Brett Guthrie

Kevin Willis

A Kentucky congressman says the riots that took place in the U.S. Capitol left a pit in his stomach. 

U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie was in his office watching the Senate proceedings on television when the Capitol went on lockdown Wednesday. 

Guthrie spoke to WKU Public Radio by phone from an undisclosed location and confirmed that he was safe. The Bowling Green Republican said he doesn’t think President Trump bears any responsibility for the mob violence.

“I don’t know of any inciting he did, no," Guthrie said. "People should know better than to do that, to break into the Capitol building, and we’ll figure out how it happened and who did it. Matter of fact, I think all protests need to be peaceful, and it’s not a protest if it’s not. It’s just a violent act.”

Office of U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie

U.S. Representative Brett Guthrie is urging Kentucky’s small business owners to take advantage of relief funds in the CARES Act approved by Congress last week. 

The Bowling Green Republican held a conference call with reporters on Thursday to highlight some of the financial aid in the coronavirus stimulus package. 

The relief package includes a Payroll Protection Program to help small businesses continue to pay their workers through the pandemic. Guthrie says the aim is to prevent companies from going out of business.

“They can still write checks to their employees, pay rent to the person who owns their building, or if they own their building, pay interest on their mortgage, and pay their utilities, so they just don’t have to shut down," Guthrie said. "When we open this up, they’re ready to start business."

Kevin Willis

Kentucky’s Second District Congressman says the pause in fighting between Turkey and Kurdish forces in Syria is an important step in restoring some degree of order to the region.

Bowling Green Republican Brett Guthrie voted in favor of a non-binding resolution this week in the U.S. House condemning President Trump’s sudden pullout of American forces from Syria.

The resolution also condemned Turkey for invading Syria shortly after Trump announced the withdrawal.

But Congressman Guthrie says the decision announced Thursday by Turkey to temporarily halt its incursion will allow some of the Syrian refugees in Turkey to return to their native country.

Becca Schimmel

Republican Congressman Brett Guthrie spoke about immigration, diversity and military relations with Iran while in Bowling Green on Friday. He said the negative rhetoric about immigration needs to stop on both sides of the aisle. The Congressman sees it as an impediment to diversifying the Republican party.

Guthrie’s district includes Bowling Green, which is one of the largest refugee resettlement areas in the nation. He said that’s been a big advantage for the community. 

The Congressman pointed out that the Democratic party is a lot more diverse than the GOP, and the rhetoric around immigration isn’t helping his party attract people of color. 

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Kentucky State Rep. Angie Hatton met with lawmakers in Washington D.C. this week to push for a bill that would bring home more than $100 million for hard-hit coal communities.

The RECLAIM Act would fast-track the distribution of $1 billion to clean up abandoned coal mines and promote economic development in communities across Appalachia, Colorado and Illinois — including $116 million for coal counties in the Commonwealth.

For decades, Kentucky has mined the coal that has powered the nation, but production and employment is less than half of what it was a decade ago.

Kevin Willis

A Kentucky Congressman says he expects President Trump to make a case for strong border security as he delivers his second State of the Union address. 

In a speech to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday night, Trump will likely urge Congress to pass a comprehensive border package or else watch him go it alone.

A February 15 deadline threatens to close the federal government again without a border security agreement between Democrats and Republicans. 

Becca Schimmel

U.S. Congressman Brett Guthrie wants to bring broadband access to more Kentuckians. He said it helps economic development as well as quality of life.

About 22 percent of Kentuckians don’t have access to broadband. One of the biggest challenges with providing reliable internet access to more people is building the infrastructure. Guthrie said better access to faster internet means connecting more people to flexible work and allowing companies to remain competitive.


“So even if you’re doing old school manufacturing it uses modern technology and you have to have it,” he told WKU Public Radio. “So if you have counties that just don’t have it overall they just can’t compete in terms of trying to attract businesses to put people to work and grow the county.”

The Democratic nominee for Kentucky’s Second Congressional District thinks the U.S. needs to consider offering amnesty to certain people who are living in the country without documentation.  

Hank Linderman said U.S. policymakers have to consider a wide range of solutions in dealing with the country’s estimated 12 million unauthorized immigrants.

