State Senator Roy Herron (D-TN) was involved in a serious jet ski accident on July 1, resulting in severe injuries. Sadly, one week later, the former chair of the Tennessee Democratic Party passed away. His colleagues and family are now reflecting on his well-lived life.
Herron passed away on July 9 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. The ex-state senator suffered injuries to one of his arms, internal bleeding, and a fractured pelvis when the jet ski he was riding collided with another jet ski on Kentucky Lake. Initially, his family had informed local news that he was recovering, but unfortunately, his condition took a turn for the worse.
US Representative Steve Cohen (D-TN) claimed that the accident which claimed the life of his former colleague was a result of someone else’s negligence. He further expressed that Herron was a bright, diligent, and honest individual.
Saddened by the death of former colleague in Tennessee General Assembly, Roy Herron.Roy succumbed to injuries from jet ski accident last weekend apparently caused by negligence of another.— Steve Cohen (@RepCohen) July 9, 2023
He was bright,diligent, and honest. A politician destined for greatness but Tn. changed.
After completing his undergraduate studies at the University of Tennessee, Herron went on to earn a law degree from Vanderbilt University. In 1986, he was elected to the General Assembly by the people of Tennessee, marking his first foray into public office. A decade later, he secured a seat in the state Senate, where he steadily advanced in rank and eventually became the Senate Democratic Caucus chairman. Herron remained in the state Senate until 2012 and subsequently assumed the position of chair of the state party from 2013 to 2015.
Saddened to hear of the passing of my former Tennessee State Senate colleague, Roy Herron.— Sen. Marsha Blackburn (@MarshaBlackburn) July 9, 2023
May his friends and family find peace and healing during this difficult time.
According to attorney Tom Lee, a close friend of Herron, the former legislator possessed exceptional qualities that set him apart from others in their generation. Lee described Herron as someone who woke up early, ran extensively, worked long hours, and spoke eloquently. Ripley Mayor Craig Fitzhugh expressed his deep sorrow over the loss of his dear friend, emphasizing Herron’s dedication to passing legislation that benefited the people of Tennessee throughout his extensive political career.
Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) extended her condolences to Herron’s family, recognizing the former lawmaker’s contributions.
Herron leaves behind a loving family, including his wife, Nancy Carol, three sons, a brother, and numerous other relatives.