John Barrow

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John Barrow
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U.S. House, Georgia, District 12
In office
January 3, 2005-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 10
PredecessorMax Burns (R)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$11,470,028
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Athens-Clarke City-County Commissioner
Bachelor'sUniversity of Georgia
J.D.Harvard University
Date of birthOctober 31, 1955
Place of birthAthens, Georgia
Net worth$3,783,002
Office website
Campaign website
John Jenkins Barrow (b. October 31, 1955) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Barrow was elected by voters from Georgia's 12th congressional district. He was re-elected in November 2012.[1]

According to a March 2012 article in Roll Call, Barrow was considered one of the top 10 most vulnerable incumbents.[2]


Barrow was born in Athens, Georgia. He earned degrees in political science and history from the University of Georgia in 1976. Later, at only 20 years old, he became one of the youngest members of his class at Harvard Law School, from which he earned his J.D. in 1979.[3]


Committee assignments

U.S. House


Barrow serves on the following committees:[4]

  • Energy and Commerce Committee
    • Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade
    • Subcommittee on Energy and Power
    • Subcommittee on Environment and Economy
    • Subcommittee on Health


Barrow served on the following committees:[5]


Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Barrow voted against the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was one of 16 Democrats that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[6]

King Amendment

Yea3.png In June 2013, the House approved an amendment to the Department of Homeland Security spending bill that would end the department's discretion policies by cutting off funding for the proposed DREAM Act, which would have temporarily halted the deportations of young immigrants if they had served in the military or were attending college. This vote overturned an executive order signed by President Obama that formalized a process for the "Dreamers" to remain in the U.S.[7][8][9]

The amendment, offered by Rep. Steve King (R) of Iowa, passed the House by a vote of 224-201 and was approved mostly along party lines. However, three Democrats supported the amendment and six Republicans opposed it, while nine members did not vote.[9]Barrow was one of the three Democratic members who voted in favor of the amendment.[8]

The amendment would effectively demand the government force out "Dreamers" who came to the U.S. as children.[9] It contrasted with comprehensive immigration reform efforts, including proposed DREAM Act style legislation, and would resume the deportation of hundreds of thousands of immigrants brought illegally to the United States as children.[10] The amendment was the first immigration-related vote in either chamber of Congress in 2013, and it blocked many of the provisions that were mirrored in the Senate’s Gang of Eight bill.[11][9]

Voting Record

Frequency of Voting with Democratic Leadership

According to a July 2010 analysis of 1,357 votes cast from January 1, 2009 to June 16, 2010, Barrow has voted with the House Democratic leadership 93.5% of the time.[12] That same analysis reported that he also voted with party leadership 95.5% of the time in 2010.

Washington Post Analysis

A separate analysis from The Washington Post, concludes that Barrow is a reliable Democratic vote, voting 94.0% of the time with the majority of other Democrats in the House of Representatives.[13]

Specific Votes

Barrow supported the auto bailout.[14] As of September 13, 2010: 56% of Americans disapproved of the auto bailout, while 43% supported it.[15]

In addition, Barrow voted for the stimulus bill.[16] 57% of U.S. voters believe that the stimulus has either hurt the economy (36%) or had no impact (21%). 38% believe the stimulus helped the economy. [17]

Barrow also voted in favor of the "Cash for Clunkers" bill.[18] According to a June 2009 Rasmussen Reports poll, 54% of likely U.S. voters opposed Cash for Clunkers, while 35% supported it.[19]



See also: United States House of Representatives elections in Georgia, 2014 and Georgia gubernatorial election, 2014

The National Republican Congressional Committee listed Barrow's seat as one of seven early targets in the 2014 congressional elections.[20] The seven targets align perfectly with the seven most Republican districts currently held by Democrats, according to FairVote's partisanship index. Barrow's district ranks as the 4th most Republican (41% D).[21]

Barrow is considered a potential Democratic candidate in the 2014 election for Governor of Georgia.[22]

Barrow is a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Frontline Program. The program is designed to help protect vulnerable Democratic incumbents heading into the 2014 election.[23]


See also: Georgia's 12th congressional district elections, 2012

Barrow ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Georgia's 12th District. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary. He defeated Lee Anderson (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[24] Barrow was considered one the vulnerable incumbents.[25]

U.S. House, Georgia District 12 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Barrow Incumbent 53.7% 139,148
     Republican Lee Anderson 46.3% 119,973
Total Votes 259,121
Source: Georgia Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Full history

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Barrow is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Barrow raised a total of $11,470,028 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 5, 2013.[30]

John Barrow's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Georgia, District 12) Won $2,876,917
2010 U.S. House (Georgia, District 12) Won $1,951,721
2008 U.S. House (Georgia, District 12) Won $2,299,743
2006 U.S. House (Georgia, District 12) Won $2,489,080
2004 U.S. House (Georgia, District 12) Won $1,852,567
Grand Total Raised $11,470,028


