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Rep. Yarmuth Statement on the Passing of Senator Marlow Cook

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-3) issued the following statement on the passing of former Kentucky Senator Marlow Cook. Yarmuth served as an intern for Cook in the summers of 1965 and 1966 during his time as Jefferson County Judge-Executive, as an aide during his 1968 Senate campaign, and as his Legislative Assistant and Legislative Director in the United States Senate from 1971-1974. Yarmuth’s statement is below:

“Marlow Cook may forever be remembered by Louisvillians as the Jefferson County Executive who purchased the Belle of Louisville, but I remember him not only as my first boss, but also as someone who directly and significantly shaped my life and the lives of so many in public life.

“When I was a member of his U.S. Senate staff, he taught me the importance of hiring talented staff and relying heavily on them. More importantly, his staff became part of his family, and he treated me as another son until the end of his life. Other ‘alumni’ of his staff included Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, former U.S. Attorney David Huber, and the late U.S. District Judge Ron Meredith.

“As a Republican candidate for reelection in 1974, Cook courageously suggested the resignation of Republican President Richard Nixon over the Watergate affair, becoming just the second member of Congress to do so.  He challenged the Nixon administration when he thought it was justified and supported it when he felt it was deserved, but he steadfastly and resolutely defended the interests of Kentucky regardless of partisan considerations.

“Senator Cook was someone who always worked across the aisle, and he was great friends with Democrats Joe Biden, Fritz Hollings, and his Kentucky colleague Dee Huddleston, among others, including Wendell Ford, who defeated him in 1974. He was regularly voted one of the nicest members of the Senate by staffers of all offices.

“Although he has been gone from Kentucky for a long time, he never lost his enthusiasm for the University of Louisville and its sports teams. He also maintained his interest in politics and public policy as long as he lived.

“I will always cherish my relationship with Marlow Cook, and will be forever grateful for his guidance, his friendship, and his love.”