|Title:||Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 008 Roy Barnes|
|Creator||Barnes, Roy E. (Roy Eugene), 1948-|
|Dates||2006 November 16|
|Repository||Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies|
|Abstract||Roy Barnes was elected to the Georgia State Senate in 1974, serving for eight years. In 1990 he made his first run for governor, but lost to Zell Miller. From 1992 to 1998 he served in the Georgia House of Representatives, followed by a successful run for governor against Guy Millner. In this interview, Barnes talks about growing up in Cobb County, Georgia, his political career, and his term as governor from 1999 to 2003.|
Reflections on Georgia Politics began in the fall of 2006 at Young Harris College, as a lecture and discussion program hosted by Georgia political veteran Bob Short. In late 2007, the Richard B. Russell Library began producing the program as an oral history video series to further illuminate and personalize the tectonic shifts that occurred in Georgia politics in the late twentieth century.
Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 008, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.
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Roy Eugene Barnes was born in Mableton, Georgia on March 11, 1948. His first exposure to politics was through listening to political conversations and stories in his father's general store. He received a history degree from the University of Georgia, and graduated from the University of Georgia Law School in 1972. After passing the bar, Barnes returned to Cobb County to work in the office of the district attorney. In 1974, he was elected to the Georgia State Senate as a Democrat, and served for eight years. In 1990, he ran his first campaign for Georgia governor, but lost to Zell Miller. In 1992, he was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives. He served there until 1998, when he ran a successful campaign for governor against Guy Millner. His time as governor contained both extensive reform and heated controversy, and with the rising Republican tide in Georgia, Barnes lost the 2002 reelection to Republican Sonny Perdue. Upon leaving office, Barnes joined a legal aid group for consulting and legal defense and founded Barnes Law Group. Barnes ran in the 2010 Georgia gubernatorial election but lost to Nathan Deal.
Barnes talks about growing up in Cobb County, Georgia, his political career, and his terms as governor from 1999 to 2003. He covers topics such as the decision to change the Georgia state flag, appointing Zell Miller to the U.S. Senate, reapportionment, voter ID laws, immigration reform, water resource management, race relations, and the state of the Democratic Party in Georgia.