with our special guests
Governor Haley Barbour
- Former Governor of Mississippi
Founding Partner, BGR Group
Join the John Locke Foundation as we host former Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour, who will offer personal reflections on the devastating impact of Hurricane Katrina on his beloved state and the long and difficult recovery process from a natural disaster of epic proportions.
It’s a story detailed in Barbour's new book America's Great Storm: Leading Through Hurricane Katrina, written with Jere Nash.
You’ll hear Barbour’s behind the-scenes-description of efforts to get people back to work, to get children back in school, and the role volunteers played in rebuilding housing and transportation. He will also discuss leadership skills and the strategies he employed on behalf of the people of his state.
Haley Barbour served two terms as Governor of Mississippi, from 2004 to 2012. He began his political career in 1968, dropping out of college to work on Richard Nixon's presidential campaign. In 1976, after supporting Ronald Reagan for the GOP nomination, he ran Gerald Ford's fall campaign in the Southeast. He later served as Political Director of the Reagan White House. From 1993 to 1997, Barbour served as Chairman of the Republican National Committee, managing the 1994 Republican surge that led to GOP control of both houses of Congress for the first time in 40 years.
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