Last updated on: 11/2/2015 | Author: ProCon.org

Bob Barr, JD Biography

Title:
Lobbyist for the Marijuana Policy Project
Position:
Pro to the question "Is the ACLU Good for America?"
Reasoning:

“I had always known them [the ACLU] to be a very, very consistent advocate for civil liberties, but we disagreed on so many issues that I never really sought them out in terms of an ally. But shortly after I came up to the Congress, I realized — and I think they realized the same thing — that the size of government and the expansiveness of government power were creating a smaller sphere of personal liberty and personal privacy, and that we needed to find allies in this fight, and work together on those issues in which we agree and agree to disagree on the other issues.”

Reason Online interview, Dec. 2003

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Individuals with PhDs and JDs or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to the ACLU. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to the ACLU.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Lobbyist, Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), 2007-present
  • Of Counsel, Law Offices of Edwin Marger (Jasper, Georgia)
  • President and CEO, Liberty Strategies, LLC
  • Member, US House of Representatives, 7th District, Georgia, 1995 – 2003
  • Former Chairman, Judiciary Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law
  • Former Vice Chairman, full Government Reform Committee
  • Former Member of the Speaker’s Task Force for a Drug-Free America
  • Private Practice of Law, Georgia, 1991-1994
  • President, Southeastern Legal Foundation, 1990-1991
  • Anti-Drug Coordinator, US Dept. of Justice, South Eastern United States, 1986-1991
  • United States Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, 1986-1990
  • Official, US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), 1971-1978
  • Board Member, National Rifle Association
  • Consultant on privacy issues, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
Education:
  • JD, Georgetown University Law Center, 1977
  • MA, George Washington University, 1972
  • BA, University of Southern California (USC), 1970
  • HS, Community High School, Tehran, Iran, 1966
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Is the ACLU Good for America?
  2. Should the US Constitution Be Amended to Prohibit Same-Sex Marriage?
  3. Does the PATRIOT Act Allow the Government to Conduct Secret Searches and Access Records of Individuals Held by Third Parties, without Providing Sufficient Judicial Overview?