Walter “Dee” Huddleston, who served two terms as U.S. Senator for Kentucky in the 1970’s and 80’s, died Tuesday at the age of 92.
The Democrat from Elizabethtown served in the state Senate from 1965 until he won election to the U.S. Senate in 1972. He lost a spirited campaign in 1984 to then Jefferson County Judge-Executive Mitch McConnell, who has now represented Kentucky in the Senate longer than anyone in the history of the Commonwealth.
Huddleston made a stop in Hopkinsville during that 1984 campaign and talked about the importance of representing Kentucky’s agriculture interests in Washington.
Ag. Commissioner Ryan Quarles was among those extending condolences to the Huddleston family saying, “From the battle lines of World War II to the halls of the United States Senate, this son of Cumberland County humbly served his nation. During his tenure in the world’s greatest deliberative body, he advocated fiercely for the interests of the Kentucky farmer. I hope his family and friends rejoice in remembering a life well-lived.”