Few politicians have contributed as much to Hamilton Co. as Claude Ramsey

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – Longtime former county mayor Claude Ramsey has died.

It was confirmed by family members to county officials that he died early today.

Claude Ramsey served in the Tennessee General assembly in 1972 and as property assessor before serving 16 years as Hamilton county mayor.

Ramsey and City mayor Ron Littlefield were credited with bringing Volkswagen to Chattanooga in 2008.

Ramsey later resigned in 2011 to become Deputy Governor of Tennessee under Bill Haslam.

He retired from active service in 2013 after three years in Nashville.

We will miss his wisdom, insight, kindness, humor and most of all friendship.

Many politicians today are paying tribute.

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke

“Claude Ramsey made economic development and education our priorities and put practicality over partisanship. Even as they mourn him, I know his family will be proud of his legacy.”


U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on the passing of former Hamilton County Mayor and Deputy Governor Claude Ramsey.

“Dedicated, prudent, humble, and wise. These are the leadership qualities with which Claude Ramsey led our county,” said Corker. “When I was elected mayor of Chattanooga, I had the privilege of becoming his partner, particularly as it related to economic development. During that time, I especially loved our early morning phone calls to discuss how to execute our community’s shared vision. I spoke with him again by phone last Thursday and shared with him not only what an honor it was to work with him over the years but also how grateful I have been to call him a true friend. My heart goes out to Jan and the entire Ramsey family during this difficult time.”


— Congressman Chuck Fleischmann (TN-03) issued the following statement on the passing of Claude Ramsey:

“I am deeply saddened by the loss of my friend and mentor Claude Ramsey. Across the state, Claude was known as a true civil servant beginning his career in 1972 when he was elected to the Tennessee General Assembly, to his incredible service to Tennessee’s Third District as mayor of Hamilton County among other roles, and statewide as deputy to the governor. Claude was instrumental in the promotion of business in Tennessee using his expertise to form local, state, and federal partnerships that will continue to benefit our great state for years to come. It was an honor and a pleasure to know Claude Ramsey, and there is no doubt that he will be missed dearly by many. I send my condolences to his family and friends during this difficult time.”


Alexander Statement on the Passing of Claude Ramsey

WASHINGTON, June 18, 2018 – United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on the passing of former Hamilton County mayor and Deputy Governor Claude Ramsey:

“Claude Ramsey’s vision and leadership were crucial to bringing Volkswagen to Chattanooga. His strong character and sense of purpose served as a model for the rest of us in public life. Honey and I send to Jan and to their family our sympathy and respect for a life well lived.”


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