Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 025 Terry ColemanReflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 025 Terry Coleman

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 025 Terry Coleman

Descriptive Summary

Title: Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 025 Terry Coleman
Creator: Coleman, Terry Lewis, 1943-
Dates: 2008 April 24
Extent: 1.0 interview
Collection Number: RBRL/220/ROGP
Repository: Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
Abstract: Terry Coleman was born in Dodge County, Georgia, and his legislative career began when he was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 1972, where he served on the Appropriations Commitee. In this interview Coleman discusses his political career in the Georgia General Assembly working on various committees, his role succeeding Tom Murphy as Speaker of the House in 2003, and his work as Deputy Commissioner of Agriculture. He also discusses his working relationships with Murphy and the governors under whom he served, beginning with Jimmy Carter.

Collection Description

Biographical note

Terry Lewis Coleman was born in Dodge County, Georgia. He received his associate’s degree from Reinhardt College, and his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Brenau University. He obtained his law degree from the Woodrow Wilson College of Law. He served in the Eastman Volunteer Fire Department and as an emergency medical technician. Coleman was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 1972, becoming chairman of the Appropriations Committee. In 2003 and 2004, he served as speaker of the house. In 2007, Coleman was appointed by Tommy Irvin to be the deputy commissioner for Agriculture with an emphasis on international trade, homeland security, and legislative issues. Coleman is the founder of Coleman and Company Benefits, Inc, is a member of the Board of Trustees for Georgia Southern University, and owns Huddle House franchises in Eastman and McRae, Georgia.

Scope and Content

Coleman discusses his work in the Georgia legislature working on the budget as chairman of the Appropriations Committee, his later service as Speaker of the House during the 2003-2004 legislative session, and his work as Deputy Commissioner of Agriculture. He talks about the professional relationships he has made throughout his years of public service and comments on the careers of Georgia Governors George Busbee, Joe Frank Harris, Zell Miller, and former Speaker Tom Murphy. Other topics include the state budget, party registration, the amendment to ban same sex marriage, the vote to change the state flag, and Georgia's agriculture industry.


Administrative Information and Restrictions

Custodial History note

Reflections on Georgia Politics began in the fall of 2006 at Young Harris College, as a lecture and discussion program hosted by Georgia political veteran Bob Short. In late 2007, the Richard B. Russell Library began producing the program as an oral history video series to further illuminate and personalize the tectonic shifts that occurred in Georgia politics in the late twentieth century.

Preferred citation

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 025, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.

Copyright Information

Resources may be used under the guidelines described by the U.S. Copyright Office in Section 107, Title 17, United States Code (Fair use). Parties interested in production or commercial use of the resources should contact the Russell Library for a fee schedule.

Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared by Russell staff, 2013.


Related Materials

Access Points

Agriculture--Georgia.
Budget--Georgia.
Busbee, George, 1927-2004
Carter, Jimmy, 1924-
Georgia--Appropriations and expenditures.
Georgia--General Assembly--House of Representatives.
Harris, Joe Frank, 1936-
Miller, Zell Bryan, 1932-
Murphy, Thomas Bailey, 1924-2007
Oral histories.

Related Collections in this Repository

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection


Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

ROGP 025 Terry Coleman video, transcript, and interview index in OHMS Access Online
ROGP 025 Terry Coleman video, 2008 April 24 (Extent: 105.0 minutes ) Access Online
ROGP 025 Terry Coleman transcript, 2008 April 24 Access Online