Congressman Andy Barr’s wife, Eleanor Carol Leavell Barr, died unexpectedly at the family’s home on Tuesday. Barr, who went by Carol, was 39 years old.
Barr’s Chief of Staff, Mary Rosado, revealed the news in a statement. “During this tragic time, we respectfully ask for privacy for Congressman Barr and his family to grieve Mrs. Barr being called home to heaven,” Rosado said, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader. “Congressman 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.”
The U.S. Rep. and his wife wed in 2008 and share two daughters together. Carol grew up in Georgetown and attended the University of Kentucky. She worked for Pfizer and served as the executive director for the Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship in Lexington.
Politicians Offer Condolences
Following the news of Carol’s passing, a number of Barr’s fellow politicians released statements and shared their condolences. U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his wife U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao were “stunned” and “heartbroken.”
McConnell released a statement on Carol’s passing and shared a message for the couple’s daughters. “Her warmth filled whatever room she entered and her contributions made Kentucky a better place for all of us,” McConnell said. “And to Eleanor and Mary Clay, Carol was a wonderful role model and source of constant love. We send our sincere condolences to Andy, their family, and his staff at this terribly painful time.”
In addition to McConnell, Kentucky agriculture commissioner Ryan Quarles also spoke of Carol as a “kind and generous person.” He continued by adding, “She is a truck Kentuckian. She loved our state and always had a smile on her face.”
Furthermore, a number of politicians took to social media and offered their condolences. Senator Rand Paul says he and his wife Kelley’s “hearts are heavy.”
In addition to McConnell and Paul, Governor Andy Beshear expressed his shock at the heartbreaking news. He took to Twitter to share a statement about Carol’s passing.
Barr’s political opponents also offered condolences to the congressman’s family. Amy McGrath, Barr’s former opponent, said she will keep Barr’s family in her prayers.
“While we were political competitors, we are Kentuckians first,” McGrath said. She continued by adding, “I hope they feel the love of many and we wish him great strength during this very trying time.”
Currently, Barr is running for reelection in Kentucky’s sixth congressional district.
[H/T Lexington Herald-Leader]