Andy Barr ran for Congress for a cause – to save America from bankruptcy, restore the American Dream and keep the American people safe and secure. Andy has never stopped fighting for these principles. Now more than ever, it is critical for central and eastern Kentuckians to have a strong, proven, and accountable leader representing them in Congress.
As a conservative, Andy believes that limited government and free enterprise empower the American people with the greatest opportunity to pursue happiness, provide for their families, and give their children a better life.
He has consistently voted to reduce the size and scope of the federal government, to stop the President’s regulatory overreach, and to preserving the rights guaranteed to the people in the Constitution.
Barr knows that the security and defense of the United States is his most important responsibility as a Member of Congress. He has voted to restore American leadership in the world, to improve national security and defense programs, and for reforms which would help prevent terrorist attacks. He is a member of the Task Force to Investigate Terrorist Financing, which is working to deny terrorists the funds they need to plan and carry out attacks.
As a member of the Financial Services Committee, Congressman Barr has been a leader in working to protect community financial institutions and their customers. He is one of the few Members of Congress who has successfully enacted a law that rolls back restrictions imposed by the President’s financial regulatory law which impede the ability of rural Americans to secure loans to buy a home, start a business, or build credit.
Congressman Barr is working to expand economic opportunities for Kentuckians. He has prioritized Kentucky’s signature industries such as horseracing, bourbon distilling, auto manufacturing, and coal. He is the Chairman of the Congressional Horse Caucus and a member of the Bourbon caucus. These industries are unique to the Bluegrass and employ thousands of Kentuckians.
Since first being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012, Andy Barr has set a new standard for service and accessibility to the people of the Sixth District. Through his “Accessibility Initiative” Barr travels extensively throughout the district meeting with local leaders and businesses, participating in local events, and hosting public forums such as Coffee with Your Congressman meetings. Hearing directly from the people he serves allows Andy to better know the challenges and opportunities facing every community in the district.
Andy’s casework staff has helped thousands of Kentuckians resolve problems with federal agencies such as the IRS, Social Security Administration, the VA, and the State Department. And while Andy is voting in Washington, his outreach staff hosts mobile office hours in every Sixth District county at least once a month.
Barr has placed special emphasis in making sure the veterans who have served our nation are given the care and resources they have been promised and have earned. Andy established the Sixth District Veterans Coalition which meets quarterly so that he can hear directly from veterans about the service they receive, problems they may be experiencing, and to get their feedback on legislation related to veterans programs and military affairs. Because of the feedback he received from members of his Veterans Coalition, Congressman Barr fought for reforms at the VA before reports of misconduct were made public.
Andy is also committed to finding solutions to the epidemic of drug addiction which has devastated families across Kentucky. He formed the Sixth District Drug Abuse Task Force made up of professionals in prevention, education, law enforcement,treatment and recovery to tear down the barriers in communication and make recommendations on which the Congressman can act.
Andy is married to Carol Leavell Barr, and they have two daughters. He is a native of Lexington and a 1992 graduate of Henry Clay High School. In 1996, he graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government and Philosophy. In 2001, Barr graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Law.
From 1996 through 1998, Barr entered public service for the first time as a Legislative Assistant to U.S. Congressman Jim Talent. He served as Deputy General Counsel for Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher. Andy spent several years as a practicing attorney, representing individuals and small businesses – many of which he helped to resolve disputes with the government. During his time in the private sector, he also taught constitutional law and administrative law at the University of Kentucky and Morehead State University.