Andy Barr

Proposed Horse Racing Reforms Gaining Traction

Oct 4, 2019
Stu Johnson

The Thoroughbred racing industry has recently come under increased public scrutiny.  An unusually high number of horse fatalities, particularly in California, along with reports of Triple Crown winner Justify testing positive in 2018 for a banned substance are causing those in horse racing to do deep reflection on a sport which dates back to the 1600’s.  It’s an issue being discussed at racetracks in Kentucky all the way to Capitol Hill.

Cheri Lawson

Retired Marine pilot and Democrat Amy McGrath’s first run for political office came up short, but she did mount a strong campaign against GOP incumbent Congressman Andy Barr.  The three-term representative won by three percentage points.

Long Waits, Strong Opinions Mark Kentucky's Midterm Vote

Nov 6, 2018
Mary Meehan

Long lines and sharply divided opinions were the theme of the day as central Kentucky voters went to the polls to cast midterm ballots Tuesday.

Kentucky Democratic Party

    The crowd of about 300 were pumped by the time Amy McGrath took the stage Thursday at a Get-Out-The-Vote rally in Lexington.  While McGrath workers handed out fun-size candy bars bearing the candidate's name to the crowd, the message was anything but sweet. McGrath's Republican opponent in the 6th Congressional  District was never mentioned by name but McGrath spoke of the importance of civility in politics and cited of the plethora of negative ads run by her rival.  Instead throughout the hour-long pep rally, speaker after speaker railed against GOP Governor Matt Bevin and conservative

McGrath Campaign

Amy McGrath says she didn’t always have an interest in politics.  In fact, when you listen to the sixth district congressional candidate tell her story, she identifies the current state of American politics that prompted her to run. 

Asked last week if she was having fun in this highly watched central Kentucky congressional race, McGrath said yes, adding it was important for Kentucky and the country and that she is doing the best that she can.

KET Congressional Forum Includes Lively Interaction

Oct 30, 2018
Stu Johnson

With a week remaining before voters make a decision in the hotly contested sixth district congressional race, the two most well-known candidates met for the first time in a public forum.   GOP Representative Andy Barr and Democrat Amy McGrath along with Libertarian Frank Harris participated in Monday’s KET program.

Stu Johnson

A round table discussion about border security Wednesday brought law enforcement officials from several central Kentucky counties together. 

David Charles is the retired chief of police in Mount Sterling.  He says drugs coming from outside the state’s border are of utmost concern. “There’s not poppy plant fields, there’s no coco fields or any of those production facilities in this state or in this country.  They’re having to come in from out of the country.  And that’s one of the reasons why we need to secure our borders.”

Protestors chanted on one side of the Eastern Bypass and supporters cheered on the other as President Donald J. Trump's motorcade pulled into Alumni Coliseum at Eastern Kentucky University.

It was a divide in evidence throughout the president's visit Saturday.


   A new poll on Kentucky’s 6th District congressional race affirms what political pundits have been saying for months. It’s going to be a nail-biter. 

Republican Incumbent Andy Barr is leading his Democratic challenger Amy McGrath by one point. The independent poll was conducted last week by the New York Times and Siena College. Among the 506 respondents, 47 percent favored Barr, 46 percent endorsed McGrath, and seven percent were undecided.

Sixth District Candidates on Space Force Option

Sep 4, 2018

With more than two months until Kentucky voters cast their ballots, it appears the sixth district congressional race will likely attract consistent attention between now and then. 

Both candidates are working to make their case every chance they get.


Congressman Andy Barr was in Frankfort on Tuesday, touting his efforts in passing a bill that rolled back parts of the Dodd-Frank consumer protection act.

Dodd-Frank set up banking oversight in the wake of the 2008 financial disaster. 

Barr is a Republican who represents Kentucky’s 6th Congressional district. He says the measure made it harder for people in rural areas to get access to credit. 

“By reducing the number of community financial institutions, Dodd Frank regulations clogged the plumbing of our economy. Especially in rural and underserved communities,”

If the production and airing of political advertisements is any indication, political pundits might say the sixth congressional district race has generated a lot of attention for August.  Reports the central Kentucky contest between GOP incumbent Andy Barr and Democrat Amy McGrath is being viewed with a national lens.

Sixth District Congressman Andy Barr easily defeated first time candidate Chuck Eddy in yesterday’s GOP Primary.  Now the three term congressman faces former Marine fighter pilot Amy McGrath in the fall. 

Barr, a sixth generation Lexingtonian, believes the Republican agenda in Washington is looked upon favorably by many in central Kentucky. “And I don’t think any of our constituents are going to want abandon an agenda that has delivered a booming economy, the most prosperous economy in over two decades,” said Barr.

While six Democrats are seeking the nomination in the Sixth Congressional District, only two are competing in the Republican primary. Incumbent Andy Barr is seeking a fourth term while opponent Chuck Eddy is making his first run.

Chuck Eddy says Donald Trump’s move from entertainment and real estate to the White House got his attention. “I’ll be honest I watched “The Apprentice” and thought it was kind of funny, but then when he was in reality trying to do something, I was horrified,” said Eddy. 

