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I-471 to Be Named in Honor of Senator Jim Bunning

Interstate 471 will be designated as the Jim Bunning Memorial Highway on Friday.

Senate Joint Resolution 44, sponsored by State Senator Wil Schroder (R-Wilder) directs the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to make the designation.

Bunning represented Northern Kentucky in the U.S. Congress and the state as a U.S. Senator for two terms.

Prior to that, he served on the Fort Thomas city council and in the Kentucky State Senate.

Bunning is also a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame, a tribute to his career as a pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies in Major League Baseball.

“Jim Bunning once said, ‘I have never cared if I stood alone in Congress, as long as I stood by my beliefs and my values,’” Schroder said.

“Following an outstanding career in Major League Baseball, Senator Bunning stuck to his roots in Congress and led with a steadfast heart,” Schroder said. “The memory of his wisdom and unwavering leadership remains an inspiration to Kentuckians across the Commonwealth.”

Bunning died in 2017.

Representative Joe Fischer (R-Fort Thomas) and Southgate Mayor Jim Hamberg also spoke in support of the renaming of the highway that runs through Bunning's native Campbell County into Cincinnati.

“I can think of no public servant in the Commonwealth more deserving of this recognition than Senator Jim Bunning,” Fischer said. “The dedication of I-471 in Senator Bunning’s name will serve as a fitting remembrance of Jim’s life, legacy, and commitment to his faith, family, and community for generations to come.” 

"Senator Bunning firmly stuck to his beliefs and lived a life of faith and humility,” said Hamberg.

“He never forgot that Southgate was his home. With the support of his community and loved ones, it is fitting that we honor him, on the 55th anniversary of his first no-hitter on Father’s Day 1964, with the naming of I-471 as the Baseball Hall of Famer and U.S. Senator Jim Bunning Memorial Highway." 

The official road naming ceremony will be held on Friday, June 21, at 2:30 p.m., in the Southgate Community Center, 301 West Walnut Street.

-Staff report