Former U.S. Senator ‘Dee’ Huddleston, Who Lost To McConnell, Dies At 92

Oct 16, 2018

U.S. Senator Walter "Dee" Huddleston has died at the age of 92.

Huddleston was a Democrat who served two terms in the Senate before being unseated by Mitch McConnell in 1984. 

Huddleston never ran for elected office again, but went on to work as a lobbyist in Washington, and later as chairman of a bank in Elizabethtown. 

In a statement, McConnell mourned the death of his former opponent, saying that Huddleston “proudly served Kentucky and our nation.” 

Huddleston was born in Burkesville in Cumberland County. After serving in World War II, he returned to Kentucky and got a degree in Radio Arts from the University of Kentucky on the GI bill.   

He also served Kentucky State Senate from 1965 until 1972 and worked as an owner and manager of radio stations across the state.