The Honorable Roy Barnes
The Cobb County, Georgia resident won a seat in the state Senate two years after finishing law school. He was elected to the Senate eight times and later served in the state’s House of Representatives. After becoming Georgia’s 80th governor in 1999, Gov. Roy Barnes focused on lowering class size, raising standards by requiring accountability, and passing legislation requiring more discipline in the classroom. After leaving the Governor’s office in 2003, Barnes spent six months at Atlanta Legal Aid as a full-time volunteer. He earned his undergraduate and law degrees at the University of Georgia. He now practices law in Marietta, Georgia. Barnes serves as the chair of the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards and chair of the Institute of Education Leadership.