in the three decades since leaving office, he found a way to balance progress with knowing what must be preserved. We saw it in the issues he tackled in office, as well as in his work to bring the equine industry together.

“On behalf of the Kentucky House of Representatives, I share our heartfelt condolences with Libby and family. While Kentucky lost a great leader, they lost a husband, father, and friend. I hope they find comfort in knowing that the Commonwealth is better because of his efforts.”

Kentucky House Democrats issued a joint statement marking the passing of the former governor.

“We are saddened to learn of the passing of former Governor Brereton Jones and extend condolences to his family.  He served Kentucky admirably as lieutenant governor and governor, twin roles in which he left an indelible mark on the commonwealth.  He was a staunch advocate for improving healthcare access for all citizens; he embraced needed ethics reforms for government; he was a vocal supporter of our signature horse industry and state parks; and he helped clear the way for future constitutional officers to serve two consecutive terms.  There is no doubt that Kentuckians are much better off because of Governor Jones’ public service.” – Kentucky House Democratic Caucus Leaders Derrick Graham, Cherlynn Stevenson, and Rachel Roberts.

U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said he was saddened to learn of the passing of the former governor.

“Elaine and I were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of former Governor Brereton Jones,” McConnell said. “The people of Kentucky benefited from Governor Jones’ leadership, both when he was in public office and afterward when he dedicated himself to educating Kentuckians about our state’s unique cultural heritage. I know his leadership and public service will continue to serve as an inspiration to us all. We offer our condolences to his wife, Libby, his children, and all of his loved ones.” 

Jones is survived by his wife, Libby, and son and daughter.