Barr, Tonko Co-Chairs of the Congressional Horse Caucus

Congressmen Andy Barr (R-KY) and Paul Tonko (D-NY) have been named co-chairs of the Congressional Horse Caucus in the 113th Congress. They replace Congressmen Dennis Cardoza (D-CA) and Brett Guthrie (R-KY).

“Congressman Cardoza and Guthrie were great co-chairs of the Caucus and we are grateful for all their work on behalf of the horse community,” said AHC president Jay Hickey. “We are happy to have Congressmen Barr and Tonka as the new co-chairs. They both represent districts that are important to the horse industry and we are lucky to have their leadership in the 113th Congress.”

The Congressional Horse Caucus is a bipartisan group of House of Representatives members formed to educate Congress and their staffs about the importance of the horse industry in the economic, agricultural, sporting, gaming, and recreational life of the nation.

“I am honored to represent the ‘Horse Capital of the World’ and excited that I have been named co-chairman of the Congressional Horse Caucus,” said Barr, who represents Lexington, Kentucky’s Second Congressional District.

“Kentucky’s signature horse industry provides Kentuckians with nearly 100,000 direct and indirect jobs and has a $4 billion economic impact on our state annually," he continued. "As co-chairman, I have already been hard at work recruiting new members to the caucus and planning meetings to educate Congress on issues impacting the horse industry. I am glad that Congressman Paul Tonko from New York will be my co-chair and appreciate his bipartisan leadership as we plan these events.

“I commend Congressman Brett Guthrie for his leadership as co-chairman in the last Congress and appreciate the opportunity to continue his work and promote the health of the horse industry,” added Barr.

Tonko represents New York’s 20th Congressional District, which includes Saratoga. He said, “The equine industry represents a large number of quality jobs, economic growth and a way of life not only in my Upstate New York district, but across the nation in rural and urban areas alike. I look forward to serving as co-chair of the Congressional Horse Caucus and working with my colleagues in the House in a bipartisan manner to promote this sector of our country’s culture, tradition, and economy.”

The AHC hopes all members of the horse community will contact their representatives and urge them to join the Congressional Horse Caucus.

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