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Former Kentucky Lawmaker Passes Away After Battle With COVID-19

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A former Kentucky state representative has died after being hospitalized for COVID-19.

Democrat Brent Yonts, who represented a Western Kentucky district for nearly two decades, is said to have received a full course of a COVID-19 vaccine. But media reports say the lawmaker and Greenville attorney still contracted the virus.

A Facebook post from his daughter indicated Yonts received treatment for two weeks, including in intensive care, eventually being placed on a ventilator on Sunday.

Yonts was known for his work on business-related bills. Speaking about the legislature at a Kentucky Chamber meeting in 2016, the policymaker said, "You've got 138 cats in the General Assembly and you can't herd them very well sometimes."

In a statement, Gov. Andy Beshear said Yonts “worked to better the lives of Kentuckians across the commonwealth.”

Yonts passed away early Friday. He was 72.

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