McConnell praises Kentucky Republican congressman who died this week at 88

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) remarked on a sad development this week following the death of former Kentucky Republican Rep. Larry J. Hopkins.

According to WKYT, the long-serving Republican congressman passed away early Tuesday morning at the age of 88.

“Larry was devoted to his wife, Carolyn, his daughters, Shae and Tara, and his son, Josh,” McConnell said Hopkins. “I know Larry took great pride in the successful careers of his children.”

Hopkins’s children

Hopkins’ son is Hollywood actor Josh Hopkins, who has starred in such films as GI Jane, The Perfect Storm, and Only The Brave.

Meanwhile, late congressman’s daughter, Shae, serves as executive director and chief executive officer of Kentucky Educational Television (KET). According to her official biography, she has served at KET for over three decades.

High praise

Also speaking out in the wake of Hopkins’ death was Rep. Andy Barr (R-KY), who hailed the late congressman as “a legend in Kentucky politics and a force for the Commonwealth in the House of Representatives.”

“Serving for over a decade in the seat I now hold, Larry rose to being the top Republican on the House Armed Services Committee,” Barr recalled.

Barr described Hopkins as a prominent House figure who “was beloved by both sides of the aisle, and his humor was famous with constituents and colleagues.”

“On a personal note, Larry was a great friend and mentor to me during and before my time in Congress,” Barr said. “I will miss him, and I join all Kentuckians in praying for his family, friends and the community that he loved so much.”

Impressive career

Hopkins was initially elected to represent Kentucky’s Sixth Congressional District in 1978, and he continued to hold that office until 1993.

The Lexington Herald Ledger noted that Hopkins’ 1978 victory marked the first time that a Republican had held the seat since the Civil War.

In addition to serving in Congress, WKYT reported that Hopkins also sought the Republican nomination for Kentucky’s governorship in 1991 but ultimately lost to his opponent at the time, Brereton Jones. He went on to endorse Democratic incumbent Steve Beshear for reelection.

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