Kentucky (District: 6)
Garland Hale “Andy” Barr IV (born July 24, 1973) is an http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States">American politician and lawyer who has served as the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_House_of_Representatives">United States Representative for http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kentucky%27s_6th_congressional_district">Kentucky’s 6th congressional district since 2013.
A native of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lexington,_Kentucky">Lexington, Kentucky, Barr completed undergraduate studies at the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_Virginia">University of Virginia in 1996. While in college, he worked as an intern forhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republican_Party_(United_States)">Republican http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Senate">Senator http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitch_McConnell">Mitch McConnell and the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republican_National_Committee">Republican National Committee. After graduation, he worked as a legislative assistant for then-http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Missouri">MissouriRepresentative http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Talent">Jim Talent before enrolling at the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_Kentucky_College_of_Law">University of Kentucky College of Law. He completed his law degree in 2001 and joined the Lexington firm ofhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stites_%26_Harbison">Stites & Harbison. After representing the running mate of Republican gubernatorial candidate http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ernie_Fletcher">Ernie Fletcher in a dispute over residency requirements in 2003, he joined Fletcher’s transition team after his http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kentucky_gubernatorial_election,_2003">election and eventually became part of his executive staff. He was not implicated in the hiring scandal that plagued Fletcher’s administration, and in fact, claimed that he had warned administration officials of potential violations of the state http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Merit_system">merit system.
Barr returned to private practice after http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kentucky_gubernatorial_election,_2007">Fletcher was defeated for reelection. In 2009, he announced he would challenge http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Democratic_Party_(United_States)">Democrat http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Chandler">Ben Chandler in the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_elections,_2010">2010 midterm elections. The http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Republican_Congressional_Committee">National Republican Congressional Committee targeted the race as part of their strategy to gain a majority in the U.S. House of Representatives and provided considerable financial backing to Barr’s campaign. Chandler won the election by fewer than 700 votes, and Barr finally conceded defeat after a recanvass failed to yield an appreciable difference in the margin. In mid-2011, however, he announced he would again http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_elections,_2012">challenge Chandler in 2012. Again aided by campaign funds from the national party – which were countered by contributions to Chandler by the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Democratic_Congressional_Campaign_Committee">Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee – Barr won the election by over 11,000 votes.