Andy Barr hires Colleen Chaney as district director; Andy Hightower to serve as sr. advisor

01/10/2013 06:29 PM

Freshman U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Lexington, has filled out his top staff in the 6th Congressional District by hiring longtime Republican aide Colleen Chaney as his district director and Kentucky Club for Growth director Andy Hightower as his policy advisor.

Barr told Pure Politics Thursday at the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce dinner that Chaney and Hightower officially came on board his staff this month.

Chaney has served as chief deputy clerk in Madison County since 2011. Before that she spent four years as a top aide to then-Secretary of State Trey Grayson, heading up Grayson’s legislative and corporate programs office. She also worked for Republican Gov. Ernie Fletcher’s administration.

Hightower, who spent the last four years as executive director of the conservative Kentucky Club for Growth, will work out of the district office and will serve as senior advisor on policy.

Hightower also is a former senior legislative and policy aide for Fletcher’s administration, and he worked in Fletcher’s Washington office while he was 6th District congressman.

About Ryan Alessi

Ryan Alessi joined cn|2 in May 2010 as senior managing editor and host of Pure Politics. He is now pursuing an advanced degree in non-fiction writing from Murray State University and is a regular contributor to Pure Politics. Ryan has covered politics for more than 14 years, including seven years as a reporter for the Lexington Herald-Leader. Ryan can be reached at or @mycn2 on Twitter.


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