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Congressman-Elect Andy Barr Prepares For Washington

Reported by: Amanda Stevenson
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Updated: 11/07/2012 6:28 pm
Kentucky's sixth district elected a new representative Tuesday night.

Republican Andy Barr beat out democratic incumbent Ben Chandler by 12,000 votes, even winning in Chandler's home district (Woodford) while losing in his own (Fayette).

The day after the election was decided, the Congressman-elect said he's raring to get started.

"Now, the real work begins. We have to roll up our sleeves, get down to business, and execute on the platform we campaigned on," said Barr.

The question: will the newly-elected representative have much sway when Congress reconvenes in January 2013?

Noted UK political science professor, Dr. Stephen Voss, said probably not.

"You don't see big changes growing out of any one member of Congress," said Voss, then continued, "Where he would matter is, you know, if there are close votes on how much money should be pumping through that system to be directed to the states for projects."

Though the Congressman-elect said that he's determined to take it a step further.

Barr admitted that President Obama's acceptance speech, in which he reached out to republicans, was appreciated.

And he said he wants to work with the democrats to solve America's problems.

"We have to do this. We have to forge common ground. We have to find common ground where we can because the problems are too big," said Barr.
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