Longtime Nebraska politician and former 3rd District Congressman Bill Barrett is being remembered as a public servant who helped shape the nation’s farm policy during his 10 years in Congress. Barrett died at the age of 87 in his hometown of Lexington Tuesday.
On the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, current 3rd District Congressman Adrian Smith spoke about how Barrett devoted his life to service.
Smith told members from his speakership in the State Legislature to the years he spent in Congress, Barrett was known for being true to his word and bringing people together to get things done.
Smith said serving Nebraskans was Barrett’s top priority, and his dedication to the Third District and our state set a lasting example for Smith and all who have sought to fill his shoes.
Smith told House members that Barrett was an influential conservative leader and a champion of agriculture. He said the Third District is now the top-producing agriculture district in the country, and we owe much of that to Barrett’s tireless work.
Smith extended condolences to Barrett’s wife Elsie, and their family.
Barrett served in the U.S. House from 1991 through 2000. Before that, he spent 12 years in the Nebraska Legislature, his final four as speaker. Barrett was outspoken on farm issues and helped write the Freedom to Farm Act in 1996 that limited farm subsidies. He also tried to keep the federal government out of local water rights issues.