Interview with Roy Barnes, November 6, 2017

Collection: Two-Party Georgia Oral History Project

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Roy Barnes grew up in rural Cobb County, Georgia in the 1950s-1960s. Barnes grew up in a Republican family but became affiliated with the Democratic Party. He graduated from the University of Georgia Law School in 1972, after which he moved back to Cobb County to work as an Assistant District Attorney. In 1974, Barnes was elected to the Georgia Senate. In 1990, Barnes ran an unsuccessful campaign for governor of Georgia, losing to Lieutenant Governor Zell Miller in the Democratic primary. From 1992 to 1998, Barnes served in the Georgia House of Representatives, and then ran for governor again, this time successfully. He served one term as governor from 1999-2003, during which time, he oversaw the push for changing the Confederate symbolism on the Georgia state flag. Following his unsuccessful bid for reelection, Barnes returned to his legal career at the Barnes Law Group in Marietta, Georgia.






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68 minutes


Roy Barnes and Ashton Ellett, “Interview with Roy Barnes, November 6, 2017,” UGA Special Collections Libraries Oral Histories, accessed December 7, 2022,