Andy Barr

Andy Barr


McConnell, Whitfield, and Barr Meet with Postmaster General


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (KY), joined Representatives Ed Whitfield (KY-01) and Andy Barr (KY-06) today in meeting with Postmaster General Patick Donahoe to discuss important postal issues related the consolidation of the mail processing facilities in Lexington and Paducah, and other pressing concerns the impact of their consolidation will have on Kentucky jobs, and postal service standards. “I am pleased to work with Representatives Whitfield and Barr on this issue on behalf of our constituents,” Senator McConnell said. “I understand the importance of keeping these mail processing facilities open so that local jobs are not jeopardized and that mail deliveries remain timely for Kentucky families and businesses. I am glad I was able to convey what I am hearing from my constituents directly to the Postmaster General, and I am hopeful he will listen to our concerns.”– Senator Mitch McConnell “While I appreciate the Postmaster General’s willingness to discuss our issues to achieve better efficiency for the U.S. Postal Services and his attempt to take responsible actions, concerns still remain about the consolidation’s effect on postal employees in Western Kentucky. I am grateful for the Postmaster General’s time and consideration for our concerns, and his commitment to ensure that postal service standards for Kentuckians will not be diminished by the consolidation of these centers. I also appreciate his commitment to ensure that no one loses their job in Kentucky as a result of this action.” -Representative Ed Whitfield "I appreciate Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe and Deputy Postmaster General Ronald Stroman taking the time to meet with Senator McConnell, Congressman Whitfield and me today to discuss their commitment to fulfilling all assurances made by Postmaster Donahoe during our April 16, 2013 meeting.  During our meeting, I strongly urged them to reconsider their proposal to close additional mail processing and distribution centers in Kentucky.  I appreciate their commitment and will continue to monitor this situation with great interest."– Representative Andy Barr [[{"fid":"596","view_mode":"default","fields":{"format":"default","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"Pictured: Rep. Ed Whitfield, Deputy Postmaster General Ronald Stroman, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe, Sen. Mitch McConnell, and Rep. Andy Barr discussing the issues in Sen. McConnell’s Leadership office","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"Pictured: Rep. Ed Whitfield, Deputy Postmaster General Ronald Stroman, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe, Sen. Mitch McConnell, and Rep. Andy Barr discussing the issues in Sen. McConnell’s Leadership office"},"type":"media","attributes":{"alt":"Pictured: Rep. Ed Whitfield, Deputy Postmaster General Ronald Stroman, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe, Sen. Mitch McConnell, and Rep. Andy Barr discussing the issues in Sen. McConnell’s Leadership office","title":"Pictured: Rep. Ed Whitfield, Deputy Postmaster General Ronald Stroman, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe, Sen. Mitch McConnell, and Rep. Andy Barr discussing the issues in Sen. McConnell’s Leadership office","class":"media-element file-default"}}]] Read More

Barr Stands up for Main Street Businesses, Honored as Guardian of Small Business by NFIB


On September 17, 2014, the National Federation of Independent Business, an advocacy association which gives small-business owners on Main Street a voice in public policy-making, announced that they have named Congressman Barr a "Guardian of Small Business" for his outstanding voting record on behalf of America’s small-business owners in the 113th Congress. Congressman Andy Barr made the following statement upon being recognized: "Receiving this recognition from the NFIB is a tremendous honor as promoting legislation that protects Main Street and enables small business owners to succeed is one of my top priorities. I will continue working on behalf of Kentucky’s small businesses because their success leads to job growth and a stronger economy.” [[{"fid":"594","view_mode":"teaser","fields":{"format":"teaser","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"NFIB President and CEO Dan Danner praised Rep. Barr for “standing up for small business.” ","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"NFIB President and CEO Dan Danner praised Rep. Barr for “standing up for small business.” "},"type":"media","attributes":{"alt":"NFIB President and CEO Dan Danner praised Rep. Barr for “standing up for small business.” ","title":"NFIB President and CEO Dan Danner praised Rep. Barr for “standing up for small business.” ","class":"media-element file-teaser"}}]]   For Immediate Release Contact:  Eric Reller 202-314-2073 or   U.S. Rep. Andy Barr Honored as Guardian of Small Business by NFIB WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 17, 2014 – The National Federation of Independent Business, the nation’s leading small business association, today named U.S. Rep. Andy Barr (KY-6) a Guardian of Small Business for his outstanding voting record on behalf of America’s small-business owners in the 113th Congress. NFIB President and CEO Dan Danner praised Rep. Barr for “standing up for small business.” In presenting the group’s coveted Guardian of Small Business Award, Danner said, “Small-business owners are very politically active – paying close attention to how their lawmakers vote on key business issues and stand by those who stand for them.” “The record shows that Rep. Barr is a true champion of small business, supporting the votes that matter in the 113th Congress,” said Danner. “This award reflects our members’ appreciation for supporting the NFIB pro-growth agenda for small business.” NFIB’s “How Congress Voted,” which serves as a report card for members of Congress, was also unveiled this week. The report presents key small-business votes and voting percentages for each lawmaker. Those voting favorably on key small-business issues at least 70 percent of the time during the 113th Congress are eligible for the Guardian award. In all, NFIB will present Guardian awards to 232 Representatives who stood up for small business. ###   NFIB is the nation’s leading small business advocacy association, with offices in Washington, D.C. and all 50 state capitals. Founded in 1943 to give small-business owners a voice in public policy-making, NFIB’s policy positions are set by its 350,000 business-owner members, who send their views directly to state and federal lawmakers through NFIB’s unique member-only ballot. NFIB’s mission is to promote and protect the right of our members to own, operate and grow their businesses. More information is available online at   Read More

