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Andy Barr
Andy Barr.jpg
U.S. House, Kentucky, District 6
In office
January 3, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 2
PredecessorBen Chandler (D)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
High schoolHenry Clay High School
Bachelor'sUniversity of Virginia
J.D.University of Kentucky College of Law
Date of birthJuly 24, 1973
Place of birthLexington, Kentucky
Net worth$153,507
Office website
Campaign website
Andy Barr campaign logo
Andy Barr is a 2012 Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing Kentucky's 6th congressional district. Barr was first elected to the House in 2012.

Barr won election in 2012. He defeated Patrick J. Kelly II and Curtis Kenimer in the Republican primary.[1] He defeated incumbent Ben Chandler (D) in the November 6, 2012 general election.[2]

Barr is a top fundraiser among the 71 freshmen members of the 113th Congress.[3]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Barr is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.


Barr grew up in Lexington but went to the University of Virginia to obtain his undergraduate degree. He majored in government and philosophy. He then worked as a legislative assistant for then-Representative Jim Talent from Missouri. Afterworking as an assistant he went back to Lexington where he went to the University of Kentucky and earned his law degree and has been practicing law since. He has also taught constitutional and administrative law part time at Morehead State University. He briefly worked as the deputy general counsel to former Kentucky Gov. Ernie Fletcher. Barr had ran for an elected office in 2010, but lost.[4]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Barr's academic, professional and political career:[5]

  • 2008-2012: Practicing Lawyer
  • 2004-2007: Attorney, Kentucky governor’s office
  • 1996-1998: Legislative Assistant to U.S. Congressman Jim Talent (R-MO)
  • 1999-2001: University of Kentucky, earned a J.D.
  • 1992-1996: University of Virginia, earned a B.A.

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Barr serves on the following committees:[6]


Campaign themes


Andy Barr, "Deserve Better" Camapgin Ad from October 2012

The following issues are outlined on Barr's campaign website.

  • Economy and Jobs

Excerpt: "The first step in getting Americans back to work would be to abandon the tax increases in Obamacare, defeat proposals to increase taxes on capital gains and dividends and prevent existing tax relief from expiring at the end of this calendar year."[7]

  • Tax Relief

Excerpt: "Those in Congress who give lip service to fiscal responsibility by insisting on raising taxes now and cutting spending later are part of the problem. Increasing taxes is a poor deficit-reduction strategy since higher taxes kill jobs and we need more taxpayers, not less, to bring revenues back to their historic level of 18 percent of gross domestic product."[8]

  • Health Care Reform

Excerpt: "Congress should have never rammed through this 2,700-page monstrosity [ObamaCare] in the dead of night when most members of Congress had not even had a chance to read it. As Ben Chandler’s choice for Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, infamously said, '[w]e have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.' But as flawed as the process was in enacting ObamaCare, the substance is even worse."[9]

  • Agenda for Veterans

Excerpt: "We must never forget their service and sacrifice. So as the next Congressman for Kentucky’s Sixth Congressional District, I pledge to establish a working veterans task force to serve as a liaison between the congressional office and the broader veterans community and to work on the following priorities for central Kentucky’s many veterans and their families."[10]

  • Spending and Debt

Excerpt: "I will support a pro-growth strategy of tax reform, reigning in burdensome regulations, unleashing America’s energy potential and repealing Obamacare, because creating jobs, decreasing unemployment and increasing the number of productive taxpayers is the most effective way to balance the budget."[11]



See also: Kentucky's 6th congressional district elections, 2012

Barr won election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Kentucky's 6th District. Barr defeated Patrick J. Kelly II and Curtis Kenimer in the Republican primary.[12] He then defeated incumbent Ben Chandler in the November 6, 2012 general election.

Candidates wishing to run were initially required to file by the signature filing deadline of January 31, 2012. However because the legislature was unable to complete new redistricting maps on time, the deadline was pushed back one week.[13] The new deadline was February 7.[14] The primary elections were held on May 22, 2012.[15][16]

U.S. House, Kentucky District 6 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngAndy Barr 50.6% 153,222
     Democratic Ben Chandler Incumbent 46.7% 141,438
     Independent Randolph Vance 2.8% 8,340
Total Votes 303,000
Source: Kentucky Board of Elections "2012 General Election Official Vote Totals"
U.S. House, Kentucky District 6 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngAndy Barr 82.8% 20,104
Curtis Kenimer 5.6% 1,354
Patrick J. Kelly II 11.6% 2,823
Total Votes 24,281


