Interview with Marie Barnes, January 29, 2009

Collection: Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection

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Marie Dobbs Barnes married Roy Barnes in 1970. In 1974, Roy ran a successful campaign for the Georgia State Senate; Marie was active in this and subsequent campaigns, while also raising their three children. Marie became an active advocate for early childhood education upon her husband's election to governor in 1998. She began the Georgia Early Learning Initiative, which created early childcare learning facilities, and Safe Kids Georgia, which checked the safety of car seats. Barnes discusses how she met her husband, her work on his campaigns, and programs she championed during her tenure as First Lady, including the Georgia Early Learning Initiative and Safe Kids Georgia. She also discusses Gov. Roy Barnes' work with the state flag, transportation, and water conservation.






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Marie Barnes and Bob Short, “Interview with Marie Barnes, January 29, 2009,” UGA Special Collections Libraries Oral Histories, accessed July 25, 2024,