Andy Barr

Andy Barr


Barr Reintroduces Bills to Provide Tax Relief for Kentucky’s Horse Industry


Congressman Andy Barr (KY-6) reintroduced two bills to provide relief and prevent a looming tax increase on Kentucky’s signature horse industry.  H.R. 3671, the Race Horse Cost Recovery Act, would make permanent the three-year depreciation schedule for all race horses which is subject to expire at the end of this year.  H.R. 3672, the Equine Tax Parity Act, would eliminate a 45-year-old tax provision that discourages investment in the equine industry and discriminates against equine assets compared to other assets. 

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Barr Votes to Hold Iranian Leaders Accountable to Victims of Terror


Congressman Andy Barr (KY-6) today voted for H.R. 3457, the Justice for Victims of Iranian Terrorism Act.  The bill holds Iran accountable by requiring them to pay court-ordered compensation to victims of its state-sponsored terrorism before economic sanctions are lifted on the regime as part of the proposed nuclear agreement. 

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Barr Votes Against Spending Bill


Congressman Andy Barr (KY-6) today voted against a short-term funding bill that continues current spending levels without reforms.

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Barr Statement on Speaker Boehner


Congressman Andy Barr (KY-6) issued the following statement:

“Speaker Boehner has been a loyal friend to me and my family.  I am grateful for his leadership, his honesty, his servant's heart, and his patriotic willingness to place the interests of the nation, the Congress and the House Republican Conference over his own.  Today, he has shown the kind of humility, class and selflessness that the Pope called all of us to pursue yesterday.  I wish Speaker Boehner Godspeed and best wishes as he now gets to enjoy his new grandson in a well-earned retirement.”

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Barr Votes to Defund Planned Parenthood


Congressman Andy Barr (KY-6) voted for H.R. 3134, the Defunding Planned Parenthood Act of 2015.  The vote comes in the aftermath of a series of videos that feature senior level Planned Parenthood officials admitting to unethical and potentially illegal procedures.

“The recently revealed videos of Planned Parenthood officials admitting to the barbaric and potentially illegal practice of manipulating abortions to harvest and sell organs and body parts of unborn children should be of great concern to every American,” said Congressman Barr. 

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Andy Barr: Dangerous outcomes likely, even if Iran lives up to nuclear deal


Last month, I traveled to Israel to meet with key leaders in that country, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and learn firsthand what our closest ally in the Middle East thinks about the proposed Iran nuclear deal.

The consensus view from Israelis across the political spectrum is that the deal negotiated by Secretary of State John Kerry and championed by President Barack Obama is a dangerous and historic mistake.

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Barr Votes Against Iran Nuclear Deal


Congressman Andy Barr (KY-6) voted against legislation to approve the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action between the P5+1 countries and Iran, also known as the Iran nuclear agreement.

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Barr Votes to Rein in Federal Overreach


Congressman Andy Barr (KY-6) today voted in favor of H.R. 427, the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act.  Congressman Barr is an original cosponsor of this legislation, which would require any executive branch rule or regulation with an annual economic impact of $100 million or more to be approved by both the House and Senate before being imposed on hardworking families and job-creating businesses.

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Editorial: Welcome anti-doping bill for horse racing


When a Bluegrass Republican teams up with a Democrat who represents Saratoga Springs, it's a good bet they are speaking for those who care most about the future of Thoroughbred racing and breeding. 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:

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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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