Thursday, February 4, 2016

Former Kentucky Senator Marlow Cook dies at 89

(AP) — Former Kentucky Sen. Marlow Cook, who served in Washington during Richard Nixon's presidency, has died. He was 89.

Cook, who also held local office in Louisville in the 1960s, died Thursday morning in his hometown of Sarasota, Florida. His daughter, Caroline Ely, says Cook suffered a heart attack last week.

Cook was the first Catholic to win a major statewide office in Kentucky when he was elected to the Senate in 1968. He presided over Nixon's inauguration for his second term in 1973.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican, and U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, a Louisville Democrat, each worked for Cook during his time in the Senate.

Cook retired to Florida about two decades ago but continued to occasionally weigh in on political matters.