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Rep. Andy Barr’s wife dies suddenly at 39

Kentucky Rep. Andy Barr’s (R) wife, Carol Barr, died suddenly on Tuesday evening in their home in Lexington. She was 39.

“Congressman Andy Barr’s wife Carol passed suddenly last night at the family home in Lexington,” Barr’s chief of staff, Mary Rosado, said in a statement Monday. The couple had been married since 2008. 

It is not clear what the cause of her death was. Rosado said Barr “may release a more detailed statement at a later date, but right now is solely focused on being a father to his two beautiful daughters.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said in a tweet that he and his wife are “stunned and heartbroken” by the news, and send their “sincere condolences to Andy, their family and his staff at this terribly painful time.”

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) also tweeted his condolences, saying he was “praying for them during this incredibly difficult time.”

Amy McGrath, who is running for the Democratic Party’s nomination to face McConnell, tweeted her condolences as well. McGrath ran against Barr in the 2018 midterm elections. 

Josh Hicks, a Democrat running to unseat Barr in this cycle, also tweeted his condolences. 

“While we may disagree politically, we’re both family men and I can’t fathom the pain he must be experiencing right now,” he said. 

Barr represents Kentucky’s 6th District, which includes the cities of Lexington, Richmond and Frankfort.

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