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Andy Barr to speak at Rotary Club

By: Press Release
By: Press Release

LEXINGTON, KY – The Rotary Club of Lexington will hold its weekly meeting Thursday, October 25, at 12:00 p.m., at Fasig-Tipton, 2400 Newtown Pike. The special guest speaker will be Andy Barr, Republican nominee for the U.S. House of Representatives for Kentucky’s Sixth Congressional District. The program topic will be “Restoring the American Dream: Trusting You – A Plan to Get America Working Again.”

Garland “Andy” Barr, 39, is a Lexington attorney and part-time instructor at Morehead State University where he teaches Constitutional Law and Administrative Law. In 2010, Barr was the Republican nominee for the U.S. House of Representatives in Kentucky’s Sixth Congressional District. Prior to his current employment, he served as Deputy General Counsel to former Governor Ernie Fletcher.

Barr is a 1992 graduate of Henry Clay High School. In 1996, he graduated Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government and Philosophy. From 1996 through 1998, Barr entered public service for the first time as a Legislative Assistant to U.S. Congressman Jim Talent (R-MO), where he staffed the Congressman’s service on the Speaker’s Health Care Reform Task Force. In 2001, Barr graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Law, where he was chosen to compete on the Moot Court National Team.

In 2010, Barr was the Republican nominee for Congress from Kentucky’s Sixth District. He began as a virtual unknown, defeated five other candidates in a primary with over 60% of the vote, raised over $1.5 million and was unlucky to lose to a three-term incumbent by 648 votes in one of the closest races in the country. This year, he was named one of the first full members of the National Republican Congressional Committee’s Young Guns program, which promote tops candidates, and he was chosen to address the Republican National Convention where he described how Obama’s War on Coal was destroying jobs and livelihoods in Central Kentucky. It was a speech that even the liberal New York Times editorial page noticed, noting that reducing coal use in the US “gets harder to achieve every time someone like Mr. Barr makes [the Environmental Protection Agency’s efforts] out to be an attack on a way of life.”

Barr presently serves on the Board of Directors of the Friends of the Isaac Murphy Memorial Art Garden. He is a member of the Kentucky and Fayette County Bar Associations, a 2007 graduate of Leadership Lexington, and a member of Christ Church Cathedral. Barr is married to the former Eleanor Carol Leavell of Georgetown, Kentucky, and is the proud father of a new baby girl, Eleanor Dumont Barr.

For additional information, or to attend this meeting,
please contact Peggy Trafton at trafton@rotarylexky.org.

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