Bob Holmes (politician)

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Robert A. "Bob" Holmes is an American politician and Georgia legislator.


Holmes earned a B.S. in political science at Shepherd University in 1964, an M.A. in public law and government at Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in political science at Columbia University at the age of 25.

Academic career[edit]

Until his retirement in 2005 from Clark Atlanta University, Holmes was Director of the Southern Center for Studies in Public Policy and Distinguished Professor of Political Science.[1]

Political career[edit]

Holmes served as a State Representative in the Georgia General Assembly from 1974 to 2008. In 2006, Holmes was re-elected as a Democrat to his seventeenth term, representing the 53rd House district (Parts of Clayton, Fayette, and Fulton Counties). He was a member of the Appropriations and Rules Committees and served as chairman of the Education Committee. Holmes served as chair of the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus in 1990–91. He successfully sponsored or co-sponsored more than 200 laws that have been passed in the Georgia General Assembly.[1]


Holmes serves on the Board of Directors of the Capital City Bank and Trust, the JOMANDI Theater Company, the Sickle Cell Foundation, the Road Runners Club of America and the Metro-Atlanta YMCA.

Part of Interstate 285 was named in his honor, from Interstate 85 in South Fulton County to Interstate 20.

In 2001 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by Shepherd University.[1]

External links[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Walton, Jr, Hanes (1994). Black politics and Black political behavior: a linkage analysis. Praeger. ISBN 978-0-275-94988-4.
  • Holmes, Robert A., "Reapportionment Strategies for the 1990s: The Case of Georgia", chapter in Race and Redistricting in the 1990s edited by Bernard Grofman Algora Publishing (August 2003) ISBN 978-0-87586-262-0


  1. ^ a b c "Holmes '64 is awarded Shepherd honorary doctorate". Shepard College Magazine. Fall 2001. Archived from the original on Jul 14, 2006.