Barr Statement on Anniversary of 9/11 Terrorist Attacks


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Andy Barr issued the following statement commemorating the anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001: "Today across our great nation, we pause to reflect upon the morning thirteen years ago that changed our lives.  We remember the thousands of men and women who lost their lives in New York City, Washington, D.C. and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.  Today, and every day, Carol and I join the families and all who mourn the loss of loved ones, and we honor the brave first responders who rushed into the burning Twin Towers, risking their own lives so that others might live.   Our thoughts and prayers remain with our brave men and women in uniform who continue to sacrifice for our freedom, safety and security." Read More

Barr Supports Bill to Reduce EPA's Burdensome Overreach


Congressman Andy Barr released the following statement today after the House passed H.R. 5078, the Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act of 2014, which prevents overreach by the Environmental Protection Agency, reinforces the Clean Water Act of 1972, and upholds the federal-state partnership to regulate America's waters: "Earlier this year, the Environmental Protection Agency and the US Army Corps of Engineers issued a rule vastly expanding the definition of waters regulated by the Clean Water Act to cover every stream, pond, wetland, and even dry ditches (they could potentially fill with rain water!) across this country. The result of this blatant regulatory overreach would require any private citizen seeking to divert a stream or a pond on their own land, any construction firm building a road, or any farmer irrigating their crops to obtain a complicated permit which could take months or years to acquire, or face tens of thousands of dollars in fines per each they are in violation of this flawed, one-size-fits-all rule. "That’s why I am glad to support today’s House-passage of H.R. 5078, the Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act, which is a commonsense bill to prevent this disastrous rulemaking and require the federal government to consult with and consider the suggestions of our state and local representative before drafting a new rule regulating our nation’s waters." ###   Read More

Congressman Barr Announces New Sixth Congressional District Youth Ambassador Program


LEXINGTON - The Office of Congressman Andy Barr has announced that it is seeking high school juniors and seniors to apply for the new Sixth Congressional District Youth Ambassador Program. “I am excited to announce the creation of the non-partisan Sixth Congressional District Youth Ambassador Program for high school students,” said Congressman Barr. “This educational experience will provide students from central and eastern Kentucky the unique opportunity to learn from leaders from across the Commonwealth while serving as an ambassador for their school.” The program will consist of participation and discussions from some of Kentucky’s top leaders in the areas of government, education, military, business and Congress.  The inaugural meeting will be held on October 11, with a second meeting on December 13, and other potential meetings to be announced at a later date. Each meeting will include a program consisting of a dynamic panel discussion on leadership and the opportunity to engage with panel members in individual breakout sessions, as well as information the Youth Ambassadors can share with their classmates.   The application and additional information is available at Applications are due September 19, 2014. For any additional questions about the application process or program, please contact Congressman Barr’s District Office at (859) 219-1366.   Read More

Barr Tours JENNMAR, Discusses Work to Protect Kentucky Manufacturing and Mining Industries


