FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) - Republican Second District Congressman Brett Guthrie of Bowling Green filed his papers at the Secretary of State’s office on Monday, seeking a seventh term in office.
Guthrie is a Deputy Whip for the House Republican Conference, and earlier this year was named the top Republican on the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. Guthrie’s Sept. 30 campaign finance filing showed more than $2 million cash on hand for his reelection effort.
“I plan to run a positive campaign with Kentucky and her people at the center of it,” Guthrie said. “My job is to fight for the values of my constituents, and I’m proud to stand alongside President Donald Trump and the Republican members of Congress who do that every day. My priorities include standing up for pro-life values, fighting for good economic opportunities, supporting our military members and veterans, reforming the health care system, fighting to end the scourge of drug addiction, and protecting the Second Amendment.”
Guthrie sponsored and passed into law the EMPOWER Act, allowing certain Medicaid recipients to receive in-home care. As a leading Republican on the Energy and Commerce committee, Guthrie has worked to expand broadband services and to protect rural areas from security threats. His bipartisan legislation, the Secure and Trusted Communications Act, passed out of committee recently and will help small and rural wireless providers replace out-of-date equipment.
“I fight for rural America and the communities that are often forgotten by the liberal majority in the House,” he said.
Guthrie, who also a member of the House Education and Labor Committee, introduced the PARTNERS Act to help small and medium-sized businesses establish apprenticeships and work-based learning programs.
He also wrote legislation to combat the opioid epidemic and leading efforts to lower prescription drug prices. Other efforts during the current term have included investigating the deadly e-cigarette crisis, making college more affordable, and stopping predatory robo-calls.
“As I enthusiastically file for re-election to Congress, I remain grateful for this opportunity, made possible by the people of Kentucky’s second district. Every day that goes by, and every vote that I cast, I am honored to be the voice of my constituents and take that responsibility very seriously,” Guthrie stated. “I look forward to continued conversations with the people of the second district.”
Prior to heading to Washington, the 55-year old Guthrie represented the 32nd district in the Kentucky Senate from 1999 to 2008, where he served as vice chairman of the Economic Development, Tourism and Labor Committee, and was chairman of the Transportation Committee.