Barr was endorsed by representative Bill Farmer,[17] Terry E. Forcht, founder and CEO of Forcht Bank and the Forcht Group of Kentucky,[17] Ralph Hacker, president of HMH Broadcasting,[17] representative Mike Harmon,[17]Bob Mayfield, owner of Mayfield Trucking and the chair of the Clark County Republican Party,[17] John Roach, former General Counsel to Governor Ernie Fletcher,[17] business owner and former University of Kentucky basketball player J.P. Blevins,[17] Bob Gable, former Chairman of the Kentucky Republican Party,[17] former U.S. House representatives Stan Cave and Larry Brandstetter,[17] and former representatives Clarence D. Noland, Jr. and Pat Freibert.[17]


Public Opinion Strategies, June 24-26 2012[18]
Poll Ben Chandler Andy BarrMargin of ErrorSample Size
Kentucky's 6th congressional district
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Barr is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Barr raised a total of $2,221,935 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 7, 2013.[19]

Andy Barr's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Kentucky, District 6) Won $2,221,935
Grand Total Raised $2,221,935


Barr was a top freshman fundraiser in the 113th congress as a member of the National Republican Campaign Committee's Patriot program.[20][21]


Breakdown of the source of Barr's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Barr won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Barr's campaign committee raised a total of $2,221,935 and spent $2,211,676.[22]

After the election, the Sunlight Foundation listed four races where outside spending likely pushed the winner over the top. Barr was listed as one of the four, spurred on by more than $1 million in spending by independent groups, including the Americans for Tax Reform and the National Republican Campaign Committee.[23] [24]

As of July 10, 2012 Barr's campaign raised $392,000 in the second quarter and had $750,000 cash-on-hand.[25]

On October 15, 2012, quarterly reports were submitted by campaigns to the Federal Election Commission. The political blog Daily Kos did an analysis of the fundraising figures and found Republican challenger Andy Barr outraised Democratic incumbent Ben Chandler in the third quarter. Barr raised $804,000 to Chandler's $504,000.[26]

Recent news

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Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Barr missed 0 of 89 roll call votes from Jan 2013 to Mar 2013. This amounts to 0.0%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[27]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Barr's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between -$108,985 and $415,999. That averages to $153,507, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2011 of $7,859,232.[28]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings


Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Information on 2012 vote rating is unavailable.


Barr and his wife, the former Eleanor Carol Leavell of Georgetown, Kentucky, have one daughter.[4]

External links

Suggest a link


  1. WLKY "Election Results" Accessed May 22, 2012
  2. Lexington Herald-Leader "Andy Barr ousts Ben Chandler in Kentucky's 6th Congressional District," November 6, 2012
  3. Boston Globe "For freshman in Congress, focus is on raising money" Accessed May 13, 2013
  4. 4.0 4.1 Andy Barr for Congress "About Us" Accessed January 23, 2012
  5. National Journal, "Kentucky, 6th House District," November 6, 2012
  6. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  7. Andy Barr "Economy and Jobs," Accessed: October 12, 2012
  8. Andy Barr "Economy and Jobs," Accessed: October 12, 2012
  9. Andy Barr "Healthcare Reform," Accessed: October 12, 2012
  10. Andy Barr "Veterans," Accessed: October 12, 2012
  11. Andy Barr "Spending and Debt.," Accessed: October 12, 2012
  12. WLKY "Election Results" Accessed May 22, 2012
  13. Courier Press "Judge to rule by Tuesday on Kentucky legislative filing deadline," January 30, 2012
  14. Kentucky.com "Lawmakers move to postpone congressional deadline," January 27, 2012
  15. Kentucky Secretary of State "2012 Primary Results"
  16. Politico "2012 Election Map"
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 17.3 17.4 17.5 17.6 17.7 17.8 17.9 Andy Barr for Congress "Endorsements" Accessed April 13, 2012
  18. My Channel 2 "Barr down by five points to Chandler in new internal poll" Accessed July 11, 2012
  19. Open Secrets "Andy Barr" Accessed April 7, 2013
  20. Boston Globe "For freshman in Congress, focus is on raising money" Accessed May 13, 2013
  21. Boston Globe "For freshman in Congress, focus is on raising money" Accessed May 13, 2013
  22. Open Secrets "Andy Barr 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 20, 2013
  23. Sunlight Foundation "Four House races where outside money may have pushed the needle" November 7, 2012
  24. http://www.nvsos.gov/SilverState2012pri/congressional.aspx#AllRace1011
  25. My Channel 2 "Barr campaign breaks 1 Million raised; rakes in almost $400k in 2nd quarter keeping pace with Chandler campaign" Accessed July 11, 2012
  26. Daily Kos "Third quarter House fundraising: who's got the cash?" October 18, 2012
  27. GovTrack, "Andy Barr," Accessed April 1, 2013
  28. OpenSecrets.org, "Barr (R-KY), 2011"
Political offices
Preceded by
Ben Chandler (D)
U.S. House of Representatives - Kentucky, District 6
Succeeded by