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Haley Barbour

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Haley Barbour's Biography

Haley Reeves Barbour is a Republican currently serving as the 63rd Governor of Mississippi. Born on October22, 1947, in Mississippi, Barbour is a descendent of the third Governor of Mississippi, Walter Leake. He had graduated from University Of Mississippi School Of Law, and subsequently joined his father’s law firm in Yazoo City. Barbour and his wife, Marsha Dickson, currently reside in the Governor’s Mansion, Mississippi.

Before being elected as Governor, Barbour worked as a lawyer and lobbyist. Barbour has been described as ‘one of Washington’s all time mega lobbyist’. In 1998, Fortune magazine named Barbour Griffith & Rogers (BRG) Group, as the second most powerful lobbying firm in America. BRG was founded by Barbour in 1991.

In 1993, Barbour became the chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC), where he served till 1997. During this tenure, the RNC captured both houses of the United States Congress, taking the House of Representatives for the first time in forty years.

In 2003, Barbour announced his intension to run for Governor of Mississippi.  The same year he won the republican gubernatorial primary over Mitch Tyner. During his 2003 campaign, a controversy arose when Barbour’s picture appeared along with the members of a racist organization called Council of Conservative Citizens (CCC). When Barbour was asked to get his picture removed, he refused, saying that his picture is public domain and that he doesn’t care who has it. However, there are other times also, when he has been criticized over racial issues.

Being a governor, Barbour has extended his support to tackle the economic problems faced by the country. He supports farm subsidies, corporate welfare, and eminent domain. Barbour has been strongly identified as a pro-life activist and has worked to tighten abortion laws in his state. He gained national popularity in August 2005 after Mississippi was hit by Hurricane Katrina. Barbour’s response was characterized by a concerted effort at evacuation, tough minded talk on looters and unwillingness to blame the federal government.  He was praised by the citizens as a strong leader who can communicate calmly and make important decision with clarity during a crisis situation.

 In 2007, he was re-elected as the Governor, but under Mississippi laws he cannot run for Governor again once his term ends. In 2009, Barbour was elected as the new chairman of the Republican Governors Association.

For quite some time, there lies a speculation that Barbour may run for the  Presidential elections in 2012, as  Republican nominee. According to one of his advisers,” When he surveys what most Republicans consider to be a weak field, he sees no reason he couldn't easily beat them .He's a better strategist and fundraiser than any other candidate currently considering running—and just as good on television and in debates”.


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  • Republicans, Jews, the Media and Sheldon Adelson

      News Source: New York Observer | 8 days ago
    This meeting of Jewish Republican activists from around the country was convened at the Venetian Resort, of which RJC board member Sheldon Adelson is the majority shareholder. Judging by the way some in the mainstream media covered the event, you
  • Civil rights summit opens with immigration talk

      News Source: Boston.com | 8 days ago
    Texas (AP) A civil rights summit headlined by four of the five living U.S. presidents began Tuesday in Texas with a top Republican and Democrat expressing common ground on immigration reform and speakers comparing toppled gay marriage bans to racial
  • Cochran runs ads against 'powerful interests'

      News Source: Virginian-Pilot Online | 9 days ago
    Out-of-state groups on Monday continued pouring money into Mississippi's Republican primary, criticizing Sen. Thad Cochran for staying in office too long. The six-term lawmaker responded with his own ads against challenger Chris McDaniel. The new

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  • Jimmy Carter speaking at Civil Rights Summit | Aiken ...

      Blog Source: www.aikenstandard.com | 8 days ago
    Other speakers include former Republican Gov. Haley Barbour, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, rock singer Graham Nash and gospel singer Mavis Staples. The summit seeks to examine the legacy of the law that former President Lyndon B.
  • Civil Rights Still on the Agenda - RHV Global

      Blog Source: www.raisinghealthyvoices.com | 8 days ago
    The article pointed out that there is much mistrust about the museum project in Mississippi: who will look good and who will not in history is on everyone's mind—except, apparently, former governor Haley Barbour. He has said many times that, 
  • Why are Republicans playing the victim on civil rights? | ...

      Blog Source: jasonstanford.org | 8 days ago
    Haley Barbour, who spoke in favor of immigration reform at the Civil Rights Summit. “The media's already said, decided and said, if this [immigration reform] doesn't pass it'll be the Republicans' fault. Most Republicans would not

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