Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 027 Mike BowersReflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 027 Mike Bowers

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 027 Mike Bowers

Descriptive Summary

Title: Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 027 Mike Bowers
Creator: Bowers, Michael Joseph, 1942-
Dates: 2008 May 7
Extent: 1.0 interview
Collection Number: RBRL/220/ROGP
Repository: Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
Abstract: Mike Bowers formerly served as Georgia's Attorney General (1981-1997) and made an unsuccessful run for governor in 1998. In this interview Bowers discusses his relationships with former Attorney General Arthur Bolton and George Busbee. He addresses his work in support of open government and recalls important cases on which he has worked.

Collection Description

Biographical note

Michael Joseph “Mike” Bowers was born in Commerce, Georgia, in 1942. He graduated from West Point in 1963, and served in the U.S. Air Force until 1970. He received his degree in law from the University of Georgia in 1974, and worked as an assistant state attorney general. In 1981,Governor George Busbee appointed Bowers attorney general. In that position, Bowers made his name advocating open government and a statewide grand jury. He fought against public corruption and political fraud. He left the attorney general position in 1997 in order to run for Georgia governor. He ran as a Republican, losing in the primary to Guy Millner due in part to scandal involving an extramarital affair. Bowers has gone on to a successful private law practice in Atlanta, with Balch and Bingham.

Scope and Content

Bowers discusses his relationship with Attorney General Arthur Bolton and Governor George Busbee, his support of the death penalty, his advocacy for open records, and his push for a statewide grand jury and prosecuting system. Bowers also talks about several cases on which he worked. Furthermore, he addresses ethics reform in government, establishing a relationship with the press, Georgia’s shift from solidly Democratic to Republican, and his failed run for governor in 1998.


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 027, 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

Attorneys General--United States--Georgia.
Bolton, Arthur K., 1922-1997.
Busbee, George, 1927-2004
Oral histories.

Related Collections in this Repository

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection

Zell Miller Papers, Series IX: Audiovisual Material


Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

ROGP 027 Mike Bowers video, 2008 May 7 (Extent: 46.0 minutes ) Access Online
ROGP 027 Mike Bowers transcript, 2008 May 7 Access Online
ROGP 027 Mike Bowers video, transcript, and interview index in OHMS, 2008 May 7 Access Online