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Jim Bunning, candidate for governor, 1983

Posted on May 31, 2017 | in Uncategorized | by

Former Hall of Fame baseball player Jim Bunning, then a Kentucky senator, talked with reporters outside his headquarters in Bowling Green, while campaigning on Sept. 28, 1983. The bus in the background was the team bus of the Southern Kentucky Runnin’ Rebels, a Connie Mack League baseball team whose general manager supported Bunning. Bunning and his running mate, Eugene P. Stuart, lost the general election to Democrat Martha Layne Collins. Bunning was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Kentucky’s 4th Congressional District, and he served in the House from 1987 to 1999. He was elected to the U.S. Senate from Kentucky in 1998 and served two terms as the Republican junior U.S. Senator. In July 2009, he announced that he wouldn’t run for re-election in 2010. Bunning died May 26, 2017, at age 85. Photo by David Perry | Staff

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