In 2010, Barry was nominated to be the U.S. Attorney for Kansas and was unanimously confirmed by Democrats and Republicans in the U.S. Senate. He immediately went to work improving community relationships, increasing efficiencies for the taxpayers, and managing over 100 people in offices in Wichita, Topeka, and Kansas City, Kansas.
Barry is best known for helping lead the investigation and successful prosecution of the Wichita Airport and the Fort Riley bombers – two domestic terrorists who had plotted to kill hundreds if not thousands of Americans. Working with local sheriffs and police, he helped take 23 members of the violent Norteños gang off the streets in Dodge City, and disarmed convicted felons throughout Western Kansas.
As U.S. Attorney, Barry also worked with law enforcement and civil rights advocates to improve community relations, founded Kansas’s first Human Trafficking Working Group, helped clean up gang activity, oversaw Kansas’s Project Safe Childhood program targeting child sex offenders and led the charge among federal authorities to break up a dogfighting ring responsible for capturing and abusing over 400 pit bulls. Barry knows that we face enormous challenges here in Kansas that are uniquely Kansan, and he’s running for the U.S. Senate to make sure our concerns are heard in Washington.