ATLANTA -- Former U.S. Rep. Bob Barr announced Friday that he will seek the Republican nomination for the 11th Congressional District seat held by U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey.
The announcement comes on the heels of news earlier this week that Gingrey will run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, who is not seeking re-election.
"I decided to run for two reasons," said Barr, who previously served four terms as a Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives. "One, I'm a terrible optimist, and two, I'm worried like you-know-what about the future of this country ... with the leadership we have right now, particularly in the White House."
Added Barr: "We're about to go off a fiscal abyss here with all this spending. On the other hand, I'm very optimistic about this country. People are waking up to the dangers of the phenomenal growth of government, and I think they're ready to make some tough and consistent choices."
According to his website, bobbarr.org, he represented the 7th district of Georgia in the U.S. House from 1995-2003, and now practices law in Atlanta.
From 2003-2008, he occupied the 21st Century Liberties Chair for Freedom and Privacy at the American Conservative Union, and now is a member of The Constitution Project's Initiative on Liberty and Security. From 2003-2005 he was a member of a project at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government addressing matters of privacy and security.
He serves on the boards of directors for the National Rifle Association. He also is a member of the Cobb County Citizens Oversight Committee and a national officer for Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity.
In 2008, Barr was the Libertarian candidate for president.