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Andy Barr
Andy Barr.jpg
U.S. House, Kentucky, District 6
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 1
PartyRepublican
PredecessorBen Chandler (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$14.43 in 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolHenry Clay High School
Bachelor'sUniversity of Virginia
J.D.University of Kentucky College of Law
Personal
BirthdayJuly 24, 1973
Place of birthLexington, Kentucky
ProfessionAttorney
Net worth$153,507
ReligionEpiscopalian
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Andy Barr campaign logo
Andy Barr (b. July 24, 1973, in Lexington, Kentucky) 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]

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

He is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If he runs, he will seek the Republican nomination in the primary election. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

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.

Biography

Barr grew up in Lexington, Kentucky, 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. After working 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]

Career

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

2013-2014

Barr serves on the following committees:[6]

Issues

Legislative actions

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[7] For more information pertaining to Barr's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[8]

National security

American response in Syria
See also: United States involvement in Syria

Barr said on September 5, 2013, that he opposes "direct" military intervention in Syria.[9]

"Voting to send troops into harm's way is most solemn vote I can take. The case to take military action has not been made to do that," Barr said in a Twitter post. "It's highly doubtful whether we would achieve any objectives militarily or otherwise that would advance the interests of US."[9]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Barr voted in favor of HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[10]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "No" Barr voted against House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[10]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Barr voted in favor of HR 624 - the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[11] The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.[10]

NDAA

Voted "Yes" Barr voted in support of HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[10]

Economy

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[12] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[13] Barr voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[14]

Voted "No" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funds the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[15] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Barr voted against HR 2775.[16]

Pay during government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013#Government Shutdown and Default Prevention Act

Barr announced that he donated his earnings during the shutdown to "local charities."[17]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Barr voted in favor of House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States. The vote largely followed party lines.[10]

Healthcare

Health Care Reform Rules

Voted "Yes" Barr voted in favor of House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[10]

Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act

Voted "Yes" Barr voted in favor of HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act of 2013. The bill passed through the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 232-185. The bill would prevent the IRS and Treasury Secretary from enforcing the powers provided to them in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The vote largely followed party lines.[10]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Voted "No" Barr voted against House Amendment 413 - Prohibits the National Security Agency from Collecting Records Under the Patriot Act. The amendment failed on July 4, 2013, by a vote of 205-217. The amendment would have prohibited the collection of records by the National Security Agency under the Patriot Act. Both parties were split on the vote.[10]

Previous congressional sessions

Campaign themes

2012


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."[18]

  • 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."[19]

  • 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."[20]

  • 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."[21]

  • 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."[22]

Elections

2014

See also: Kentucky's 6th congressional district elections, 2014

Barr is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If he runs, he will seek the Republican nomination in the primary election. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2012

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.[23] 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.[24] The new deadline was February 7.[25] The primary elections were held on May 22, 2012.[26][27]

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

Endorsements

Barr was endorsed by representative Bill Farmer,[28] Terry E. Forcht, founder and CEO of Forcht Bank and the Forcht Group of Kentucky,[28] Ralph Hacker, president of HMH Broadcasting,[28] representative Mike Harmon,[28]Bob Mayfield, owner of Mayfield Trucking and the chair of the Clark County Republican Party,[28] John Roach, former General Counsel to Governor Ernie Fletcher,[28] business owner and former University of Kentucky basketball player J.P. Blevins,[28] Bob Gable, former Chairman of the Kentucky Republican Party,[28] former U.S. House representatives Stan Cave and Larry Brandstetter,[28] and former representatives Clarence D. Noland, Jr. and Pat Freibert.[28]

Polls

Public Opinion Strategies, June 24-26 2012[29]
Poll Ben Chandler Andy BarrMargin of ErrorSample Size
Kentucky's 6th congressional district
49%42%+/-4.9400
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.[30]

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

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Barr's reports.[31]

