Pierre Howard

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Pierre Howard
9th Lieutenant Governor of Georgia
In office
January 11, 1991 – January 8, 1999
Governor Zell Miller
Preceded by Zell Miller
Succeeded by Mark Taylor
Personal details
Born (1943-02-03) February 3, 1943 (age 72)
Political party Democratic
Profession Lawyer

Pierre Howard (born February 3, 1943) is an American attorney and politician. He served as ninth Lieutenant Governor of the US state of Georgia.


Howard was born into a political family. His great-grandfather, Thomas Coke Howard, was a member of the Georgia House of Representatives. His grandfather, William S. Howard served in the Georgia House, as well as the U.S. House of Representatives. Howard attended the University of Georgia, where he was captain of the tennis team and president of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa and went on to receive a law degree from the University of Georgia. In 1974, Howard married Nancy Barnes. They have two children, Christopher and Caroline. Howard's pronunciation of his first name is identical to the word "pier".

State Senate[edit]

Howard entered politics in 1972. He was elected to the Georgia State Senate, representing DeKalb County's 42nd district. He was subsequently re-elected eight times, serving a total of 18 years, until 1990.[1] During his tenure in the Senate, Howard served eight years as assistant floor leader for Governor George Busbee and 16 years as chairman of the Senate Human Resources Committee.

Lieutenant governor[edit]

In 1990, Howard ran for the office of Lieutenant Governor. He was elected to a four-year term and was re-elected in 1994. Howard focused on critical issues concerning Georgia families throughout his political career (i.e. graduated licenses and zero tolerance for drinking and driving for teens).

Campaign for governor[edit]

In 1997, Howard announced his intention to run for governor. He was considered by many[who?] to be the front-runner for the Democratic nomination. The metro Atlanta attorney targeted rural voters, with a campaign that reimaged the candidate with humor, stressing his "Southernness" with the slogan "Pierre is French for Bubba".[2] However, prior to the primary election, after having raised over $1 million in campaign contributions, Howard abruptly exited the race, citing family concerns. Campaign funds were returned to contributors.[3] According to the Savannah Morning News, "many Capitol-watchers had trouble believing Howard's reasons for dropping out."[4] In the book Peepshow: Media and Politics in the Age of Scandal, the authors state that "Howard denied that he was bowing out of the race to prevent any ... revalation about himself. There is nothing in my background that worried me and caused me to get out of the race, Howard told suspicious reporters. Almost two weeks later, Jim Wooten, editor of the Atlanta Journal's editorial page, wrote that suspicions lingered nonetheless."[5]


The Interstate 285 and Interstate 20 interchange in DeKalb County, Georgia is named in his honor.


  1. ^ Charles S. Bullock, III, The Georgia Political Almanac, The General Assembly 1993–94
  2. ^ Baltimore Sun
  3. ^ Washington Post
  4. ^ Savannah Now
  5. ^ Larry J. Sabato; S. Robert Lichter; Mark Stencel (1 January 2001). Peepshow: Media and Politics in an Age of Scandal. Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 92–. ISBN 978-0-7425-0011-2. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Zell Miller
Lieutenant Governor of Georgia
January 1991 – January 1999
Succeeded by
Mark Taylor
Georgia Senate
Preceded by
Robert H. Walling
Georgia State Senator from 42nd district
January 1973 – January 1991
Succeeded by
Cathey Steinberg