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Wendell Ford, Democratic Kentucky governor and longtime U.S. senator, dies
Wendell Ford, Democratic Kentucky governor and longtime U.S. senator, dies

Wendell H. Ford, a former Kentucky governor and longtime Democratic U.S. senator, died Thursday at his Kentucky home. He was 90.  Ford had publicly acknowledged last year that he was battling lung cancer, and his family and state officials confirmed his death.  "Wendell Ford first came to the Senate in the 1970s, calling himself just ‘a dumb country boy with dirt between his toes,'" Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said on the Senate floor. "But, over a distinguished two-decade career, this workhorse of the Senate would prove he was anything but. I had the opportunity to watch my Senate colleague up close as he ascended to leadership...

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