Barnes grew up in Greenville and attended high school at Christ Church Episcopal School. He graduated from Davidson College in 2022 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Political Science. During his time in college, Barnes interned on Capitol Hill and multiple South Carolina campaigns.
After graduating, Barnes worked for the South Carolina Republican Party in Charleston as the Lowcountry Field Director for the Victory program during the 2022 campaign cycle. He also worked as a staff assistant for Senator Tim Scott in Washington, DC in 2023.
Before joining First Tuesday Strategies, Barnes worked as a Regional Field Director for Tim Scott’s presidential campaign, covering the Lowcountry and Grand Strand regions of South Carolina and also working in Iowa.
Davidson College, BA, Economics and Political Science (2022)
Downtown Presbyterian Church in Greenville
Member of Davidson College Honor Council (2020-2022)