Andy Barr

Andy Barr


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 Supports Solutions to the Humanitarian Crisis at Our Border


WASHINGTON – Congressman Andy Barr released the following statement tonight after acting to address the border crisis: "Tonight, the U.S. House of Representatives has passed, with my support, two strong border security bills that would, if enacted, immediately and effectively address the humanitarian and national security crisis that has developed along the southern border of the United States. This crisis, which will result in an estimated 90,000 unaccompanied children entering the United States illegally through the end of this fiscal year, representing a 1,381 percent increase since 2009, was almost entirely caused by the Obama Administration's failure to secure the border, its unwillingness to enforce existing laws and its disastrous 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which invited this surge in illegal immigration.  “The action taken by the House tonight is a serious, bold and thoughtful legislative response to President Obama's failure to secure the border and ensure that the laws are faithfully executed.  I appreciate House leadership for heeding the call that I and many of my colleagues made to stay in session and finish the work of the American people before the start of the August district work period.  I strongly urge the Senate and President Obama to do their jobs, stop trying to score political points, listen to the American people, pass this bill and join the House in solving this very serious problem."   The House passed measures would: Authorize deployment of National Guard to the Southern border Boost Department of Homeland Security border security and enforcement activities, including processing and detention operations Accelerate judicial proceedings, including issuance of removal orders, and additional temporary judges to help address the increase in removal proceedings Strengthen the law prohibiting criminals with serious drug related convictions from applying for asylum Provide temporary shelter, food and humanitarian aid to unaccompanied children pending expedited removal proceedings, including a "last in, first out" policy that prioritizes the removal of minors that most recently arrived Redirect foreign aid to Central American countries to assist in repatriation efforts Amend a 2008 law to require that all unaccompanied minors are treated the same as Mexicans and Canadians for the purpose of expedited deportation and reunification with their families in their home countries Prohibit the Secretary of the Interior or the Secretary of Agriculture from denying or restricting U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) activities on federal land under their respective jurisdictions Express the sense of Congress that the Secretary of Defense should not house unauthorized aliens at military installations unless certain specific conditions are met Prohibit any agency or instrumentality of the federal government from using any funds or resources to administer the DACA program ### Read More

Barr Discusses Negative Impact of the EPA’s Anti-Coal Regulations


On July 30, 2014, Congressman Andy Barr joined members of the Kentucky delegation, including U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, Senator Rand Paul, Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers, and former coal miner and America’s Got Talent star, Jimmy Rose, a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps from Pineville, Kentucky, at a press conference in front of the U.S. Capitol. Barr discussed how all Americans are negatively impacted by the EPA’s disastrous regulatory policies.  Transcript of Congressman Barr’s Remarks:    I want to thank the Republican Leader, the Dean of our delegation chairman Rogers, Senator Paul, my colleagues from West Virginia and Pennsylvania, and all of these members who are members of the Congressional Coal Caucus, for their leadership in defending an industry that literally powers America.   And I especially want to thank Jimmy Rose, a fellow Kentuckian who has put a face on this issue and I want to especially recognize the thousands of Kentucky coal miners and their families who are out of work because of this Administration’s senseless and lacking of commonsense attack and war on coal.   And I want to tell you, I come from a district, yes, 90 percent of Kentucky power comes from coal, but I come from a district that’s not a mining district.  Jimmy is from Eastern Kentucky where the immediate effect of the war on coal was felt by all those 7,000 laid-off coal miners.  But I want to tell you that this impacts districts all around this country that are not mining congressional districts.    It’s about the auto dealer, whose sales are off 50 percent. It’s about the hospital whose bills are going through the roof.  It’s about the security company that had to lay off all its workers.  It about the fertilizer and seed company that can’t get the sales anymore because there’s no reclamation work.  It’s because of the mining equipment manufacturers, it’s about the truckers, it’s about the working men and women of America who are going to see their cost of living go through the roof as a result of this Administration’s senseless policies.  So let me just encourage other Members of Congress who are not with us here today to stand up for American energy, to stand up for the working families of this country and to end this War on Coal.  Thank you very much.   Click here for more pictures fromt he press conference. Read More

Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) Supports Barr’s Military SAVE Act


WASHINGTON – Congressman Andy Barr welcomed the support of Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) who signed on as a cosponsor his legislation, H.R. 3775, the bipartisan Karen Tufts Military Sexual Assault Victims Empowerment Act, or the Military SAVE Act.  As a member of the Military Sexual Assault Prevention Caucus, Congresswoman Sinema has been an advocate for survivors of military sexual assault and ensuring access to care for our veterans.  “This bill is a commonsense solution that ensures survivors of military sexual trauma receive the most compassionate, effective, and timely care possible,” said Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema. "I am glad that Congresswoman Sinema has joined our bipartisan effort to empower survivors of military sexual trauma as a cosponsor of the bipartisan Karen Tufts Military SAVE Act,” said Congressman Barr. “As a fellow member of the Congressional Military Sexual Assault Prevention Caucus, her support will be invaluable to advancing this important legislation.” Sinema is the fourteenth Congressional cosponsor of H.R. 3775, which has also received broad bipartisan support in Kentucky and is endorsed by the National Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS) and the National Military Family Association (NMFA).   Sinema Cosponsors Military Sexual Assault Victims Empowerment Act Washington, DC – Today Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema announced her support and co-sponsorship of the bipartisan Military Sexual Assault Victims Empowerment (SAVE) Act (H.R. 3775). The Military SAVE Act gives survivors of military sexual trauma (MST) the option to seek care from outside medical providers and avoid bureaucratic barriers that often get in the way of survivors seeking care. “This bill is a commonsense solution that ensures survivors of military sexual trauma receive the most compassionate, effective, and timely care possible,” said Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema. Currently, survivors of military sexual trauma must seek healthcare from Veterans Affairs and TRICARE providers unless it is proven that either is unable to care for the survivor, that the survivor lives too far from a VA or TRICARE facility to receive care, or a Department of Defense or VA employee issues a letter of authorization or referral. "I am glad that Congresswoman Sinema has joined our bipartisan effort to empower survivors of military sexual trauma as a cosponsor of the bipartisan Karen Tufts Military SAVE Act,” said Congressman Andy Barr. “As a fellow member of the Congressional Military Sexual Assault Prevention Caucus, her support will be invaluable to advancing this important legislation.” Click here to learn more about the Military SAVE Act. ### Read More

Perlmutter, Barr Pass Bipartisan Effort to Ensure Efficiency Between State and Federal Regulators


WASHINGTON – Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) and Rep. Andy Barr (KY-06) applaud the bipartisan effort to pass H.R. 5062, the Examination and Supervisory Privilege Parity Act of 2014.  The legislation clarifies the sharing of information between federal and state regulators that license, supervise or examine consumer financial products or services, it will not waive or affect any privilege during the examination process.   “Congress showed it can work on a bipartisan basis to pass legislation to harmonize the supervision and examination over companies providing financial products to consumers.  It is an important step in ensuring federal and state regulators work together to better regulate consumer financial products,” said Rep. Perlmutter. "I appreciate the hard work of Rep. Barr on this issue and look forward to continuing to work with him on the Financial Services Committee.” "I appreciate Congressman Perlmutter’s leadership on this issue and am glad we were able to work together on a bipartisan basis to advance this legislation that provides commonsense assurances to consumer lenders,” said Congressman Barr. "This important legislation will help Kentucky’s signature auto manufacturing industry by promoting a healthy car market through better cooperation with regulators.”  H.R. 5062 declares that the sharing of information with such regulators, authorities and agencies will not be construed as waiving, destroying, or otherwise affecting any legal privilege claimed by nondepository entities under federal or state law. The legislation aims to resolve the disparity in 15 states, including Colorado, where businesses are not overseen by regulatory agencies but rather by a separate entity such as the Attorney General’s office. The legislation provides greater assurances to consumer lenders and helps to reduce regulatory burdens by ensuring the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), state banking agencies and nonbank agencies coordinate examination schedules. As the original co-sponsors, Rep. Perlmutter and Rep. Barr played a key role in introducing and advancing the legislation. ### 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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