Kentucky Congressman Andy Barr's Wife Carol Dies Suddenly at 39
Kentucky Congressman Andy Barr's wife has passed away suddenly at their home. The Congressman's office confirmed the news.
Eleanor Carol Leavell Barr worked as a healthcare representative and previously served as the executive director for the Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship.
While no information has been released, condolences for the family have been pouring in with U.S Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell saying he was heartbroken by the news.
McConnell paid tribute to Carol calling her a fantastic role model and source of constant love, adding,
"Her warmth filled whatever room she entered and her contributions made Kentucky a better place for all of us. We send our sincere condolences to Andy, their family and his staff at this terrible time."
The couple were married in 2008 and had two children together. Carol grew up in the state and even attended the University of Kentucky.
After the announcement, the Fayette County coroner had been called to the families home with media being asked to leave the area.
The congressman would release a statement at a later date and asked for privacy for the family.
I successfully advocated for the expansion of Telehealth with CMS to increase the use of Telehealth services in our hospitals and clinics to save lives. This preserves critical PPE and limits exposure to potentially COVID-19 positive patients for frontline medical professionals. pic.twitter.com/N5M3LqkMU6— Rep. Andy Barr (@RepAndyBarr) May 1, 2020
While the family has not yet released any statement, Mary Rosado, Barr's chief of staff, released a statement on behalf of the Barrs.
Rosado shared that the Congressman would release a statement at a later day and asked for privacy for the family so that the family could grieve. She said,
"Congressman Bar 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."
Congressman Andy Barr released the statement below regarding the sudden passing of his wife Carol on Tuesday evening: pic.twitter.com/mYllc9D97k— Rep. Andy Barr (@RepAndyBarr) June 17, 2020
Other condolences included Mike Harmon who extended his sympathy to the Barr and Leavell family at the death of Barr's "beautiful wife and a wonderful mother."
He also shared the bible verse from Proverbs, which said "He who finds a wife finds a good thing. And obtains favour from the Lord.'"
Britainy and I are heartbroken for U.S. Rep. Andy Barr and his family tonight at the sad news of the unexpected passing of the congressman's wife, Carol. We are praying for the Barr family. ^ AB— Governor Andy Beshear (@GovAndyBeshear) June 17, 2020
Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles also paid tribute to Carol, sharing that he had known her his entire life and remembered her as someone who always had a smile on her face.
Quarles spoke of Carol as being a valued member of their community and asked citizens of Kentucky to join him in praying for the family.