Politics & Government

Mark Farrow, former state representative and ag official, dies

Scott County Democratic Party Chairman Bobby McDowell, left, presented Mark Farrow with a plaque naming the former state representative to the local party’s Hall of Fame in May 2015.
Scott County Democratic Party Chairman Bobby McDowell, left, presented Mark Farrow with a plaque naming the former state representative to the local party’s Hall of Fame in May 2015. Courtesy of Bobby McDowell

Mark Farrow, a former state representative and a former attorney and deputy commissioner in the state agriculture department, died Wednesday after a long illness. He was 69.

Farrow served multiple terms in the state House, where he represented Scott County and part of Harrison County from 1980 to 1996.

Farrow did not seek re-election in 1996 in order to become general counsel under state Agriculture Commissioner Billy Ray Smith of Bowling Green. The two had served together in the state House. Farrow was later deputy commissioner under Smith.

“Mark was a tenacious type fellow,” Smith, 72, said Thursday. “He was like a bulldog when he grabbed hold of something. He had that lawyer instinct in him. He was rural-oriented. He was very committed and dedicated and hard-working. He was a good employee for me.”

Farrow was also chief of staff for Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer. Farrow retired from the agriculture department in 2008, leaving before scandal mired Farmer’s administration.

Bobby McDowell, Scott County Democratic Party chairman, said he often went out to eat with Farrow and his wife, Judy.

“Mark was a good friend,” McDowell said. “He’ll basically be remembered as an attorney who was friendly, open and accessible. He was a people person.”

Tucker-Yocum & Wilson Funeral Home in Georgetown is handling arrangements.

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