Wife of U.S. Rep. Andy Barr dies unexpectedly at 39

Carol Barr and her husband, Rep. Andy Barr (R-Ky.), are shown in 2018.
(Associated Press )

U.S. Rep. Andy Barr expressed “profound grief” Wednesday over the unexpected death of his 39-year-old wife at their home in Kentucky the night before. His initial statement provided no details about a cause.

Eleanor Carol Leavell Barr died in Lexington, the Republican congressman’s chief of staff, Mary Rosado, said in a statement. The Fayette County coroner was called to the family’s home after the announcement of her passing, WKYT-TV reported.

“In this moment of profound grief and heartbreak, we are so grateful for the gift and blessing of Carol’s life, for her strong faith in her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, for the comfort of fond memories and her victory in heaven and for all those who have surrounded Carol’s family, the girls and I with beautiful expressions of love, compassion and sympathy,” Barr’s statement said. He also asked for prayers for his daughters.

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said in a statement 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.”


Condolences flowed in through the night from other Kentucky politicians, including Gov. Andy Beshear and U.S. Sen. Rand Paul.

Barr, who went by Carol, grew up in the state and went on to attend the University of Kentucky, news outlets reported. She married Andy Barr in 2008, and the couple went on to have two children. She had worked for Pfizer, and as the executive director of Lexington’s Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship.

U.S. Rep. Andy Barr represents Kentucky’s sixth district, which includes the cities of Lexington, Richmond and Frankfort.