District: Kentucky’s 6th in Central and Eastern Kentucky – home to the city of Lexington, Keeneland Race Course, Fasig-Tipton Sale Company and hundreds of Thoroughbred farms.
Status: Elected as a freshman Congressman last November. He took the oath of office on January 3, 2013.
Experience: Rep. Barr served as Legislative Assistant for U.S. Rep. Jim Talent, staffing then-Congressman (and future Senator) Talent’s participation on Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich’s Health Care Reform Task Force.
Key Committee: Rep. Barr serves on the House Financial Services Committee. This committee has jurisdiction over areas such as 1) Banks and banking; 2) International finance; 3) Money and credit; and 4) Securities and exchanges. The House Financial Services Committee also oversees Internet gaming which is critical to the future of our industry.
Impact on horse racing industry: Rep. Barr was raised in Lexington, KY and earned his law degree at the University of Kentucky. As a native of the Bluegrass Region of Kentucky, Rep. Barr is keenly aware of the Thoroughbred racing and breeding industry.