ATLANTA — Former U.S. Rep. Bob Barr announced Thursday that he will be a Republican candidate for Congress, emphasizing his conservative beliefs and experience in Washington.
A former federal prosecutor, Barr was the first lawmaker to call for President Clinton’s resignation over the Monica Lewinsky scandal and was one of the House prosecutors who pressed the impeachment case in the Senate.
Barr made his announcement during an event at Adventure Outdoors, a large outdoor sporting goods and firearms store in Smyrna, just outside of Atlanta. He will be seeking the GOP nomination for the 11th Congressional District. Republican Rep. Phil Gingrey, R-Marietta, announced he will be running for U.S. Senate, not defending the House seat.
Barr pointed to his eight years representing Georgia in Congress and his work to help pass a balanced budget in 1997.
“At a time when this president has led America to the brink of a fiscal abyss with annual, trillion-dollar deficits, and crisis upon crisis abroad is met by indecision and error, the people of the 11th District of Georgia cannot afford to send a novice to Washington to represent them,” Barr said.
Barr was a leading supporter of the Defense of Marriage Act, which Clinton signed over the objections of many Democrats. That measure said that under federal law, marriage could refer only to the relationship between a man and a woman, and is being taken up in the U.S. Supreme Court.
The 11th Congressional District is one of at least two open congressional races next year in Georgia created when Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss announced this year that he planned to retire at the end of his term.
Gingrey and Rep. Paul Broun, R-Athens, have both announced Senate bids.