Kentucky Representatives Andy Barr and Morgan McGarvey have been appointed co-chairs of the Congressional Bourbon Caucus for the upcoming 118th Congress. The Caucus, founded in 2009, consists of a bipartisan group of members working to promote policies that strengthen the nation’s bourbon industry. With the aim of tariff-free trade for American whiskey producers, the Caucus has been instrumental in the growth of distilleries throughout the country.
The bourbon industry is a major economic force in Kentucky, with an estimated value of $8.6 billion and providing jobs to over 20,000 people. The state is also responsible for 95% of the world’s supply of bourbon. With this in mind, it’s no surprise that the Co-Chairs of the Congressional Bourbon Caucus are both from the Bluegrass State.
Congressman Andy Barr, who currently serves Kentucky’s 6th district, is a staunch advocate for the bourbon industry. He has long been a supporter of the industry, citing its importance to the local economy and the jobs it provides to Kentuckians. Meanwhile, Congressman McGarvey has been a strong voice for the distillers of his state. He has sponsored legislation to promote the growth of distilleries and to protect the iconic brand known as Kentucky Bourbon.
The Congressional Bourbon Caucus has been working to ensure that the industry continues to grow and remain competitive in the global market. Barr and McGarvey plan to keep pushing for policies that will help the bourbon industry and the state of Kentucky.