Democrats Target Rep. Andy Barr in Radio Ad

Oct 5, 2017

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — National Democrats are targeting a Kentucky congressman in a radio ad campaign attacking Republican efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee said Thursday the radio ad will run in 11 GOP-held districts, including the 6th District in Kentucky.

Sixth District Representative Andy Barr says Kentuckians and other Americans should be concerned about activities within the North Korean government. 

The Republican representative says those worries should be based on ten years of a U.S. policy of strategic patience toward the nation ruled by dictator Kim Jong-un. 

Rep. Andy Barr on Graham-Cassidy Health Bill

Sep 22, 2017

The U.S. Senate could vote next week on legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act. 

Although still a major question mark, proponents have argued the chance of passage for this bill is better compared to a previous GOP health reform measure that failed at the end of July.

Barr Unveils Bill to Address Military Sexual Trauma

Sep 22, 2017
Stu Johnson

Sixth District Congressman Andy Barr sees a proposed federal pilot program as a step to provide better care for military veterans who have suffered sexual assault while in service. 

The Republican representative detailed the Military Sexual Assault Victim Empowerment Act in Frankfort Friday.  

Retired Marine Lt. Col. Amy McGrath's political ad took the Internet (or at least the political corner of the Internet) by storm this week, but she tells NPR that she doesn't typically love being fussed over.

"People who know me personally know me as an introvert," she said. "I'm not somebody who seeks attention."

No matter, though; when the Kentucky native released an ad announcing she would run in 2018 as a Democrat in her state's 6th Congressional District, she earned swooning praise from liberals and even impressed some conservatives. In the ad, McGrath took aim not only at the incumbent, Republican Rep. Andy Barr, but also made a blistering attack on fellow Kentuckian Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader.

Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to be in Lexington Wednesday as part of the Administration’s efforts to get support for the health care bill being considered in the Senate.

Arriving on Air Force Two with the Vice President  will be Sixth District Representative Andy Barr.  

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Sixth District Rep. Andy Barr discussed his faith and civic responsibility in Lexington Monday evening. While the media was not allowed at the public meeting, it was shared beyond the sanctuary via Twitter.

Kentucky’s Sixth District Representative to Congress, Andy Barr, was among those who voted yesterday for the American Health Care Act, proposed legislation that would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

Barr spoke with us about his vote and the nature of the bill, saying he considered yesterday “a good day for the American people who are facing higher costs and fewer choices in their healthcare.”

Stu Johnson

Sixth District Rep. Andy Barr received strong and outspoken reaction from a crowd packed itno the Lafayette High School auditorium Monday night.  Shouts of discontent came early and lasted throughout much of the hour and a half program.

The first very audible reaction erupted when the congressman commented that the Affordable Care Act is in a death spiral. 

Opponents flooded a town hall event held by U.S. Rep. Andy Barr in Mt. Sterling early Wednesday morning. The group booed, shouted down and at times hissed at Kentucky’s 6th district congressman over his stances on cutting corporate taxes, repealing the Affordable Care Act and scaling back the Environmental Protection Agency.

The group also criticized Barr for not holding a town hall event in the largest city in Barr’s district — Lexington.

Barr Campaign

Sixth District Representative Andy Barr says he supports President Donald Trump’s controversial executive order banning travel to the U.S. from seven predominantly Muslim countries.

In a conversation with WEKU’s John Hingsbergen, the congressman also expressed his support for the president’s nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch (GORE-such) to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Stu Johnson

Central Kentucky pastor Nancy Jo Kemper feels good about the congressional campaign she waged in a losing effort.  The first-time Democratic candidate believes Andy Barr’s campaign funding was too much to overcome.

Andy Barr, the GOP incumbent in the Sixth District, garnered just over 60 percent of the vote in the 19-county region.  Kemper, who’s been active in a variety of political debates in Frankfort, felt good about her showing, “I believe that it was an honest decent campaign that tried to evoke civility and to listen to all the people of the sixth district."

As he campaigns for a second term in the U.S. House, Lexington Republican Representative Andy Barr is seeking to continue an involvement in politics that stretches back into the 1990’s.  

While in college, he served as an intern for Senator Mitch McConnell. He later worked in former Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher’s administration and was first elected to represent Kentucky’s 6th congressional district in 2012.  As he seeks a third two-year term, Barr is being opposed by Democrat Nancy Jo Kemper. 

Sixth District US House Candidates Face Off in KET Debate

Oct 25, 2016
Lexington Herald-Leader/

Candidates for Kentucky’s 6th Congressional district squared off in their only joint appearance ahead of this year’s election.

The televised debate showed sharp differences over banking regulations, foreign policy and the Affordable Care Act.   

6th Dist. U.S. House Primary Candidates

May 13, 2016

WEKU News has produced a series of reports featuring the candidates competing for the Democratic and Republican nominations for the U.S. House of Representatives from the 6th District in Kentucky.

Stu Johnson / WEKU News

    Our examination of the Sixth District House race continues with the views of a first-time candidate.  There are two Republicans and two Democrats vying for votes in next Tuesday’s primary.  

67-year-old Roger Brill decided at the last-minute to challenge GOP incumbent Andy Barr.  Brill, who has owned a steel fabrication company for close to four decades, says he filed because it appeared no one else would take on Barr.