|62nd Governor of Mississippi|
From: January 13, 2004 – January 10, 2012
|56th Chairman of Republican National Committee|
From: January 29, 1993 – January 17, 1997
Haley Barbour (born October 22, 1947) is the Republican former governor of his native Mississippi. His effective handling of Hurricane Katrina's effects on his state was widely praised, in contrast with the disastrous recovery effort in neighboring Louisiana. After heading the Republican National Committee from 1993–1997, during which the GOP captured both houses of Congress, Barbour succeeded Mark Sanford of South Carolina as the leader of the Republican Governors Association in 2009. Term-limited as governor, Barbour has been the subject of speculation about a run for national office, and was expected by some to seek the Republican nomination for president in 2012. Prior to his election as governor, he headed Barbour Griffith and Rogers, one of the nation's top lobbying firms. He served as Director of the White House Office of Political Affairs under President Ronald Reagan.
He is the second Mississippi Republican governor, the first having been Kirk Fordice, who served for eight years from 1991 to 2000.