|Title:||Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 032 Doug Barnard|
|Creator||Barnard, Druie Douglas, 1922-|
|Dates||2008 May 28|
|Repository||Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies|
|Abstract||Doug Barnard discusses his early life and his career in banking and in Georgia and national politics. Barnard worked for the Georgia Railroad Bank and chaired the Democratic Executive Committee before becoming Governor Carl Sanders’ executive secretary during his term of office. He then worked on the State Highway Board from 1966 to 1976. In 1977, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and served on the Banking Committee where he pushed for improvements to the Internal Revenue Service and promoted the repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act.|
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 032, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.
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Druie Douglas “Doug” Barnard, Jr., was born in Augusta, Georgia, on March 20, 1922. He attended Augusta College, and graduated from Mercer University. Barnard served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He returned and received his law degree from the Walter F. George School of Law, Mercer University, in 1948. Upon graduation, he worked in the banking business until 1962. At the request of his friend, Carl Sanders, he ran for and won the chairmanship of the Democratic Executive Committee. In 1963, he left the banking business to become Governor Sanders’ executive secretary. In 1966, he returned to work with the Georgia Railroad Bank, and Governor Sanders appointed him a board member of the Georgia State Department of Transportation. In 1977, he ran a successful campaign for the United States House of Representatives. There, he served on the Banking Committee, and promoted the Safe Banking Bill and the repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act. He also served as chair of the Commerce, Consumer and Monetary Affairs Subcommittee of Government Ops, and initiated changes in the Internal Revenue Service. He retired from politics in 1993. Barnard then became chairman emeritus of MCG Health, Inc., and became involved in the Wounded Warrior project, which provides assistance to those injured in active military duty.
In this interview, Barnard discusses his early life and his career in banking and in Georgia and national politics. He addresses his work in the banking industry, his chairmanship of the Democratic Executive Committee, and his friendship with and support of Governor Carl Sanders (1963-1967). Barnard served as Sanders’ executive secretary during his term as governor, and was later appointed to the State Highway Board, where he served from 1966 to 1976. He elaborates on Sanders’ priorities as governor, particularly his support for higher education and businesses. He also discusses the influence of Roy Harris and the Augusta-based Cracker Party on Georgia politics, as well as the role of the county unit system and its subsequent termination on elections in the state. Barnard provides insight to the bitter race between Sanders and Jimmy Carter as they sought the governor’s seat in 1970. Furthermore, he describes his work as a U.S. Representative and his service on the Banking Committee where he helped resolve organizational problems affecting the Internal Revenue Service and promoted the repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act.