The Hon. Jerry Abramson
Council of Mayors
The Hon. Jerry Edwin Abramson is a Member of the Council of Mayors at RIDGE-LANE LP.
Mayor Abramson served as the 55th Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky. In 2014, he was appointed Director of Intergovernmental Affairs in the Obama White House. Mayor Abramson previously served as the Mayor of Louisville for an unprecedented two decades. He was the only three-term mayor of the old city of Louisville and subsequently served two terms as the first mayor of the consolidated city-county of Louisville Metro. He is the first person of Jewish faith to have served as mayor of Louisville
Mayor Abramson's tenure was marked by historic growth and economic progress. He began the unique, nonprofit civic beautification program Operation Brightside, led the $700 million expansion of Louisville International Airport, revitalized the city’s waterfront with the creation of Waterfront Park and expanded the local economy by recruiting the international headquarters for Tricon Global Restaurants (known as Yum! Brands, Inc. today), Presbyterian Church (USA) and UPS Air Hub 2000.
Mayor Abramson's long period of service to Louisville as its mayor, as well as the fact that he has never faced strong opposition in mayoral elections heretofore, has led to the nickname of "mayor for life." Besides serving as a successful mayor in two different forms of government for his hometown, as a young man he worked at Abramson's Grocery on South Preston Street, then owned by his father Roy and founded by his grandparents. He later gained a background in legal practice in the firm Greenebaum Doll & McDonald, PLLC. Before his first run for mayor, Mayor Abramson also served as alderman and general counsel to the governor. He also served as President of the United States Conference of Mayors.