Michael D. Barnes
Former Maryland Congressman Michael D. Barnes "is President of the Brady Center and Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence united with the Million Mom March, the nation's largest national, non-partisan, grassroots organizations working to reduce gun violence, which takes the lives of 30,000 Americans each year. Mr. Barnes assumed this position on March 1, 2000.
"From 1979 to 1987 Mr. Barnes served in the U.S. House of Representatives. During his tenure he chaired the House Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere Affairs, championing human rights and democracy as civil wars raged in Central America. He also led the national fight against drunk driving, helping to start Mothers Against Drunk Driving. He was a member of the Democratic Party's leadership, serving as Assistant Majority Whip. Mr. Barnes served in the United States Marine Corps from 1967 to 1969. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, studied international economics at the Graduate Institute of Higher International Studies in Geneva, Switzerland, and received his J.D. with honors from the George Washington University Law School.
"After his Congressional service, Mr. Barnes continued to involve himself in national and international issues as a senior partner in the law firm of Hogan & Hartson, Washington's largest. He served as the principal international advocate for the successful restoration of democracy in Haiti, and as counsel for the governments of Chile, Cyprus, Mexico, Panama and South Korea. He also served as Chairman of the Center for National Policy, Co-Chairman of the NAFTA Congressional Caucus and Forum, Co-Chairman of the U.S. Committee for the United Nations Development Programme, and Chairman of the U.S.-Panama Business Council."