LEXINGTON – Congressman Andy Barr released the following statement after touring JENNMAR in Winchester:[[{"fid":"547","view_mode":"full","fields":{"format":"full","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":""},"type":"media","attributes":{"style":"float: right;","class":"media-element file-full"}}]] “I am so pleased to have had the opportunity to visit JENNMAR and learn more about their products that make mining, tunneling and civil construction safer and more efficient,” said Congressman Andy Barr. “I was glad to tour their state-of-the-art facility and discuss my work to protect Kentucky’s signature manufacturing and coal mining industries. I was disappointed to learn that the Obama Administration’s anti-coal agenda has prevented JENNMAR from creating even more jobs given the company’s impressive record of safety, quality, and continuous improvement.” Barr continued, “I was glad to share that I have fought to rein in Washington’s ability to impose burdensome taxes and regulations that would increase the cost of doing business for job-creators like JENNMAR, and will continue to support policies that protect our manufacturing and mining industries, promote a healthy economy and spur job creation.” The staff at JENNMAR described how measures Barr supports - including the Energy Security and Affordability Act, the Coal Jobs Protection Act, and the Regulations in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act - would allow JENNMAR to grow and create jobs. “We appreciate Congressman Barr’s support for policies that will preserve Kentucky’s coal industry, our low energy rates and allow the manufacturing industry to grow,” said Bob Wise, Chief Operating Officer.   More information on the policies Barr supports: Barr is an Original Cosponsor of H.R. 3826, the Electricity Security and Affordability Act, which would fight the President’s Climate Action Plan and protect electric utility plants from excessive EPA regulation. Currently, these EPA regulations prohibit the construction of new coal plants and are forecasted to cost hundreds of thousands of jobs, primarily in manufacturing, as skyrocketing electricity costs make American factories less competitive. This legislation requires the EPA to create different NSPS greenhouse gas standards for various fuel types and requires the approval of Congress prior to implementation of greenhouse gas regulations.  Barr is an Original Cosponsor H.R. 1829, the Coal Jobs Protection Act, which would deprive the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of the ability to unduly delay the mine permitting process. The EPA is currently holding up mining permits in the Commonwealth, creating uncertainty and delay in the permitting process and blocking coal mine production, expansion and growth.  The Coal Jobs Protection Act would mandate timely action on permit applications, ensure that the employment and economic impact of federal actions is fully documented and taken into account, restore the appropriate balance between state and federal authority, and prohibit the EPA from regulating by means of guidance or other extra-legal means.  Barr Cosponsored H.R. 367, the Regulations From the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act, which would prevent the Administration from implementing new regulations that would have significant economic impact without Congressional approval.  The REINS Act would restore accountability in the regulatory process that currently raises the cost of doing business, leading to higher prices for Kentucky families, fewer jobs for workers, and weakened American competitiveness.   Read More

Congressman Barr Announces Military Academy Day for Sixth District


LEXINGTON – Congressman Andy Barr announced today that his office will host a Military Academy Day for Sixth District students interested in applying to one of the nation’s service academies.  The event will be held on Saturday, September 13th at the Aviation Museum of Kentucky from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, with registration beginning at 9:30 AM. "Our nation's service academies not only provide a top notch education, they also prepare young men and women for leadership roles in our nation's armed forces," said Congressman Barr. "One of the greatest honors of serving as the Sixth District United States Congressman is the opportunity to nominate students from central and eastern Kentucky to attend these prestigious schools. I encourage all interested students to join me and representatives from each of the service academies for this informative event to learn more about how they can continue their leadership by serving our country in the Armed Forces.” Members of Congress may nominate a limited number of students each year to four of the five service academies. The honor of attending a service academy comes with an obligation and commitment to serve in the military for a minimum of five years upon graduation. This event is free for students and parents interested in learning more about America’s military academies, requirements for admission, and the congressional appointment process. High school and junior high students considering enrolling in a service academy or a career in the military should attend. Pre-registration is not required. Congressman Barr and members of his staff will be joined by representatives from the five service academies, all of whom will be available to help answer questions. For more information on how to apply, please see Frequently Asked Questions for those seeking a Military Academy Nomination at or contact Congressman Barr’s Office at 859-219-1366.  To see pictures from last year's event, please click here.   What: Academy Day 2014 Date: September 13, 2014 Time: 9:30 a.m. Registration, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Program Location: The Aviation Museum of Kentucky (Next to Blue Grass Airport) 4029 Airport Road Lexington, Kentucky   Representatives from the following have been invited: U. S. Naval Academy U. S. Military Academy U. S. Air Force Academy U. S. Merchant Marine Academy U. S. Coast Guard Academy UK Army ROTC UK Air Force ROTC   ### Read More

Barr Visits Local Community Bank, Works as a “Teller for a Day”


