Roy Barnes

Roy Barnes DEMDemocrat

American politician and 80th Governor of the U.S. State of Georgia

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Roy BarnesDEMDemocrat American politician and 80th Governor of the U.S. State of Georgia
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Years of Age
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Years of Experience
GAResidence (state)

Roy Eugene Barnes (born March 11, 1948) is an American attorney and politician who served as the 80th Governor of the U.S. State of Georgia from 1999 to 2003. As of 2022, he was the most recent Democrat to hold the office of Governor of Georgia.A Democratic member of the Georgia Senate from 1974 to 1990, Barnes ran unsuccessfully for Governor in 1990, losing to Lieutenant Governor Zell Miller in the Democratic primary. Barnes then served in the Georgia House of Representatives from 1992 to 1998. He ran for governor again in 1998, handily winning the primary and general elections. In 2003, Barnes was awarded the Profile in Courage Award by the John F. Kennedy Library for his success while Governor of minimizing the Confederate battle emblem on the Georgia state flag despite the political fallout. It is widely believed that his support of the flag change significantly contributed to his re-election defeat in 2002.After his defeat, he resumed the practice of law and co-chaired the Aspen Institute Commission on No Child Left Behind Act. He returned to politics when he ran for governor again in 2010, losing to Republican Nathan Deal.

Education5 - 5 of 3
South Cobb High School
University of Georgia
University of Georgia School of Law
Past Positions1 - 10 of 10
Governor
State of Georgia
1998 - 2002
Representative
Georgia State House of Representatives
1993 - 1998
Senator
Georgia State Senate
1974 - 1990
Assistant District Attorney
Cobb County
1972 - 1974
Partner
Law Firm of Barnes, Browning, Tanksley, and Casurella
1975 - Current
Bank Director
Georgia State Bank
Co-Founder
Barnes Law Group
Experience
United States Army
Experience
Atlanta Legal Aid
Prosecutor
Office of the District Attorney, Cobb County
Other Experience1 - 8 of 8
Experience
Marietta Kiwanis Club
Experience
Latham Masonic Lodge #12
Experience
Chamber of Commerce
Experience
First United Methodist Church of Marietta
Experience
Scottish Rite
Experience
Kennestone Foundation Committee
Experience
Shrine
Founder
South Cobb Improvement Association