“President Reagan signed a bill in 1986 to allow undocumented people that were in the United States to become citizens, and it was called the ‘Reagan Amnesty of 1986.’ So one of things I’ll be proposing very soon is amnesty for folks who have been in the United States since July 4, 2018.”

Democratic Nominee Hank Linderman toured Kentucky’s 2nd Congressional District Wednesday after winning in Tuesday’s primary. Linderman faces Republican incumbent Brett Guthrie in the November general election. Linderman made eight stops throughout the district, stopping to talk to voters.


The 2nd Congressional District House seat has been under Republican control for the past 24 years. Linderman said he thinks this is the year that could change because Kentuckians are frustrated with the way the government is running, regardless of their political party affiliation. He said there’s a laundry list of things he wants to work on and improve but he wants to start by bringing people together.

Tuesday is Election Day in Kentucky

May 22, 2018

Kentuckians will make their way to the polls on Tuesday to vote in races up and down the ballot from the federal to local level.  Turnout is expected to be on par with the 2010 and 2014 mid-term elections.

About 32 percent of registered voters cast ballots in Kentucky’s 2010 mid-term election and 27 percent in the 2014 mid-terms.  This year, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is predicting turnout around 30 percent.  Her office tracks absentee ballot totals as an indicator of turnout on election day.  Grimes says she hopes this year’s primary bucks a recent trend of dismal participation rates.

"My hope is that folks realize that our elections should be determined by a majority of our electorate and not a minority, which is what we have had in the past," Grimes told WKU Public Radio.

Kentucky’s 2nd Congressional District seat has been held by Republicans for the past 24 years. Four Democrats are running for the chance to unseat incumbent Republican Brett Guthrie. One of the Democrats hoping to win Tuesday’s primary is Rane Sessions of Breckinridge County.

Sessions said she decided to run for the seat because she doesn’t believe incumbent Republican Brett Guthrie represents her or her community. She works in a veterinarian office and said she’s seen first hand how hard it is to attract and keep people in that profession in rural Kentucky.

Lisa Autry

Kentucky’s Second District Congressman is holding what his office is calling “Conversations with Constituents” in three parts of our listening area this week.

Republican Brett Guthrie will be in Radcliff Monday, April, at the Colvin Community Center.

He’ll be in Danville Tuesday afternoon at the Boyle County Public Library, and at the Western Kentucky University campus in Owensboro Wednesday

All of the events begin at 3 p.m. local time.

Guthrie’s office says the gatherings will be unscripted, and will allow local citizens to address the Bowling Green Congressman about any issue they feel is important.

Lisa Autry

Kentucky Congressman Brett Guthrie says a number of actions can be taken to improve school safety without banning assault-style weapons. 

The Republican lawmaker held a town hall in Bowling Green on Monday dubbed "A Conversation With Constituents."

The event drew a small, but passionate crowd frustrated by Congress’ inaction on gun control. Congressman Guthrie said he thinks the most effective response to school shootings is adding resource officers in every school.

"If people go into schools, if they illegally walk into schools with a gun, they know no one else in there has one unless it's a resource officer," Guthrie told WKU Public Radio.  "When you have a sign that says, 'This is a gun-free zone,' and then someone walks in with a gun, they know it's a gun-free zone."

GOP US Rep. Guthrie Files for Re-election in Kentucky

Nov 27, 2017
Office of U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie

Republican Kentucky Rep. Brett Guthrie has filed for re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives.

Guthrie was first elected from Kentucky's 2nd Congressional district in 2008. He won contested re-election campaigns in 2010, 2012 and 2014. In 2016, Guthrie was unopposed in the general election. The district covers some of the western and central parts of the state, including Bowling Green, Owensboro and Elizabethtown.

Guthrie has more than $2 million on hand in his campaign account, according to records with the Federal Election Commission.

Becca Schimmel

Congressman Brett Guthrie said he’s not sure if his Republican colleagues in the Senate will be able to repeal and replace Obamacare this year. He made these comments at a town hall style gathering Wednesday in Bowling Green.

Guthrie said he supports repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act at the same time. The Bowling Green Republican said the House did its job by sending a bill to the Senate that would have accomplished that task. But the Senate wasn’t able to get 50 votes to pass several versions of reform. Guthrie said he isn’t sure if repeal and replace will happen this year.