Jerry Edwin Abramson (born September 12, 1946) is an American Democratic politician who was the 55th Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky.On November 6, 2014, Governor Steve Beshear announced that Abramson would step down from his position as Lieutenant Governor to accept the job of Director of Intergovernmental Affairs in the Obama White House. He was replaced by former State Auditor Crit Luallen.
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 (1986-1999) and subsequently served two terms as the first mayor of the consolidated city-county of Louisville Metro (2003-2011).
Abramson’s long period of service to Louisville as its mayor, as well as the weak opposition he faced in mayoral elections, led to the local nickname of “mayor for life”, a title frequently used by Louisville’s own popular radio personality Terry Meiners. Abramson’s popularity resulted in Bluegrass Poll approval ratings ranging from a 91 percent high in 1990 to a 73 percent low in 1994.
From 1993 to 1994, he was President of the United States Conference of Mayors. He was a member of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns Coalition,an organization formed in 2006 and co-chaired by New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg and Boston mayor Thomas Menino.