Besides eagerly anticipating being sworn into office Jan. 3 as Central Kentucky's new member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Republican Andy Barr and his wife, Carol, are expecting their second child in late April or early May.
"We're so blessed and excited," said Barr, a Lexington lawyer.
The couple should learn their second child's gender in a few weeks, Barr said. Their daughter, Eleanor, was born in April 2011.
To get ready for Congress, Barr, 39, has been attending orientation sessions in Washington.
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He earned the right to go to Washington Nov. 6 when he defeated 6th Congressional District Democratic incumbent Ben Chandler of Woodford County. Chandler had held the seat since 2004. Barr narrowly lost to Chandler in 2010.
"The transition is going well," Barr said. "I'm making good progress in interviewing candidates for chief of staff. When that is resolved, my second hire will be district director, to be based in Kentucky, and then other staff."
On Friday, Barr joined 69 other U.S. House freshmen in a lottery for office space.
He said his name was the 29th drawn, and he will get an office on the fourth floor of the Longworth Office Building, located south of the U.S. Capitol.
Before being sworn into office, Barr said, he will visit several of his district's 19 counties "to thank people and talk about their needs."
After being sworn in, he said, he will start his "accessibility initiative" that will involve scheduling office hours in the district's counties.