|Title:||Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 069 Marie Barnes|
|Creator||Barnes, Marie Dobbs, 1948-|
|Dates||2009 January 29|
|Repository||Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies|
|Abstract||Marie Dobbs Barnes married Roy Barnes in 1970. In 1974, Roy ran a successful campaign for the Georgia State Senate; Marie was active in this and subsequent campaigns, while also raising their three children. Marie became an active advocate for early childhood education upon her husband's election to governor in 1998. She began the Georgia Early Learning Initiative, which created early childcare learning facilities, and Safe Kids Georgia, which checked the safety of car seats. Barnes discusses how she met her husband, her work on his campaigns, and programs she championed during her tenure as First Lady, including the Georgia Early Learning Initiative and Safe Kids Georgia. She also discusses Gov. Roy Barnes' work with the state flag, transportation, and water conservation.|
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 069, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.
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Marie Dobbs Barnes was born June 13, 1948, in Cobb County. She attended Kennesaw State University and graduated from the University of Georgia in 1969. She married Roy Barnes in 1970. In 1974, Roy ran a successful campaign for the Georgia State Senate; Marie was active in this and subsequent campaigns, while also raising their three children. Roy Barnes was elected governor in 1998, and Marie became an active advocate for early childhood education. She began the Georgia Early Learning Initiative, which created early childcare learning facilities, and Safe Kids Georgia, which checked the safety of car seats. In 2003, following Roy’s unsuccessful bid for a second term, Roy and Marie Barnes returned to Marietta.
Marie Dobbs Barnes discusses growing up in Cherokee County, Georgia, before moving to Cobb County. She recalls attending Kennesaw State University and subsequently the University of Georgia. Barnes explains how she met her husband Roy Barnes and recalls meeting the Barnes family.
Barnes discusses her husband's campaign for State Senate at 1974. She recalls making yard signs and going door to door for her husband. She describes her life while Roy was in session at the Capitol.
Barnes recalls Roy's race for Governor in 1990 and the subsequent run for the Georgia House of Representatives. She goes on to discuss her husband's successful 1998 campaign for Governor and her subsequent work as first lady. She discusses working on the inaugural ball, riding in a motorcade with Zell Miller's wife Shirley, and her interest in early childhood development. Barnes recalls using the Governor's Mansion to host events and tours that promoted the state's interests. She discusses prioritizing her children's activities during her husband's time as Governor.
Barnes discusses her work with the Georgia Early Learning Initiative and her goal of creating learning standards for childcare facilities to promote early childhood education. She also discusses the importance of education for children from low income families. Barnes describes her work with other first ladies to keep Georgia children alcohol free and her leadership in Safe Kids Georgia. She also recalls her work with women's health issues.
Barnes recalls her husband's dedication to promote education in Georgia during his term as Governor. She also discusses Roy's work with the state flag, transportation, and water conservation. Barnes discusses her husband's 2002 campaign for re-election, specifically negative advertising. She also discusses her children and grandchildren.