LEXINGTON – Congressman Andy Barr took on a new role Friday, August 22, serving as a “Teller for a Day” at the Citizens Guaranty Bank in Berea. “I enjoyed being a ‘Teller for a Day’ and getting a first-hand look at the kind of hard work being done by community bankers here in Berea and across Kentucky,” said Congressman Barr. “Our community banks are a critical resource for Kentuckians looking to responsibly gain access to the credit they need – including credit to purchase a home, pay for higher education, or even invest in their business.” Barr continued, “That is why I introduced a bill that would fix the flawed Dodd-Frank law and give the discretion and judgment back to local community bankers. Folks like those here at Citizens Guaranty Bank are in a much better position to judge their neighbors’ character and creditworthiness than unaccountable Washington bureaucrats.” Barr introduced H.R. 2673, the Portfolio Lending and Mortgage Access Act, which expands the Qualified Mortgage (“QM”) safe harbor to ensure that loans held in portfolio are automatically considered QM and comply with the ability-to-repay requirement in Dodd-Frank.  H.R. 2673 passed out of the House Committee on Financial Services, of which Barr is a member, on May 22, 2014. “This is a commonsense bill, because it recognizes something that is inherent in banking: If a creditor is going to keep a mortgage loan on its balance sheet – thereby, retaining 100% of the risk of default – as a matter of basic logic, they are going to make sure that the borrower has an ability to repay what is owed,” said Barr. “Portfolio lending is the ultimate risk retention because as the lender, we assume the risk of default,” said Kathy Samples, Chief Executive Officer of Citizens Guaranty Bank. “We appreciate Congressman Barr’s work on this important issue and for fighting to protect our ability to responsibly supply credit to our community.” [[{"fid":"544","view_mode":"full","fields":{"format":"full","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":""},"type":"media","attributes":{"class":"media-element file-full"}}]] Read More

Serving Those Who Serve


America’s freedom is only possible because of the sacrifice and bravery of our veterans and servicemen and women. However, recent reports of gross mismanagement and falsified data records at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), coupled with an utter lack of accountability at the agency, denies our heroes the care they have more than earned. This is unconscionable and completely unacceptable. I have been taking preemptive measures to address the VA heath system’s shortcomings and have supported passage of several pieces of legislation that would establish new accountability measures for the VA to help avoid further mistreatment of our veterans.   Last year, I began the Sixth District Veterans Coalition as a proactive way to help find and enact solutions that will help the vets who have so bravely served our country. I have been working with the coalition to gather feedback from veterans across central and eastern Kentucky regarding their care and the service at the Lexington VA.  I also authored and introduced H.R. 3775, the bipartisan Karen Tufts Military Sexual Assault Victims Empowerment Act, or the Military SAVE Act, which would empower survivors of military sexual trauma to select their own care providers and provide the support these brave service members have earned. This bill has been gaining momentum on Capitol Hill and now has 14 cosponsors, including Representative Tulsi Gabbard, a Democrat Congresswoman who is a combat veteran and a strong voice for military sexual trauma survivors, and Representative Kyrsten Sinema, a Democrat from Arizona and fellow member of the Military Sexual Assault Prevention Caucus. I look forward to working with these bipartisan cosponsors to continue growing support so we can advance this important legislation.    To further ensure that all veterans have the opportunity to get the care they need, the House has also taken action. On July 30, the House approved a bipartisan agreement between the House and Senate to expand veterans’ access to health care choices and implement transparency and accountability measures at the VA. H.R. 3230, the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act, includes many of the important provisions I have promoted in the past and will provide our veterans greater flexibility and choices in gaining access to timely health care. This legislation will require the VA to offer an authorization to receive non-VA care to veterans who are unable to secure an appointment at a VA medical facility within 30 days or who reside more than 40 miles from the nearest VA medical facility. I am also pleased that a provision for which I voiced my support was included by the Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs in H.R. 3230. This provision would require an independent assessment of VA medical care and establish a Congressional Commission on Care to evaluate access to care throughout the VA healthcare system.  Building on H.R. 4031, the Department of Veterans Affairs Management Accountability Act – which I supported in May to give the Secretary of Veterans Affairs the authority to remove an employee of the Senior Executive Service if the Secretary determines that the employee’s performance warrants removal – H.R. 3230 authorizes the VA to fire or demote senior executives employees and reduce funding available for their bonuses by $40 million each year through FY 2024. Continuing my efforts to help restore confidence and accountability to the VA, H.R. 3230 would also expand the VA’s internal capacity to provide timely care to veterans by providing $5 billion to the VA to increase access to care through the hiring of physicians and additional medical staff. It also will fund necessary improvements to the VA’s facilities and authorize the leasing of new facilities. Finally, H.R. 3230 would expand upon legislation I supported in February known as H.R. 357, the G.I. Bill Tuition Fairness Act, which ensures that veterans can access the affordable higher education options they deserve. Both these pieces of legislation would require public colleges to provide in-state tuition to veterans and eligible dependents in order for the school to remain eligible to receive G.I. Bill education payments. I am committed to ensuring that our veterans are not subjected to poor and delayed treatment, and will continue to work with my Sixth District Veterans Coalition and the VA in a partnership to promote and enact solutions. I encourage all members of our military community to join and participate in my Sixth Congressional District Veterans Coalition, or to contact my office if we can ever be of assistance.     Read More

