Haley Barbour arrested with loaded gun at airport is married to Marsha Dickson: Photos
Republican leader and former Mississippi governor, Haley Barbour, was arrested with a loaded handgun while he was trying to board a plane to Washington from Jackson. The incident that happened earlier this month was not reported in the media at that time.
The 70-year old who is a frequent flyer due to his job as a leading lobbyist in Washington, says that he forgot that he was carrying a loaded gun with five bullets in his briefcase. He was apprehended as the ex-governor went through an airport security checkpoint.
Now media reports are coming out about the arrest of former governor. Reports suggest that he was arrested on Jan. 2 as he tried to head to Washington, D.C.Now he says that he actually forgot that his gun – a .38-caliber revolver loaded with five bullets – was in his briefcase.He said that he wanted to relocate the gun from its current place,but forgot that it was still in his briefcase.
Associated Press quoted him as saying that “This was absentmindedness and nobody’s fault but mine…Next time, I’ll be more observant about getting stuff out of my briefcase”.
Barbour who was Republican National Committee chairman in the mid-1990s and governor from 2004-12 says that hte TSA officials did as they had to do. “They did exactly what they should have done, which was treat me like anybody else,” Barbour was quoted as saying by AP. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein says a TSA officer at a checkpoint X-ray machine spotted a .38 caliber revolver, loaded with five bullets, in a carry-on bag. TSA contacted airport police, who arrested the former governor.
Barbour was born in Yazoo City, Mississippi, and attended the University of Mississippi in Oxford. Later he joined his father’s law firm in Yazoo City…Barbour won re-election as governor in 2007. Before being elected governor, Barbour “had a long career on the national stage and has been well-known as a Republican operative since the Reagan years.” He worked as a lawyer and lobbyist, was an unsuccessful candidate for the U.S. Senate and also served as chairman of the Republican National Committee from 1993 to 1997, during which time the Republicans captured both the United States Senate and United States House of Representatives for the first time since 1954. On June 24, 2009, Barbour was elected the new chairman of the Republican Governors Association, following the resignation of South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford as its leader.
He is among the top lobbyists in Washington. In 1991, Barbour helped found the lobbying group now known as BGR Group, a Washington, D.C.-based lobbying firm, with Ed Rogers, a lawyer who formerly worked in the George H. W. Bush administration. In 1994, Lanny Griffith (also a former Bush administration appointee) joined the firm.
Barbour is married to Marsha Dickson Barbour. Marsha Barbour grew up in Monroeville, Alabama. However, she moved with her family to Canton, Mississippi in 1965. She graduated from Canton High School and the University of Mississippi with a Bachelor of Business Administration in 1970. Marsha and Haley Barbour were married in December 1971 in Canton, Mississippi. After the wedding, the couple moved to his hometown of Yazoo City, Mississippi. They have two adult sons.