Carol Barr, wife of Kentucky Congressman Andy Barr, dies at 39
Carol Barr and Andy Barr look out over the crowd of his supporters at his victory celebration in 2018. (Timothy D. Easley/AP)
Carol Barr, the wife of Kentucky Rep. Andy Barr who was celebrated for her warmth, died Tuesday evening. She was 39.
In a statement, Andy Barr, a 46-year-old Republican, said that “we ask for prayers for our beautiful, dear and precious Carol, the greatest, most selfless and giving wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend anyone could ever have.”
Carol Barr, whose full name was Eleanor Carol Leavell Barr, served as executive director at the Henry Clay Center for Leadership, a nonprofit in Lexington, Ky., beginning in 2009.
“Anyone who had the privilege of meeting Carol immediately experienced the glow of her warmth and hospitality, which were indicative of how she served her community and loved her family,” the Henry Clay Center said in a tweet.
Carol Barr is survived by the couple’s two young daughters, Eleanor and Mary Clay. Her husband has served in the House of Representatives since 2013. The couple married in 2008.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell mourned Carol Barr’s death, saying in a tweet that he was “stunned and heartbroken.”
“Her warmth filled whatever room she entered,” McConnell tweeted. “Her contributions made Kentucky a better place for all of us.”