Potential 2012 Candidate for President of the United States
Haley Reeves Barbour (born October 22, 1947) is an American politician currently serving as the Governor of Mississippi. He gained a national
spotlight in August 2005 after Mississippi was hit by Hurricane Katrina, and won re-election as Governor in 2007. Under Mississippi's term
limits, Barbour cannot run again for Governor in 2011 when his term ends.
Before being elected Governor, Barbour worked as a lawyer and lobbyist and was an unsuccessful candidate for the US Senate. He also served as
Chairman of the Republican National Committee from 1993 to 1997, however, and during that time the Republicans captured both the US Senate and
US House of Representatives for the first time since 1954. On June 24, 2009, Barbour was elected the new Chairman of the Republican Governors
Association, following the resignation of South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford as its leader.