NKY Native Amy McGrath to Challenge McConnell in 2020

Amy McGrath announced Tuesday morning that she would seek the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell next year.

McGrath, 44, ran for Congress last year against Republican incumbent Andy Barr to represent the Lexington area and its surrounding counties. Barr defeated McGrath by just over 3 percentage points.

"I’m running to replace Mitch McConnell in the U.S. Senate. Everything that’s wrong with Washington had to start somewhere—it started with him," McGrath said in a tweet on Tuesday, after appearing on MSNBC's Morning Joe program to announce her candidacy. "With your help, we can defeat Mitch and defend democracy."

McGrath grew up in Edgewood and graduated from Notre Dame Academy. She is a former Marine fighter pilot and was the first female to pilot an F/A 18 in a combat mission. She served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

McConnell is the Senate Majority Leader and was first elected to his seat in 1984 after serving as the Jefferson County Judge/Executive.

-Staff report