|Name||John J. Barrow|
Augusta, Georgia , United States
|| October 31, 1955
Mar 12, 2013 08:46pm
|Info||John Barrow’s Georgia roots run deep. For over seven generations, John's family has farmed, taught, preached, and practiced law all across eastern and southeastern Georgia. |
John grew up learning the importance of serving his community and standing up for what's right. John's father, James Barrow, was a decorated World War II veteran, and his mother, Phyllis Barrow, also served in the armed forces during World War II, attaining the rank of Captain. Both were courageous and outspoken leaders in the effort to desegregate the University of Georgia.
After earning a degree in political science and history from the University of Georgia, John went on to become one of the youngest members of his class at Harvard Law School.
Since being elected to Congress in 2004, John has proven to be an independent and effective representative for the people of Georgia’s 12th District:
-Leading efforts to help crack down on businesses or individuals that deliberately inflate the cost of energy, gasoline, and natural gas;
-Opposing misguided plans to privatize Social Security or cut Medicare funding;
-Voting to authorize more than $28 billion in funding for new Border Security agents, additional Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, and increased resources for the nation's border patrol and national security operations.
-Demanding greater national security oversight in the wake of recent efforts to sell off parts of the nation’s military industrial complex to foreign investors;
-Fighting for an increase in the federal minimum wage; and
-Voting for full funding of the War on Terror in Iraq and Afghanistan, and repeatedly opposing an immediate troop withdrawal or an arbitrary timeline for withdrawal from Iraq.
A leader who listens, John Barrow has hosted dozens of town hall meetings and public forums across Georgia’s 12th District during the last year and a half, discussing important issues like Social Security, Emergency Preparedness, the new Medicare Prescription Drug Plan, Veterans Affairs, and Agriculture.
As a member of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, John has successfully secured close to $40 million dollars in new funding for transportation projects all across the 12th District.
In addition to the Transportation Committee, John also serves on the Committee on Agriculture and the Committee on Small Business, and he’s the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Rural Enterprise, Agriculture, and Technology – a rare honor for a freshman Member of Congress.
John lives in Savannah and is the father of two children, James and Ruth.