Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The University of West Georgia hosted a reception on May 15 to mark the opening of former U.S. Congressman Bob Barr’s Congressional Papers at UWG’s Ingram Library. The reception was from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. in the Thomas B. Murphy Reading Room.
Dr. Beheruz N. Sethna, president of UWG, opened the reception by welcoming Barr and thanking him for enabling this day to happen. “We will make sure that [the papers] are used for scholarly research for a long time to come,” he said.
Dr. Daniel Williams, associate professor of history at UWG, then presented a brief discussion on the conservative Congress of the 1990s as context for Barr’s collection. Barr served four terms from 1995 to 2003 representing the 7th District. During his tenure, he was a senior member of the Judiciary Committee, vice chair of the Government Reform Committee, and a member of the Committees on Financial Services and Veterans Affairs. One of his lasting legacies came from his activities on the Judiciary Committee in developing a case against President Bill Clinton for impeachable offenses.
“The 104th Congress that was elected in 1994 was one of the most politically influential, legislatively active Congresses in recent American history,” Williams said. “This was the first mid-term election in American history in which the Republican congressional candidates ran on a united, national platform.”
Barr was the last to speak at the reception. He first made sure to thank those who contributed to the release of his papers.
“It is also an honor for me to have the University of West Georgia as the repository for that part of the work that we were able to accomplish during the years that I served in the Congress,” he said. “I really do look forward to continuing what has been a tremendously important and very enjoyable relationship with the University of West Georgia.”
Barr recently has announced his intention to run for the Congressional seat vacated by Dr. Phil Gingrey this year. Barr donated his Congressional Papers to the Annie Belle Weaver Special Collections in 2010. For more information on this and other displays at Ingram Library, please visit www.westga.edu/library/.