Congressmen Andy Barr (R-KY) and John Carney (D-DE) announced the introduction of H.R. 2362, the Medical Debt Relief Act. This bill would require credit reporting agencies to remove medical debt from a credit report within 45 days of the debt being either settled or paid in full. Currently, consumers may have to wait for up to seven years for paid medical debt to be removed from their credit report.Read More
Congressman Andy Barr (KY-6) today announced the formation of the Sixth Congressional District Drug Abuse Task Force in response to the growing drug epidemic in central and eastern Kentucky. Barr announced the task force while hosting a roundtable discussion with White House National Drug Control Policy Director Michael Botticelli, regional leaders, and other stakeholders at the Hope Center in Lexington.Read More
Congressman Andy Barr (R-KY) today announced he will support a bipartisan, bicameral agreement to renew and update Trade Promotion Authority (TPA). The proposal comes as the United States negotiates major trade agreements with Asia and Europe, which could open new markets for Kentucky products and support Kentucky jobs.Read More
Congressman Andy Barr (KY-6) voted in favor of H.R. 1105, the Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015. The death tax was imposed in 1916 as a “temporary” measure to help finance World War I. Nearly a century later, this confiscatory tax threatens family-run businesses and family farms.
“Death and taxes may be certainties of life, but I don’t believe the federal government should continue to tax people after they have passed away,” said Congressman Barr. “The death tax threatens many family-owned Kentucky farms and small businesses, and I’m proud to vote for its repeal.”Read More
Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1259, the Helping Expand Lending Practices (HELP) in Rural Communities Act introduced by Congressman Andy Barr (KY-6). The bill would provide individuals in rural areas the right to petition for the area to be properly reclassified as “rural” and relieve local community banks and credit unions from burdensome regulations that unfairly limit their ability to lend and help create jobs in their communities.Read More
Congressman Andy Barr (KY-6) announced the winners of the 2015 Congressional Art Competition. Brad Praria of Woodford County High School was the overall winner for his piece, “Natural Bridge.” Praria’s work will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol building for one year along with winners from each Congressional district.Read More
Congressman Andy Barr (R-KY) today reintroduced the H.R. 1603, the Military Sexual Assault Victims Empowerment (SAVE) Act. The bill would allow survivors of military sexual trauma to seek specialized care outside of the Veterans Administration health care system.Read More
Congressman Andy Barr (R-KY) was appointed to the Committee on Financial Service’s Bipartisan Task Force to Investigate Terrorism Financing. The task force will be led by Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA) and Congressman Stephen Lynch (D-MA). The goal of the task force is to investigate terrorist financing and examine what, if any, changes are needed to upgrade and improve our nation’s ability to deny terrorists the funding they use to carry out attacks.Read More
Congressman Andy Barr (KY-6) has been recognized with a national senior citizen’s award. The Benjamin Franklin Award recognizes Members of Congress who are working to repeal the death tax.Read More
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: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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