Interview with Bob Barr, October 3, 2017

Collection: Two-Party Georgia Oral History Project

Dublin Core


Bob Barr grew up in California. He graduated from Georgetown Law School in 1977 and worked for the CIA from 1971-1978. He moved to Georgia to pursue a law practice and became involved in Republican party politics in Cobb County in the 1980s, where he eventually served as Cobb County Party Chairman. He was appointed as U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia in 1986 and left that position in 1990 to serve as president of the Southeastern Legal Foundation. Barr competed in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate in 1992 against Paul Coverdell and John Knox. In 1994, he won the seat for the 7th District of the U.S. House of Representatives. Over time, Barr became interested in Libertarian politics and won the Libertarian Party's presidential nomination in 2008.






Oral History Item Type Metadata


Atlanta, Georgia


103 minutes


Bob Barr and Ashton Ellett, “Interview with Bob Barr, October 3, 2017,” UGA Special Collections Libraries Oral Histories, accessed September 18, 2020,