Andy Barr (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[32]July 16, 2013$35,754.82$365,747.03$(86,722.85)$314,779.00
July Quarterly[33]July 16, 2013$314,779.00$363,967.84$(99,232.41)$579,514.43
October Quarterly[34]October 13, 2013$579,514.43$307,202.11$(105,491.83)$781,224.71
Year-end[35]January 31, 2014$781,224$278,604$(159,797)$900,032
April Quarterly[36]April 15, 2014$900,032$363,441$(162,856)$1,100,617
July QuarterlyJuly 15, 2014$1,111,509$318,697$(70,274)$1,367,301
Running totals
$1,997,658.98$(684,374.09)

Barr was a top freshman fundraiser in the 113th congress.[37][38]

2012

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.[39] This is more than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[40]

Cost per vote

Barr spent $14.43 per vote received in 2012.


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.[41] [42]

As of July 10, 2012, Barr's campaign raised $392,000 in the second quarter and had $750,000 cash-on-hand.[43]

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.[44]

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Barr is a "centrist Republican follower" as of June 18, 2013.[45]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[46]

Barr most often votes with:

Barr least often votes with:

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 January 2013 to March 2013. This amounts to 0.0%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[47]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, 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.[48]

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.

2012

Information on 2012 vote rating is unavailable.

Voting with party

2013

Andy Barr voted with the Republican Party 97.% of the time, which ranked 53rd among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[49]

Personal

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

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References

  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. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  8. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  9. 9.0 9.1 GOPUSA, "American interests not served by strike against Syria, Rand Paul says," accessed September 9, 2013
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 10.6 10.7 Project Votesmart, "Andy Barr Key Votes," accessed October 14, 2013
  11. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  12. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  13. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  14. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  15. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  16. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  17. Washington Post, "Which lawmakers will refuse their pay during the shutdown?," accessed October 2, 2013
  18. Andy Barr "Economy and Jobs," Accessed: October 12, 2012
  19. Andy Barr "Economy and Jobs," Accessed: October 12, 2012
  20. Andy Barr "Healthcare Reform," Accessed: October 12, 2012
  21. Andy Barr "Veterans," Accessed: October 12, 2012
  22. Andy Barr "Spending and Debt.," Accessed: October 12, 2012
  23. WLKY "Election Results" Accessed May 22, 2012
  24. Courier Press "Judge to rule by Tuesday on Kentucky legislative filing deadline," January 30, 2012
  25. Kentucky.com "Lawmakers move to postpone congressional deadline," January 27, 2012
  26. Kentucky Secretary of State "2012 Primary Results"
  27. Politico "2012 Election Map"
  28. 28.0 28.1 28.2 28.3 28.4 28.5 28.6 28.7 28.8 28.9 Andy Barr for Congress "Endorsements" Accessed April 13, 2012
  29. My Channel 2 "Barr down by five points to Chandler in new internal poll" Accessed July 11, 2012
  30. Open Secrets "Andy Barr" Accessed April 7, 2013
  31. Federal Election Commission "Andy Barr 2014 Summary reports," Accessed October 28, 2013
  32. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly" accessed July 25, 2013
  33. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly" accessed July 25, 2013
  34. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  35. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 17, 2014
  36. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  37. Boston Globe "For freshman in Congress, focus is on raising money" Accessed May 13, 2013
  38. Boston Globe "For freshman in Congress, focus is on raising money" Accessed May 13, 2013
  39. Open Secrets "Andy Barr 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 20, 2013
  40. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  41. Sunlight Foundation "Four House races where outside money may have pushed the needle" November 7, 2012
  42. http://www.nvsos.gov/SilverState2012pri/congressional.aspx#AllRace1011
  43. 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
  44. Daily Kos "Third quarter House fundraising: who's got the cash?" October 18, 2012
  45. Gov Track "Andy Barr," Accessed June 18, 2013
  46. OpenCongress, "Rep. Andy Barr," Accessed August 2, 2013
  47. GovTrack, "Andy Barr," Accessed April 1, 2013
  48. OpenSecrets.org, "Barr (R-KY), 2011"
  49. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
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