Retiring U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Louisville, Co-Founder of the Congressional Bourbon Caucus and Chair of the House Budget Committee who helped lead a permanent reduction on the federal excise tax on distillers among other key measures.
Watch as Heaven Hill Brand Chairman Max Shapira inducts Yarmuth into the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame class of 2022.
Congressman John Yarmuth has represented Kentucky’s Third Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2007. Now in his eighth term, he has served as Chairman of the House Budget Committee since 2019. Yarmuth has been recognized for his work to improve education, expand access to affordable health care, and for his leadership in enacting the American Rescue Plan, landmark legislation to defeat the pandemic and rebuild our economy.
Yarmuth founded the Congressional Bourbon Caucus in 2009 and has served as its Co-Chair ever since. The caucus is made up of a bipartisan group of members dedicated to strengthening the Bourbon industry in the United States and educating other members on legislative and regulatory issues impacting the industry. Yarmuth has led the fight to make excise tax relief permanent for distilled spirits, protect distillers from unfair tariffs amidst ongoing trade disputes, and helped cut red tape for distillers who stepped up to produce hand sanitizer and other needed products at the start of the pandemic.
Through his founding of the Congressional Bourbon Caucus and his nearly two decades of work as Louisville’s Congressman, Yarmuth has continually advocated on behalf of America’s native spirit and the individuals and industries that support it.
Born and raised in Louisville, Yarmuth graduated from Atherton High School and Yale University. He and his wife, Cathy, have one son, Aaron, daughter-in-law, Sarah, and grandsons, J.D. and Rory.
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