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Bob Barr papers, Additions

Identifier: POL-0005-21

Scope and Contents note

This portion of Bob Barr papers contains files titled “Speeches 2002-2006 ACLU – Eagle” and campaign materials from 2014. Included are documents from meeting and speeches presented to the ACLU, various political conferences and conventions, universities, and city and county governments. Memorabilia (flyers, stickers, a button, and a campaign sign) from the 11th District campaign (2014) are also included.


  • 2002–2014

Conditions Governing Access note

Open to all users

Biographical/Historical note

Bob Barr represented the Seventh District of Georgia in the United States House of Representatives for four terms between January 1995 and January 2003. He served in the 104th – 107th congresses. During his tenure, he was a senior member of the Judiciary Committee, vice chairman of the Government Reform Committee, and member of the Committees on Financial Services and Veterans Affairs.

Born in Iowa on November 5, 1948, Barr grew up in various locations around the world due to his father's career as a civil engineer. He attended the University of Southern California as an undergraduate, and earned a master's degree in international relations at George Washington University in 1972. He attended law school at Georgetown University, earning his J.D. in 1977.

Barr served in the CIA from 1971-1978 as a Latin American analyst. He then moved to Georgia and became active in Republican politics, chairing the Cobb County Republican Party. In 1986, President Reagan appointed Barr as U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, a post he held until 1990. The congressman served as president of the Southeastern Legal Foundation from 1990 to 1991.

Barr ran unsuccessfully against Paul Coverdell for the U.S. Senate in 1992. In 1994, Barr won the Congressional seat that had been held for several terms by Democrat Buddy Darden. When Barr entered Congress, it was the first time in forty years that Republicans were in the majority. He had a reputation as being the most conservative member of Congress. Barr may be best remembered for his initiative in pursuing an impeachment trial for President Clinton on charges of perjury in regard to the Monica Lewinsky scandal. One of three books he has written – The Meaning of Is – reflects on the Clinton White House and explains his motivations for pursuing impeachment of the president.

In 2002, the Georgia Legislature redistricted the state's Congressional seats, resulting in Barr's district being drawn into Republican John Linder's district. A primary was held that summer in which Barr was soundly defeated. He left office in January 2003.

Since leaving office, Barr has continued to write and speak publicly on civil liberties, especially the right to privacy. He has been a contributor on CNN and writes a regular column for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution as well as maintaining a blog "The Daily Caller."

Soon after leaving Congress, Barr also left the Republican Party. In 2008, Barr was the presidential nominee for the Libertarian Party. Currently, he heads a consulting firm called Liberty Strategies, and practices law with Edwin Marger in Atlanta.


1.68 Linear feet (4 boxes, 1 OV sign)




Meeting information and speeches, a majority of the folders are related to ACLU events and local (counties and cities in west Georgia) political events.

Arrangement note

Materials are arranged alphabetically by file title within 2 series. Organization, as presented by the office of Congressman Bob Barr, is largely preserved. 1.Speeches 2.11th District Campaign, 2014

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Bob Barr, 1 October 2014

Guide to the Bob Barr Papers, Additions POL-0005-21
Finding aid prepared by This section of papers processed by Melissa R. Mecadon-Mann October 2017
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Repository Details

Part of the University of West Georgia Special Collections Repository

Special Collections, Ingram Library
University of West Georgia
1601 Maple Street
Carrollton GA 30118-2000 United States