Mayor Jerry Abramson is the longest serving mayor in the history of Louisville.
Abramson served 3 terms as Mayor of the City of Louisville and is in his second term as Mayor of the new consolidated city of Louisville Metro.
In his first five-and-a-half years as Metro Mayor, Abramson has fundamentally restructured local government, while strengthening public safety, enhancing quality of life and adding vitality to the city's downtown.
In 1993, Abramson was elected to serve as the President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors – the only Louisville Mayor to so serve. And he received the Conference’s Distinguished Public Service Award, which has been given to just 13 others in 50 years.
Born east of downtown Louisville where his father operated a neighborhood grocery, Abramson received a Bachelor of Science/Business Economics degree from Indiana University, and a law degree from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
Abramson served two years in the U.S. Army from 1969-1971, then went on to serve two terms on Louisville’s Board of Aldermen and General Counsel to Kentucky Governor John Y. Brown, while practicing law as a Partner with the Louisville firm of Greenebaum Doll and McDonald LLC.
After he reached the three-term limit as Louisville’s Mayor in 1998, Abramson went back into the practice of law at Frost Brown Todd LLC in Louisville, one of the region’s largest law firms. He also formed The Abramson Group, specializing in urban and regional economic development and business strategies.
In 2000, he was one of the primary leaders of the successful campaign to merge the governments of Louisville and Jefferson County. He won office as the community’s first Metro Mayor in 2002 with nearly 74 percent of the vote.