Georgia: Ex-Rep. Bob Barr Mounts Congressional Comeback

March 29, 2013

Former Georgia Rep. Bob Barr will run for Congress again in a district that overlaps part of his area he used to represent.

The Republican scheduled a news conference for Thursday morning at an outdoors store in Smyrna, Ga., to officially enter the race for the 11th District seat being vacated by GOP Rep. Phil Gingrey, who is running for Senate.

In an interview Wednesday, Barr said he already has a campaign team in place and is excited to return to Capitol Hill after more than 10 years to again work to limit “the power and scope of government.” He cited balancing the budget, changing welfare and cutting taxes as the highlights of his tenure in Congress.

“There’s an awful lot that needs to be done, and if I can help that in some small way, I intend to do that,” Barr said.

He said he has “spoken with a number of folks” on Capitol Hill about his campaign, and intends to reach out to House leadership about retaining his seniority should he be re-elected — a possibility he’ll likely bring up on the campaign trail.

Barr, who was first elected in 1994, lost a member-vs.-member race in 2002 to fellow Republican John Linder. Barr considered running last cycle against freshman GOP Rep. Tom Graves, who succeeded Linder. He opted against it, and is now running in the district in which he lives.

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