Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 098 Stephanie BenfieldReflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 098 Stephanie Benfield

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 098 Stephanie Benfield

Descriptive Summary

Title: Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 098 Stephanie Benfield
Creator: Benfield, Ethel Stephanie Stuckey, 1965-
Dates: 2009 December 18
Extent: 1.0 interview
Collection Number: RBRL/220/ROGP
Repository: Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
Abstract: Stephanie Stuckey Benfield was born in Eastman, Georgia, on December 25, 1965. The daughter of Congressman Bill Stuckey, Benfield grew up in Washington, D.C. While building her own practice, Stuckey and Manheimer, she worked as legislative aide and attorney to Georgia Senator Mary Margaret Oliver. In 1998, she ran a successful campaign for the Georgia State House of Representatives, currently representing District 85. She discusses the Stuckey family, her time as a state legislator, and party politics in Georgia.

Collection Description

Biographical note

Ethel Stephanie Stuckey Benfield was born in Eastman, Georgia, on December 25, 1965. The daughter of Congressman Bill Stuckey, Benfield grew up in Washington, D.C. She earned a B.A. from the University of Georgia in 1989, and received her law degree from UGA in 1992. While building her own practice, Stuckey and Manheimer, she worked as legislative aide and attorney to Georgia Senator Mary Margaret Oliver. In 1998, she ran a successful campaign for the Georgia State House of Representatives, representing District 85.

Scope and Content

Stephanie Stuckey Benfield recalls growing up in Washington, D.C., after her father's election to Congress, sharing her own experiences in Congress and with President Nixon. She discusses her family's political history and her decision to enter politics. Benfield describes how law school jump-started her political career.

Benfield recalls her first campaign for state house in 1998. She describes the difficulty of running against a Democrat in the primary and recalls the advice her father gave. After winning the election, Benfield recalls her experience in the House of Representatives in 1999. She recalls serving under Tom Murphy, Larry Walker, and Terry Coleman. Benfield recalls her work for Mary Margaret Oliver, preparing her for legislature, and discusses her early goals in legislature.

Benfield discusses the legislature's switch from Democratic to Republican and comments on how individual party switchers affected her. She discusses increased bipartisanship and grass roots movements. Benfield comments on Jimmy Carter's reorganization of government and lists it as a possibility, among tax increases, as a solution for the 2010 recession. She mentions aspirations to run for Georgia Secretary of State and comments on voter ID laws and electronic voting.


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 098, 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

Administrative agencies--Georgia--Reorganization.
Democratic Party (Ga.)
Georgia. General Assembly. House of Representatives.
Georgia. Secretary of State
Lawyers--Georgia.
Murphy, Thomas Bailey, 1924-2007
Nixon, Richard M. (Richard Milhouse), 1913-1994.
Oliver, Mary Margaret, 1948-
Political campaigns--United States--Georgia.
Politicians--Georgia.
Stuckey, Williamson Sylvester, 1935-
University of Georgia. School of Law.
Women legislators.
Women.

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Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

ROGP 098 Stephanie Benfield video, transcript, and interview index in OHMS Access Online
ROGP 098 Stephanie Benfield video (Extent: 44.0 minutes ) Access Online
ROGP 098 Stephanie Benfield transcript Access Online