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Former GA-12 Congressman John Barrow to Teach at UGA

Wednesday, former Congressman from Georgia’s 12th Congressional district, John Barrow, announced he will soon be contributing to the curriculum at the University of Georgia.

The announcement came via email to supporters and squashed any speculation that Barrow would again run for Congress, or for the democrat nomination of the U.S. Senate seat facing Republican Johnny Isakson next November.

Barrow will be joining the School of International and Public Affairs and will teach one class this fall and two in Spring 2016.

From the official press release from the University of Georgia:

“Congressman Barrow has an outstanding educational background, a depth of experience in politics at the local and federal level, and a steel-trap mind on matters related to Georgia history, public policy and American politics,” said Stefanie Lindquist, dean of the School of Public and International Affairs. “The students and faculty are very excited that he is joining us this fall as our Scholar in Residence.”

“While I was in Congress, I was incredibly impressed by the caliber of UGA students who were willing to get involved in the political process,” Barrow said. “I’m excited about this class because it’ll give me the opportunity to share that experience-which up until now has been reserved for only a handful of congressional interns-with an even larger number of students. But for me, the most exciting thing is coming back to my alma mater and spending time with a bunch of smart young people who are open to new ideas and experiences.”

Barrow is a graduate of the University of Georgia and moved to Athens following his defeat last winter.

Jessica Szilagyi is a Statewide Contributor for She focuses primarily on state and local politics as well as issues in law enforcement. She has a background in Political Science with a focus in local government and has a Master of Public Administration from the University of Georgia. Jessica is a "Like It Or Not" contributor for Fox5 in Atlanta and has two blogs of her own: The Perspicacious Conservative and "Hair Blowers to Lawn Mowers."

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