The wife of Kentucky Congressman Andy Barr, 39-year-old Eleanor Barr, has passed away in Lexington.
ABC News reports Barr’s Chief of Staff Mary Rosado announced Eleanor’s unexpected death in a statement on Wednesday.
“During this tragic time, we respectfully ask for privacy for Congressman Barr and his family to grieve Mrs. Barr being called home to heaven,” the statement said. “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.”
Happy Mother’s Day from our family to yours. Today, I’m celebrating my wife Carol, and I hope you’ll join me in celebrating all the amazing moms across KY06. pic.twitter.com/pS9S8xcSwW
— Andy Barr (@barrforcongress) May 10, 2020
As Fox News reports, lawmakers quickly rallied behind the Barr family.
Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear described he was “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.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he and his wife were “stunned and heartbroken” by the death and expressed their “sincere condolences to Andy, their family and his staff at this terribly painful time.”
Congressman Mike Johnson similarly tweeted: “We received tragic news tonight on Capitol Hill. Our dear friend, Congressman Andy Barr of Kentucky, just lost his sweet wife, Carol. She was only 39 yrs old, and they have 2 precious little girls. Please join Kelly and me in praying for the Barr family. We are heartbroken.”
“This is so sad. Wonderful people, wonderful family,” Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz added.
This is so sad. Wonderful people, wonderful family. https://t.co/3AepKmSFQb
— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) June 17, 2020
ABC News adds:
Condolences for her passing 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.