Congressman Ben Chandler (#733)
U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler, a Democrat running for re-election to the 6th Congressional District seat, discusses the fall election.
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Ben Chandler, 53, is seeking his fifth full term as congressman for the 6th Congressional District in Kentucky. He currently serves on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.
Chandler, a Woodford County native, is a graduate of the University of Kentucky with a bachelor's degree in history and a law degree. He served as state auditor from 1991-1995, then was elected attorney general and served two terms, 1995-2003. He ran unsuccessfully for governor in 2003 against Republican Ernie Fletcher. He won the 6th District seat that was vacated by Fletcher in a special election held in 2004.
Chandler is once again being challenged for the 6th District seat by Republican Andy Barr. Chandler won a close race against Barr in 2010 by 648 votes, 119,812 to 119,164.
Since the 2010 election and the 2010 Census, the boundaries of the 6th District have been redrawn. The western part of Jessamine County, including Wilmore, and all of Garrard, Mercer and Boyle counties were moved from Central Kentucky's 6th District to the 2nd District. The 6th District gained the remaining portion of Scott County; a southern strip of Harrison County; and all of Robertson, Nicholas, Fleming, Bath, Menifee and Wolfe counties.