Kentucky Senate President David Williams and wife, Robyn, file for divorce

jbrammer@herald-leader.comSeptember 10, 2012 

FRANKFORT — Kentucky Senate President David Williams and his wife, former district court judge Robyn Edmonds Williams, are divorcing.

The divorce suit, filed Monday in Russell Circuit Court by Robyn Williams, said that couple have been separated since July 1 and that irreconcilable differences have arisen between them.

The legal papers show they have worked out an agreement on how to separate marital property and debt. Robyn Williams is to pay for the cost of the divorce and attorney fees.

Both released a statement Monday about their marriage. It was released in an email by David Williams' spokeswoman, Lourdes Baez-Schrader.

David Williams said: "Robyn has decided to take her life in a different direction. I greatly admire her and appreciate the time we have spent together. I wish her only the best in her future endeavors."

Robyn Williams said: "Senator Williams and I have filed papers to terminate our marriage. There are always pressures on relationships, and the rough-and-tumble pressures of the full-time political world, compounded by the immense pressures of a multiyear gubernatorial campaign, brought unique and incessant pressure on our relationship.

"We have, for the sake of ourselves and our families, decided to part ways amicably. I have the greatest respect for David as a man, a husband, a father and a political leader, and I always will.

"As this current chapter in our lives comes to an end, it is with the fondest re assurance that we begin a new chapter marked mutually by a deep and close friendship. We ask all to respect our privacy and that of our children."

Earlier this year, Robyn Williams had said she was considering a run for state attorney general in 2015.

But she said Monday in a telephone interview with the Herald-Leader, "I won't be running for attorney general or anything else in politics."

David Williams ran unsuccessfully last year for governor on the Republican ticket against Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear.

In the race, Robyn Williams' stepfather, Terry Stephens, contributed more than $4 million to help David Williams and his running mate, Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer. Stephens owns Stephens Pipe and Steel in Russell Springs.

David and Robyn Williams married in Cumberland County on July 16, 2003, six months after he was divorced from his first wife, Elaine Webb.

Robyn Williams, 41, has two teen-age children from a previous marriage.

Former Gov. Ernie Fletcher appointed Robyn Williams in October 2004 to a state district court judgeship for Russell, Wayne and Clinton counties. She served until December 2010.

David Williams, 59, R-Burkesville, has been president of the Senate since 2000.

Herald-Leader reporters Beth Musgrave and Bill Estep contributed to this article. Jack Brammer: (502) 227-1198. Twitter: @BGPolitics. Blog: Bluegrasspolitics.bloginky.com

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