Because of redistricting due to the census, Assemblyman Barra became the Assembly member from the newly formed 14th Assembly district. Barra received a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication and journalism from Hofstra University in 1982. He has worked for the Nassau County Department of Commerce, the North Hempstead Town Board, the Nassau Board of Elections, former congressman David A. Levy, and the Nassau Republican Party.
He was an aide to state senator Dean Skelos at three different times between 1996 and 1999.
From 1991 until 1997, Barra served on the Lynbrook Village Board of Trustees. In 1999 he was appointed to the Hempstead Town Board.
He stepped down from the Assembly at the end of 2010.
Barra became a member of the New York State Assembly in January 2001.