Andy Barr

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Andy Barr
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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$346,012
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 general election on November 6, 2012.[2]

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

He ran for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on May 20, 2014.[4] The general election took 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.


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.[5]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Barr's academic, professional and political career:[6]

  • 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:[7][8]


Legislative actions

113th Congress


The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 114 out of the 3,036 introduced bills (3.8 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session.[9] For more information pertaining to Barr's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[10]

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.[11]

"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."[11]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Barr voted in favor of HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[12]

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.[12]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Barr voted in favor of HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). 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.[13] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[12]


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.[12]


Farm bill

Yea3.png On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill.[14] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[15][16] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[16] Barr voted with 161 other Republican representatives in favor of the bill.

2014 Budget

Yea3.png On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[17][18] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582-page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[18] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[19] It increased the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel by 1 percent, increased Head Start funding for early childhood education by $1 billion, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency, and protected the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Barr voted with the majority of the Republican party in favor of the bill.[17]

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.[20] 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.[21] Barr voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[22]

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 funded 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.[23] 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.[24]

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."[25]


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.[12]


Healthcare 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.[12]

Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act

Voted "Yes" Barr voted in favor of HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare 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.[12]

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.[12]

Previous congressional sessions

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."[26]

  • 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."[27]

  • Healthcare 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."[28]

  • 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."[29]

  • 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."[30]



See also: Kentucky's 6th Congressional District elections, 2014

Barr ran for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on May 20, 2014.[4] The general election took place November 4, 2014.


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.[31] He then defeated incumbent Ben Chandler in the general election on November 6, 2012.

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.[32] The new deadline was February 7.[33] The primary elections were held on May 22, 2012.[34][35]

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,[36] Terry E. Forcht, founder and CEO of Forcht Bank and the Forcht Group of Kentucky,[36] Ralph Hacker, president of HMH Broadcasting,[36] representative Mike Harmon,[36]Bob Mayfield, owner of Mayfield Trucking and the chair of the Clark County Republican Party,[36] John Roach, former General Counsel to Governor Ernie Fletcher,[36] business owner and former University of Kentucky basketball player J.P. Blevins,[36] Bob Gable, former Chairman of the Kentucky Republican Party,[36] former U.S. House representatives Stan Cave and Larry Brandstetter,[36] and former representatives Clarence D. Noland, Jr. and Pat Freibert.[36]


Public Opinion Strategies, June 24-26 2012[37]
Poll Ben Chandler Andy BarrMargin of ErrorSample Size
Kentucky's 6th Congressional District
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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.[38]

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


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.[39]

Barr was a top freshman fundraiser in the 113th congress.[45][46]


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.[47] This is more than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[48]

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.[49][50]

As of July 10, 2012, Barr's campaign raised $392,000 in the second quarter and had $750,000 cash-on-hand.[51]

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.[52]


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.[53]

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.[54]

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.[55]

Net worth

See also: Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, Barr's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $132,024 and $560,000. That averages to $346,012, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2012 of $6,956,438.47. Barr ranked as the 308th most wealthy representative in 2012.[56]

Andy Barr Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

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.

Voting with party


Andy Barr voted with the Republican Party 97.% of the time, which ranked 53rd among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[57]


Barr and his wife, the former Eleanor Carol Leavell of Georgetown, Kentucky, have one daughter.[5]

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  2. Lexington Herald-Leader, "Andy Barr ousts Ben Chandler in Kentucky's 6th Congressional District," accessed November 6, 2012
  3. Boston Globe, "For freshman in Congress, focus is on raising money," accessed May 13, 2013
  4. 4.0 4.1 Associated Press, "Primary election results," accessed May 20, 2014
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  20. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  21. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  22. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  23. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  24. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
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  26. Andy Barr, "Economy and Jobs," accessed October 12, 2012
  27. Andy Barr, "Economy and Jobs," accessed October 12, 2012
  28. Andy Barr, "Healthcare Reform," accessed October 12, 2012
  29. Andy Barr, "Veterans," accessed October 12, 2012
  30. Andy Barrm "Spending and Debt," accessed October 12, 2012
  31. WLKY, "Election Results," accessed May 22, 2012
  32. Courier Press, "Judge to rule by Tuesday on Kentucky legislative filing deadline," accessed January 30, 2012
  33., "Lawmakers move to postpone congressional deadline," accessed January 27, 2012
  34. Kentucky Secretary of State, "2012 Primary Results"
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  40. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed July 25, 2013
  41. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed July 25, 2013
  42. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  43. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 17, 2014
  44. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  45. Boston Globe, "For freshman in Congress, focus is on raising money" accessed May 13, 2013
  46. Boston Globe, "For freshman in Congress, focus is on raising money," accessed May 13, 2013
  47. Open Secrets, "Andy Barr 2012 Election Cycle," accessed February 20, 2013
  48. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," accessed June 19, 2013
  49. Sunlight Foundation, "Four House races where outside money may have pushed the needle," accessed November 7, 2012
  50. NV SOS, "All races," accessed 2012
  51. 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
  52. Daily Kos, "Third quarter House fundraising: who's got the cash?," accessed October 18, 2012
  53. GovTrack, "Andy Barr," accessed June 18, 2013
  54. OpenCongress, "Rep. Andy Barr," accessed August 2, 2013
  55. GovTrack, "Andy Barr," accessed April 1, 2013
  56. OpenSecrets, "Barr, (R-KY), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
  57. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Ben Chandler (D)
U.S. House of Representatives - Kentucky, District 6
Succeeded by