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The Morris W. H. (Bill) Collins Speaker Series

Photo of Haley Barbour

March 23, 2001     Video

From 1993 to January 1997 Haley Barbour served two terms as Chairman of the Republican National Committee. In November 1994, under Mr. Barbour's chairmanship, Republicans won the greatest midterm majority sweep of the twentieth century, winning GOP control of both houses of Congress for the first time in forty years. In 1996, Republicans maintained their majorities in both the House and Senate, winning control of Congress in back-to-back elections for the first time in 68 years.

In 1997 Barbour rejoined the firm of Barbour Griffith & Rogers, with offices in Mississippi and Washington, DC. Mr. Barbour had taken a hiatus from his law practice in 1985 to serve Ronald Reagan for two years as Director of the White House Office of Political Affairs.

In 2000 Barbour chaired the Bush for President Washington, DC Campaign Advisory Committee. He was one of ten members of Governor Bush's National Presidential Exploratory Committee in 1999.

Mr. Barbour's leadership extends into international affairs as well. He serves as Vice Chairman of the International Democrat Union (IDU), the organization founded by President Reagan and Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, which unites center-right, free-enterprise, democratic parties around the world.

In addition to his role with the IDU, Mr. Barbour is Chairman of the Union for Freedom and Democracy in the Americas (ADU). ADU, which is the regional organization of IDU in the Western Hemisphere, was founded in 1996 and coordinates greater cooperation among conservative, free-market, democratic political parties in the region.

A seventh-generation Mississippian, Barbour was the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate in 1982; he lost to the 35-year incumbent, Senator John Stennis. He served as Republican National Committeeman for Mississippi from 1984 until 1998.

Currently, Mr. Barbour serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Barbour Griffith & Rogers, a division of Golin-Harris, and a member of the Interpublic Group of Companies (IPG), a New York Stock Exchange holding company.

Mr. Barbour, 52, also is the Chairman of Policy Impact Communications, a Washington, DC-based public relations firm specializing in communications that affect public policy issues.

Additionally, Mr. Barbour is a member of the Board of Directors of Mississippi Chemical Corporation, a leading fertilizer manufacturer. From 1989 to 1993, Mr. Barbour served as a Director of Amtrak. Barbour received his law degree from the University of Mississippi in 1973. He and his wife, Marsha, have two sons and live in Yazoo City, Mississippi. He is a deacon in the First Presbyterian Church of Yazoo City, where he has also taught Sunday School.