John Barrow (U.S. politician)

John Jenkins Barrow ( born October 31, 1955 in Athens, Georgia ) is an American politician. Since 2005 he represents the state of Georgia in the U.S. House of Representatives.


John Barrow attended Clarke Central High School and then studied until 1976 at the University of Georgia in Athens Political Science. After a subsequent law degree from Harvard University and his made ​​in 1979 admitted to the bar he began to work in his new profession. Politically, Barrow joined the Democratic Party. In 1990 he was elected to the city council of Athens. This office was then connected to the county council of Clarke County. Between 1990 and 2004 he was a member of this committee.

In the congressional elections of 2004 he was in the twelfth electoral district of Georgia in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Max Burns on January 3, 2005. After the previous three elections, he can exercise his mandate in Congress today. In the 2010 elections, he was charged with 57% of the vote, contrary to the national trend to the detriment of his party, confirmed. He was on 3 January 2011, an additional term in the House of Representatives begin, which will end on January 3, 2013.

John Barrow is a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, and in three of its subcommittees. He is in the 112th Congress deputy leader of the Blue Dog Coalition, an alliance of financial and socio-politically conservative set deputies of the Democratic Party. His voting record in the Congress was not always on the line of his party. So he agreed, among other things, against health care reform the federal government. He is divorced and lives privately since 2006 in Savannah. John Barrow is by his own admission proud member of the lobby of firearms owners and NRA pointed out that he would defend the right to bear arms in the campaign commercial " Nobody".