Republican Andy Barr was sworn in Thursday as representative for Central Kentucky's 6th Congressional District.
Barr, a Lexington attorney who ousted Democrat Ben Chandler from the seat in last November's general election, joined other members of the 113th Congress in reciting the oath of office under the leadership of House Speaker John Boehner just after noon.
Later, Barr and his family joined Boehner for a ceremonial repetition of the oath of office in the Rayburn room of the United States Capitol.
"I am honored by the opportunity to serve the people of Kentucky's 6th Congressional District and the faith they have placed in me," Barr said in a statement. "I will approach this job every day with a humble resolve to make a difference in their lives guided by the steady hand of principle, inspired by the light of compassion, and energized by the genuine opportunities that still exist to build a stronger America for our children."
Barr said citizens in the district constantly remind him that, "We must get our nations financial house in order and our economy back on track.
"In order to pursue tomorrow's dreams, we must firmly and finally confront the reality that too many Kentuckians are still out of work and runaway spending pushes America closer to bankruptcy with every tick of the national debt clock."