Barr Votes to Reform SNAP Program


WASHINGTON, D.C.  – Congressman Andy Barr released the following statement after voting for H.R. 3102, the Nutrition Reform and Work Opportunity Act of 2013, which passed the House by a vote of 217-210: “Today, I voted to restore accountability and much-needed fiscal responsibility to an important federal program that has grown to unsustainable levels.  These commonsense reforms to our food stamp program will achieve nearly $40 billion in savings, while increasing funding for food banks.  The bill will provide a full $725 billion in food assistance to families and children in need over the next ten years.  This legislation is the most compassionate policy because it encourages people who are capable of work to move from dependency to self-sufficiency.”   As passed by the House of Representatives, H.R. 3102 will implement several important reforms to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).   H.R. 3102 would protect the solvency of this important program by:   Reducing waste, fraud, and abuse and increasing oversight over benefit payments.  The legislation increases funding for local food banks, which are in a better position to ensure that nutrition assistance reaches those who truly need it. Ending taxpayer funding for advertising and marketing efforts for SNAP and the automatic enrollment of people who do not need assistance. Restoring the work requirements for able-bodied SNAP recipients without dependents.  Children, those unable to work, and the disabled will not see their benefits affected.  States will maintain the authority to grant waivers to able-bodied individuals who cannot work, due to issues such as mental illness.   These commonsense reforms will save taxpayers $39 billion between 2014 and 2023, a 5 percent reduction from the current Congressional Budget Office forecast of federal spending for SNAP, which totals $764 billion over the next decade.  ### Read More

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Andy Barr took the oath of office as the new United States Representative for Kentucky’s Sixth Congressional District on January 3, 2013. As the Sixth District extends from the Bluegrass Region to the edge of the Cumberland Plateau’s coalfields, Congressman Barr enjoys the distinct honor of representing a geographically diverse region, whose residents work in virtually all of Kentucky’s signature industries.

Congressman Barr has dedicated his tenure in Congress to promoting the dreams and aspirations of his constituents by strengthening Kentucky’s signature coal, manufacturing, equine, bourbon, and agriculture industries, while fighting for policies that unleash the creative capacity of every individual. His immediate priorities involve getting Kentuckians back to work, promoting economic growth, and restoring common sense and fiscal sanity to Washington.

Garland “Andy” Barr was born in Lexington, Kentucky on July 24, 1973; the son of Garland Barr; the founder of a successful accounting practice, and Donna Barr, an Episcopal deacon and hospital chaplain. The second-eldest of three children; he grew up enjoying the blessings of a loving family while witnessing his sister Emily’s struggle to overcome the debilitating effects of Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. Emily’s victory, which culminated in her graduation from seminary and her ordination as a minister – inspired Andy Barr to seek causes larger than him in which to invest his talents and energy.

Congressman Barr graduated from Lexington’s Henry Clay High School in 1992, and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Government and Philosophy from the University of Virginia in 1996, graduating with Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa honors. He served as Legislative Assistant for U.S. Rep. Jim Talent from 1996 until 1998, staffing then-Congressman (and future Senator) Talent’s participation on Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich’s Health Care Reform Task Force. He subsequently returned to Kentucky, earning his law degree from the University of Kentucky in 2001, where he participated on the College of Law’s Moot Court National Team.

In 2004, Congressman Barr joined the administration of newly-elected Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher (who represented the Sixth Congressional District from 1998 until 2003); ultimately rising to the position of Deputy General Counsel to the Governor. Barr returned to his Lexington-based private law practice in 2007.

Congressman Barr is a 2007 graduate of Leadership Lexington, and has served on the Board of Directors of the Friends of the Isaac Murphy Memorial Art Garden and Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky. He is a member of Christ Church Cathedral. He is married to the former Eleanor Carol Leavell of Georgetown, Kentucky; together, they are the proud parents of two daughters.

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