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Michael Barnes
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Member of the United States House of Representatives
In office
January 3, 1979 – January 3, 1987
Preceded by Newton Steers
Succeeded by Connie Morella
Personal details
Born Michael Darr Barnes
September 3, 1943(1943-09-03) (age 79)
Washington, D.C
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Claudia Dillion Fangboner (div)
Joan Pollitt (m. 2007)
Children Dillon
Parents John P. Barnes
Vernon S. Barnes
Residence Kensington, Maryland
Alma mater University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Graduate Institute of International Studies
George Washington University

Occupation Attorney
Military service
Allegiance United States
Service/branch Marine Corps
Years of service 1967–1969
Rank Corporal

Michael Darr Barnes (born September 3, 1943, in Washington, D.C.) represented the eighth district of Maryland in the United States House of Representatives from 1979 to 1987.

Early life

Born in Washington, D.C. to John P. Barnes former general counsel to C & P Telephone Company, and Vernon S. Barnes. Barnes [1] moved to Chevy Chase in Montgomery County, Maryland at age 13.[2]

Personal life

Married Claudia Dillion Fangboner 1970,[3] has two daughters Dillion and Garry.[2]


After serving in the Marine Corps (1967 to 1969), being discharged with the rank of corporal, Barnes attended George Washington University and obtained a Juris Doctor degree in 1972. Barnes served on the Maryland Public Service Commission.[4] Barnes served as executive director of the 1976 Democratic party platform committee.[4] Barnes served in both private and government practice until his election to the House of Representatives as a Democrat in 1978.[citation needed] During the first session of the 99th Congress, he was the chairman of the Western Hemisphere Subcommittee of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.[5] As a member of Congress, Barnes was an outspoken critic of Ronald Reagan's Central America policy. In 1986, Barnes lost the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senator from Maryland to Barbara Mikulski and retired to private legal practice.

Following his congressional service, Barnes was President of the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, Chair of the Center for National Policy, Chair of the Governor's Commission on Growth in the Chesapeake Bay Region and a member of the Boards of Directors of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, University of Maryland Foundation, Center for International Policy, Public Voice, and the Overseas Development Council. Prior to his service in Congress, Barnes was a Commissioner of the Maryland Public Service Commission and Vice Chairman of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Commission.

From 2000 through 2006, he served as president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Barnes was Senior Of Counsel in the Washington, D.C., law firm of Covington & Burling. He retired as senior counsel at Covington & Burling LLP in December 2010.

Barnes joined the Board of Directors of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority in April 2011 as Principal Director representing Montgomery County and the State of Maryland. He is a senior fellow at the Center for International Policy in Washington, DC. Barnes is also a member of the Inter-American Dialogue[6] and the ReFormers Caucus of Issue One.[7]


Barnes attended the Landon School in Bethesda, Maryland. He graduated from Principia High School in St. Louis, Missouri in 1962. He earned his B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1965, where he was a member of the Delta Upsilon fraternity. He attended the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva, Switzerland from 1965 to 1966. He attained his J.D. from George Washington University in 1972.

Further reading


  1. "Vernon S. Barnes". April 23, 1997. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "U.S. House of Representatives". November 2, 1978. 
  3. "Turner--Price: Williams--Coley". January 11, 1970. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 ". . . And Some House Seats". October 29, 1978. Retrieved March 2, 2013. 
  5. 1985-1986 Official Congressional Directory. Washington: GPO, 1985, 87.
  6. "Inter-American Dialogue | Experts". 

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Newton Steers
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maryland's 8th congressional district

Succeeded by
Connie Morella

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