Breakdown of the source of Barrow's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Barrow won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Barrow's campaign committee raised a total of $2,876,917 and spent $2,880,362.[31]


Breakdown of the source of Barrows's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Barrow won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Barrow's campaign committee raised a total of $1,951,721 and spent $1,905,568 .[32]


Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Barrow is a "centrist Democrat," as of June 14, 2013.[33]

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Barrow missed 86 of 6,440 roll call votes from Jan 2005 to Mar 2013. This amounts to 1.3%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[34]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Barrow paid his congressional staff a total of $919,591 in 2011. He ranks 33nd on the list of the lowest paid Democratic Representative Staff Salaries and he ranks 164th overall of the lowest paid Representative Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, Georgia ranks 24th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[35]

Staff bonuses

According to an analysis by CNN, Barrow was one of nearly 25 percent of House members who gave their staff bonuses in 2012. Barrow's staff was given an apparent $29,094.44 in bonus money.[36]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - The Center for Responsive Politics, Barrow's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $1,515,004 and $6,051,000. That averages to $3,783,002, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2011 of $5,107,874. His average net worth increased by 0.67% from 2010.[37]


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - The Center for Responsive Politics, Barrow's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $1,501,003 and $6,015,000. That averages to $3,758,001.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.[38]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings


Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Barrow ranked 187th in the liberal rankings in 2012.[39]


Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Barrow ranked 183rd in the liberal rankings.[40]

Voting with party


John Barrow voted with the Democratic Party 80.1 of the time, which ranked 197 among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[41]

Recent news

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Barrow is the father of two children, James and Ruth, and lives in Savannah.[3]

External links


  1. Savannah Morning News "Congressman John Barrow discloses prostate cancer" Accessed December 4, 2011
  2. Roll Call "Top 10 Vulnerable: Targets on Their Backs," March 16, 2012
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Congressman John Barrow Representing Georgia's 12th Congressional District "John Barrow" Accessed October 27, 2011
  4., "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  5. 5.0 5.1 Congressman John Barrow Representing Georgia's 12th Congressional District "John's Committees and Subcommittees Assignments" Accessed October 27, 2011
  6. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  7. LA Times, "GOP rejects Dream Act-like deportation deferrals," accessed June 10, 2013
  8. 8.0 8.1 U.S. House, "Final Vote Results," accessed June 10, 2013
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Huffington Post, "Steve King Amendment passes House to deport more dreamers," accessed June 10, 2013
  10. Fox News, "House votes to resume deporting young DREAM Act immigrants," accessed June 10, 2013
  11. Huffington Post, "Steve King's Amendment to the Immigration Bill worsens the GOP's Latino problem," accessed June 10, 2013
  12. A Line of Sight "2010 House Dem Voting Report"
  13. Washington Post "U.S. Congress Votes Database, 111th Congress"
  14. US House Clerk "Roll Call 690" December 10, 2008
  15. Gallup "Among Recent Bills, Financial Reform a Lone Plus for Congress," September 13, 2010
  16. US House Clerk "Roll Call 46," January 28, 2009
  17. Rasmussen "38% Say Stimulus Plan Helped Economy, 36% Say It Hurt," August 24, 2010
  18. US House Clerk "Roll Call 314," June 9, 2009
  19. Rasmussen "54% Oppose “Cash for Clunkers” Plan To Spur Purchase of Greener Cars," June 23, 2009
  20. The Hill, "NRCC, promising to 'stay on offense,' targets seven Dems," January 16, 2013
  21. FairVote "NRCC Targets Foreshadow Power of Partisanship in 2014 Elections," January 18, 2013
  22. Public Policy Polling, "Georgia Miscellany," December 7, 2012
  23. Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, "DCCC Chairman Steve Israel Announces 2013-2014 Frontline Members," March 5, 2013
  24. Georgia Secretary of State "2012 Primary Results"
  25. New York Times"House Race Ratings" Accessed October 3
  26. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  27. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  28. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  29. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  30. Open Secrets "John Barrow" Accessed April 5, 2013
  31. Open Secrets "John Barrow 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 20, 2013
  32. Open Secrets "John Barrow 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed October 27, 2011
  33. Gov Track "Barrow" Accessed June 14, 2013
  34. GovTrack, "John Barrow," Accessed April 1, 2013
  35. LegiStorm "John Barrow"
  36. CNN Politics, "Congressional bonuses in a time of cuts," accessed March 8, 2013
  37., "Barrow (D-GA), 2011"
  38., "Barrow, (D-Georgia), 2010"
  39. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 27, 2013
  40. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  41. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Max Burns
U.S. House of Representatives - Georgia, District 12
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Athens-Clarke City-County Commissioner
Succeeded by