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This Day in Georgia History

November 05, 1948

Bob Barr Born

To hear an oral history interview with Bob Barr, see the Digital Library of Georgia.

Former Georgia Congressman Bob Barr was born in Iowa City, Iowa. He obtained an undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California (1970), an M.A. from George Washington University (1972), and a J.D. from Georgetown (1977). Working as a CIA analyst (1971-78), Barr moved to Georgia in 1978 to practice law. In 1978, he became U.S. attorney for the North Georgia federal district. In 1992, Barr ran for the U.S. Senate in the Republican primary, but lost to Paul Coverdell. Two years later, he challenged Democratic incumbent Buddy Darden in the 7th congressional district and won. In 1996, he won reelection in the race against Democratic challenger Charlie Watts. In 2008, Barr unsuccessfully ran for President as nominee of the Libertarian Party.