Barr is the representative for Kentucky’s 6th congressional district (view map) and is a Republican. He has served since Jan 3, 2013. Barr is next up for reelection in 2022 and serves until Jan 3, 2023.
Barr is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Barr has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 15, 2021. See full analysis methodology.
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Barr was the primary sponsor of 4 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 6192 (116th): 1921 Silver Dollar Coin Anniversary Act
- H.R. 2196: To amend title 38, United States Code, to reduce the credit hour requirement for the Edith Nourse Rogers STEM Scholarship program of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
- H.R. 7273 (115th): Forever GI Bill Housing Payment Fulfillment Act of 2018
- H.R. 4533 (115th): To designate the health care system of the Department of Veterans Affairs in Lexington, Kentucky, as the “Lexington VA Health Care System” and to make certain other ...
Does 4 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.
We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).
Barr sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Finance and Financial Sector (29%) Taxation (25%) Armed Forces and National Security (19%) International Affairs (6%) Economics and Public Finance (6%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (6%) Health (4%) Housing and Community Development (4%)
Some of Barr’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 8410: Promoting Access to Capital in Underbanked Communities Act of 2020
- H.R. 8368: Rural Broadband Expansion Act of 2020
- H.R. 8198: National Security Through America’s Resources and Permitting Reform Act of 2020
- H.R. 8197: Transparency in Chinese Government Investment Act of 2020
- H.R. 8164 (116th): Higher Education Research Protection Act of 2020
- H.R. 8163: Countering China Through American Export Competitiveness Act
- H.R. 7998: NIST COVID–19 Cybersecurity Act
From Jan 2013 to Jan 2021, Barr missed 58 of 4,710 roll call votes, which is 1.2%. This is better than the median of 2.0% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.
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