Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 117 Harry GeisingerReflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 117 Harry Geisinger

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 117 Harry Geisinger

Descriptive Summary

Title: Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 117 Harry Geisinger
Creator: Geisinger, Harry.
Dates: 2010 July 14
Extent: 1.0 interview
Collection Number: RBRL/220/ROGP
Repository: Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
Abstract: Geisinger's political involvement has included membership on the National Legislative Conference on Campaigning Financing and Ethics. He was the first advisor to the National Legislative Leaders Conference and was honored as an outstanding leader with his attendance at the Eagleton Institute of Politics. He has served as a member on the Marta oversight committee (MARTOC), Natural Resources and Environment, and Transportation House Committees. He has also served as the Vice Chair of the Energy, Utilities, and Telecommunications Committee. Geisinger discusses his time in legislature, the economic value of horse racing, and party politics in Georgia.

Collection Description

Biographical note

Former Republican Gubernatorial candidate, Harry Geisinger has served in the legislature since 1999. He is a Navy Veteran whose start in the working world began at age 7 with door to door magazine sales. He continued to work his way through high school and college before entering a career in advertising sales and coal brokerage.

This work later led to Geisinger being appointed by Ronald Reagan as the Administrator of the Southeastern Power Administration. His political involvement has included membership on the National Legislative Conference on Campaigning Financing and Ethics. He was the first advisor to the National Legislative Leaders Conference and was honored as an outstanding leader with his attendance at the Eagleton Institute of Politics. He has served as a member on the Marta oversight committee (MARTOC), Natural Resources and Environment, and Transportation House Committees. He has also served as the Vice Chair of the Energy, Utilities, and Telecommunications Committee.

Scope and Content

Harry Geisinger discusses growing up in the North and enlisting in the Navy. He recalls coming to Atlanta to expand his father's business. Geisinger discusses his early work in radio and advertising before becoming interested in politics. He recalls running Jimmy Mackey's congressional campaign and comments on the Goldwater years.

Geisinger discusses the water wars, MARTA, and property taxes. He discusses minority representation in the General Assembly. Geisinger recalls his working relationships with Tom Murphy, George Busbee, and George L. Smith. He discusses his appointment to the Administration of Southeastern Power by Ronald Regan. Geisinger weighs in on electronic voting and the security of voting in Georgia.

Geisinger comments on several important issues in Georgia including education, budget deficits, and the HOPE scholarship. He discusses the advantages of having computers in legislative offices and recalls a situation where computers were used to keep track of Georgia's horses.

Geisinger discusses the importance of reapportionment in Georgia politics and comments on the influence of illegal immigrants on the local economy. He comments on his personal experiences with the Tea Party Movement. Geisinger discusses some ad velorum tax legislation he worked on and recalls some of his political disappointments.


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 117, 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

Advertising, Political
Agriculture--Georgia.
Busbee, George, 1927-2004
Education--Georgia.
Electric power.
Georgia--General Assembly--House of Representatives.
Hydroelectric power plants--Georgia.
Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority.
Murphy, Thomas Bailey, 1924-2007
Oral histories.
Political campaigns--Georgia.
Politicians--Georgia.
Smith, George Leon, 1912-1973.
Taxation--Law and legislation--Georgia.
United States--Navy.
Water resources development--Georgia.
Watershed management--Georgia.

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Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

ROGP 117 Harry Geisinger video and interview index in OHMS Access Online
ROGP 117 Harry Geisinger video on YouTube (Extent: 85.0 minutes ) Access Online
ROGP 117 Harry Geisinger PDF transcript Access Online