AKA Robert Marion Berry
Birthplace: Stuttgart, AR
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Party Affiliation: Democratic
Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Congressman from Arkansas, 1997-2011
Rice and soybean farmer and pharmacist elected to Congress in 1996, succeeding Blanche Lincoln. Conservative "Blue Dog" Democrat, generally opposing abortion, gay rights. Supported the 2002 Iraq war resolution, 2008 GM/Chrysler and Wall Street bailouts, 2009 economic stimulus. Opposed 2010 health care reform. Back-bencher, but made headlines in 2007 for calling Rep Adam Putnam (R-Florida) a "Howdy Doody looking nimrod" on the House floor. Defeated for re-election in 2010 by Republican Rick Crawford.
Not to be confused with former Washington DC Mayor Marion Barry.
Wife: Carolyn Lowe (m. 1962)
Daughter: Ann Coggin
High School: DeWitt High School, DeWitt, AR (1960)
University: BS Pharmacy, University of Arkansas (1965)
US Congressman, Arkansas 1st (1997-2011)
White House Staff White House Domestic Policy Council (1993-96)
White House Staff Special Asst. to Bill Clinton for Agricultural Trade & Food Assistance (1993-96)
Arkansas State Official Arkansas Soil and Water Conservation Commission (1986-94)
City Council Gillett, AR (1976-80)
National Student Leadership Conference Honorary Board of Advisors
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