A 20-year veteran of the Marine Corps, Lt. Col. Amy McGrath announced via a viral campaign video that she is challenging Republican incumbent Andy Barr to represent Kentucky’s 6th congressional district.
The video shows McGrath in front of fighter jets discussing her upbringing, military career, and perseverance in the face of blatant sexism.
“When I was 12 years old, I knew exactly what I wanted to do when I grew up,” Amy McGrath says in the video. “I wanted to fly fighter jets and land on aircraft carriers, because that’s the toughest flying you can do.”
Unfortunately, when McGrath was 12 years old, women weren’t able to fly in combat. She wrote to her congressman, who replied that “women should be protected”.
She then wrote to her senator in Kentucky to push the issue even further. In a fun twist exemplifying just how swampy Washington is, Mitch McConnell was the recipient of her inquiry. He never responded.
Now, she has a new mission – “To take on a Congress full of career politicians who treat the people of Kentucky like they’re disposable.”
Even though McGrath and her campaign aren’t touting this piece of history (yet), we did some digging and it turns out Lt. Col. McGrath would be the first woman ever elected to represent Kentucky’s 6th district in Congress.
The district was first created in 1803, and in the 214 years since, a woman hasn’t been elected to serve. We think it’s time for that to change.
Her opponent, incumbent Representative Andy Barr, was an intern for Mitch McConnell after graduating from UVA. Barr won the seat in 2010, when he defeated Democrat Ben Chandler during the Republican wave following the passage of the Affordable Care Act.
In 2016, Rep. Andy Barr won re-election by 21 points, and Donald Trump won the district by 15 points over Hillary Clinton. This district is solidly in Republican hands (for now), but as we’ve already seen in special elections, these margins are far from invincible.
To wrap, Lt. Col. Amy McGrath a badass mother who has two decades of military experience, and doesn’t know what it means to quit or back down. We like her chances and hope to see her unseat Rep. Andy Barr and become the first woman to represent Kentucky’s 6th district.