Joe Wright, leader in legislative independence movement, dies at 82 | Local News

Former state Sen. Joe Wright, a leader in the Kentucky General Assembly’s fight to become independent from the control of the governor more than four decades ago, died Saturday at Louisville’s Baptist East Hospital. He was 82.

Joseph “Joe” Richard Wright of Breckinridge County served in the state Senate from 1976 to 1992. From 1981 to 1992, he was the majority floor leader for the Democratic Party.