Haley Barbour : biography
Haley Reeves Barbour (born October 22, 1947) is an American Republican politician who served as the 62nd Governor of Mississippi, from 2004 to 2012. He was given a national spotlight in August 2005 when Mississippi was hit by Hurricane Katrina.
He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.http://www.cfr.org/about/membership/roster.html?letter=B
Awards and honors
In 2009, Barbour was awarded the Honorary Patronage of the University Philosophical Society, Trinity College, Dublin. The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency headquarters building in Pearl, MS was named in his honor on January 5, 2012.
On October 18, 2012, The Center for Manufacturing Excellence (CME) at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Mississippi was named in his honor.
Barbour has been described as "one of Washington's all-time mega-lobbyists."Barr, Andy (2011-02-13) , Politico He "was a wealthy K Street lobbyist for giant corporations such as RJ Reynolds, Philip Morris, Amgen, Microsoft, United Health, Southern Company, and many others."Carney, Timothy (2011-02-22) , Washington Examiner In 1991, Barbour helped found the lobbying group now known as BGR Group, a Washington, D.C.-based lobbying firm, with Ed Rogers, a lawyer who formerly worked in the George H. W. Bush administration. In 1994, Lanny Griffith (also a former Bush administration appointee) joined the firm.
In 1998, Fortune magazine named Barbour Griffith & Rogers as the second-most-powerful lobbying firm in America. In 2001, after the inauguration of George W. Bush, Fortune named it the most powerful.] magazine naming Barbour, Griffith & Rogers most powerful lobbying firm in America] The firm "is employed by several foreign countries, as well as oil and cigarette companies." Its role in advocating on behalf of the tobacco industry has been particularly prominent. BGR also "lobbied on behalf of the Embassy of Mexico in 2001 to promote a bill related to Section 245(i) of the Immigration and Nationality Act. This provision would have provided a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants in the United States, through family connections or job skills, without a requirement that they return to their home country for the requisite 3-10 years. This is what's often referred to as 'amnesty.'"Rayfield, Jillian (2011-02-14) , Talking Points Memo "As part of that work, Barbour's firm arranged meetings and briefings with 'Senators, members of Congress and their staffs, as well as Executive Branch Officials in the White House, National Security Council, State Department, and Immigration & Naturalization Service'. Barbour's firm charged Mexico $35,000 a month, plus expenses."Scherer, Michael (2011-02-14) , Time
As of 2010, the firm remains one of DC's top 25, but has seen revenues drop both in 2009 and in 2010. Barbour continues to "collect payments from BGR through a blind trust, which was recently valued at $3.3 million."
Barbour maintained a positive approval rating in his state during periods when he was Governor. A July 2010 Rasmussen Reports poll found that Barbour had a 70% approval rating in Mississippi. During a private Crossroads fundraiser in Tampa, Barbour made a mistake in using slavery imagery to describe a political attack on President Obama's record that he hoped Governor Christie of New Jersey would deliver during a 2012 Republican National Convention keynote address. He promptly publicly apologized after he was criticized by bloggers GawkerGawker.com http://gawker.com/5940335/miss-governor-hits-perfect-intersection-of-racism-homoeroticism and Josh Marshall who called the remarks racist. Bloomberg BusinessweekKolhathar, Sheelah (04 September 2012). "Exclusive: How Karl Rove's SuperPAC Plays the Senate". Businessweek.com Retrieved 8 September 2012. http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-09-04/exclusive-how-karl-roves-super-pac-plays-the-senate#p1 reported that Governor Barbour had remarked, “I would love for Christie to put a hot poker to Obama’s butt...”Robillard, Kevin (4 September 2012). "Haley Barbour apologizes for Obama remark". Politico. Retrieved 8 September 2012.http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0912/80642.html
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